Symposium on Eduardo Echeverria’s book, Divine Election: A Catholic Orientation in Dogmatic and Ecumenical Perspective  

Dr. Eduardo Echeverria is a professor of philosophy and systematic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Graduate School of Theology, Detroit, MI.

About the book

This dogmatic study addresses two perennial questions. First, how do we reconcile God's sovereignty with human freedom, not just in general, but particularly with respect to the Church's full understanding of God's plan of salvation as a work of grace? Second (and equally crucial) is the question of how we reconcile God's universal salvific will with the mystery of predestination, election, and reprobation. The author of this study does theology within the normative tradition of confessional Catholicism, and thus in the light of Catholic teaching. But this study is also an ecumenical work, indeed, a work in receptive ecumenism, and hence he listens attentively to the reflections and arguments not only of his fellow Catholic theologians (Matthias Joseph Scheeben and Hans Urs von Balthasar) but also theologians of the Evangelical and Reformed traditions (John Calvin, Herman Bavinck, Karl Barth, and G.C. Berkouwer). This book concludes with a Catholic synthesis regarding the doctrine of divine election in dogmatic and ecumenical perspective.


9:00am Introduction

First set of Respondents

Adriaan Neele, Ph. D. (Reformed Protestant)
Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: “ Trajectories of catholicity: A Protestant Reformed Perspective”
Philip Blosser, Ph.D. (Catholic)
Professor of Philosophy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
Title: “ Freedom and Determinism in the Theology of John Calvin”

Second Set of Respondents

Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D. (Catholic)
Professor of Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
Title: “ Divine Election in Light of the De Auxiliis Controversy”
Jordan Ballor, Dr. theol., Ph.D. (Reformed Protestant)
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Publishing, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: “ Ecumenical Dynamics of the Doctrine of Election in the Post - Reformation Era”
12:00pmEduardo Echeverria
Title: Responds to his Respondents   
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm  Panel and Questions
2:30pm Conclusion


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