Videos for the 2013 LA Theology Conference

October 5, 2014

La Theology

Two years ago, Fred Sanders at Biola and Oliver Crisp at Fuller decided to organize and host a new series of lectures in constructive dogmatics, located in that God-forsaken wasteland known as Southern California. Okay, just kidding about the last bit. The lectures have been similar to the Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology, organized by Kevin Vanhoozer at TEDS and inaugurated by John Webster in 2007. The difference is that the Los Angeles series features multiple presenters. It is very encouraging to see our evangelical institutions sponsoring serious theology.

The topic for the first LA Theology Conference was “Christology, Ancient and Modern.” The lectures have been published as a book. You can also view the individual lectures, as well as the group discussion, in the videos below. The presenters include Alan Torrance, George Hunsinger, Katherine Sonderegger, Peter Leithart, and a pre-beard Oliver Crisp.

The lectures were added to YouTube last year, but I have only just now started to view them. So far, I have watched Crisp’s and Torrance’s lectures, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Oliver Crisp

Alan Torrance

George Hunsinger

Katherine Sonderegger

Peter Leithart

Panel Discussion

3 Responses to “Videos for the 2013 LA Theology Conference”

  1. Cal said

    Thanks for sharing these, I finally was able to work through most of them. I enjoyed Torrance and Leithart the most, being the most constructive and biblically oriented of the lot. I proffered a lot from these two, a lot of good food for thought.

    Do you know much about Sondregger? I couldn’t understand anything she was saying, as it was veiled in large conceptual language that could mean anything.

    • Cal said

      I know she’s at an Episcopal seminary, from whence a local canon at a local epispocal congregation denied any literal meaning to resurrection within 5 min as a sermon because ‘everyone now knows that doesn’t happen’.

      I don’t know anything about Virginia Theological Seminary besides that.

      • I have watched them all now, and Torrance was a favorite of mine too. In particular, I loved Torrance’s comments during the panel discussion, where Sonderegger had some very good, probing questions. Yes, her own presentation was difficult to follow at times, and I need to rewatch it. From the little I know of Sonderegger, she is considered rather orthodox and generally more conservative than her colleagues. She has drunk deeply from the well of Barth, and it is within Barthian circles that she is best known and respected. The recently retired dean (and professor of theology) at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte recommended Sonderegger to me with high praise, and this dean is a former student of T. F. Torrance at Edinburgh in the 70’s — so, he’s not a theological lightweight. But still, I don’t know the details of her theology, and some “Barthians” can be rather liberal, emphasizing (over-emphasizing) Barth’s strident anti-positivism.

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