22 September 2007

philosophy and liturgy

Among the Calvin Seminars in Christian Scholarship next year will be a conference, sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, entitled Philosophy and Liturgy: Ritual, Practice, and Embodied Wisdom. The conference will be held 20-22 May 2008 in the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.

Hosts include James K.A. Smith, John Witvliet, and Nicholas Wolterstorff, with plenary speakers Sarah Coakley, Terence Cuneo, Reinhard Hütter, Peter Ochs, James K.A. Smith, and Nicholas Wolterstorff.

Here's a description from the website: The renaissance in Christian philosophy has engendered sustained philosophical reflection on a number of key aspects of Christian theology, but there has been a notable paucity of philosophical engagement with a central aspect of Christian practice: worship and liturgy.

This conference brings together leading scholars in philosophy and theology to investigate key themes in worship with the tools of philosophy, with the ultimate goal of informing Christian practice. There is also the reciprocal goal of letting Christian liturgical practice become a fund for philosophical reflection on classic questions and themes. The conference will thus stage a reciprocal encounter between philosophy and liturgy, with the goal of generating a liturgical philosophy, and a philosophically-informed liturgy.

Sounds fascinating and stimulating.