An Adventure in Ecumenicity

Berkouwer and the Nouvelle Théologie

Presentation and Panel Discussion on Reformed
Theologian G. C. Berkouwer as Ecumenist

Does ecumenical dialogue among evangelicals, Reformed Protestants, and Roman Catholics advance Christian unity? Is it possible for Roman Catholics and Protestants to be open to the common truths that come out of serious theological dialogue? Or, does an “adventure in ecumenicity” lead us to underestimate real differences and, perhaps even encourage indifference?

These are the sorts of questions that arise from the recently published work by Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Eduardo Echeverria’s (Sacred Heart Major Semi-nary, Detroit), Berkouwer and Catholicism: Disputed Questions (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013). Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer (1903–1996) was Professor of Theology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam from 1945 on, producing an influential 18-volume Dogmatic Studies. He was also a life-long student of Roman Catholicism, writing wrote no less than five full-length monographs on the subject and was invited to serve as a Protestant observer at the Second Vatican Council.

On March 4, 2014, at 7:00 PM, in an address at the DeVos Auditorium, Calvin Seminary, “Berkouwer and the Nouvelle Théologie,” Dr. Echeverria will consider the developments in Catholic biblical and historical theology that led Berkouwer to a reassessment of his earlier take on Catholicism and the Refor-mation. Response to the lecture will be given by Dr. John Bolt, Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Seminary and a graduate of the Roman Catholic University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and Fr. John Kenny, CSP, Scholar-in-Residence at the Catholic Information Center, Cathedral of St. Andrews, Grand Rapids. Following the presentations, the three speakers will participate in a panel to respond to questions from the audience.

Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Respondents: 

Dr. John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary

Father John Kenny, CSP Catholic Information Center

Sponsored by: Calvin Theological Seminary

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