From October 2012 through October 2015, the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine will sponsor four annual conferences commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. These conferences will seek to advance contemporary reflection on the theological significance of the Council, that is, on the contributions that the Council has made to reflection on central aspects of the theological task, from the appropriation of divine revelation and sacred Scripture to how the Church understands itself and its mission. The conferences will encourage the ongoing intersection of contemporary theological, philosophical and exegetical conversations with the documents of the Council.
2012 - Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture
The first conference was held at the University of Dayton from October 25-27, 2012. Titled "Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture," it gathered biblical scholars, patristics experts, historians and theologians to reflect upon how and why Christians receive these ancient texts as the word of God, and what this means for the life of faith.
2013 - Dignitatis Humanae: The Future of Religious Freedom
The second conference will be on "Dignitatis Humanae: Reflections on Religious Freedom," and is being planned for October 24-26, 2013. This conference will invite historical, philosophical, and theological reflection on the theme of "Church and state," the nature of religious freedom and coercion, and so forth.
2014 - Nostra Aetate at 50: On the Contributions of David Novak to Jewish-Christian Dialogue
The third conference is planned for October 2014 and will be co-organized by Leora Batnitzky of Princeton University. Its title will be "Nostra Aetate at 50: On the Contributions of David Novak to Jewish-Christian Dialogue."
2015 - To be announced
The fourth conference is planned for October 2015 and will engage Lumen Gentium.
Each Spring, the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine will convene a smaller symposium on a topic related to the Center's interests. In Spring 2013, this symposium will discuss Marian doctrine and will include presentations by Paul Griffiths (Duke University Divinity School), John Cavadini (Notre Dame), Bruce Marshall (Southern Methodist University), and Reinhard Hütter (Duke University Divinity School).