Theology Without Borders

Celebrating the Legacy of Peter C. Phan

March 30-31, 2017
Location: Healey Family Student Center Map

World-renowned Georgetown professor Peter Phan has spent his career exploring a range of theological questions, and the two-day "Theology Without Borders" event celebrated his influence and legacy. Featured panelists addressed some of the most significant challenges Phan's scholarly work has examined: How should we understand religious pluralism and how does it benefit society? How do we best live out our religious identities and beliefs while engaging in interreligious dialogue and cooperation? What have been the historic contributions of Catholicism to social justice and what are the most pressing challenges facing Church and world alike today? How does religion treat matters of death and the soul? How should we best understand how Christian communities across the globe have emerged as a truly global church of diverse churches?

Phan was born in Vietnam and emigrated as a refugee to the United States in 1975. Presently, he is Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University and is the founding director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies. Prior to his role at Georgetown, he served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and taught at a variety of universities. In 2010, Phan was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding achievements in theology, and in 2015, he was elected president of the American Theological Society. To date, Phan has authored and edited over 30 books. A range of expert panelists at the "Theology Without Borders" event discussed this impressive body of work, and the conference concluded with a response from Peter Phan, followed by audience Q&A.


Thursday, March 30

Welcome and Introduction | Thomas Banchoff

Being Religious Interreligiously: Religious Pluralism and the Wider Ecumenism | John Borelli, Chester GillisDebora Tonelli, Keith Ward, Gerard Mannion (moderator) 

Friday, March 31

Matters of Life and Death: Social Thought and Eschatology | Christina Astorga, Brian Doyle, David Hollenbach, S.J., Alan Mitchell, Julia Lamm (moderator)

World Christianities: the Emergence of a Truly Global Church | José Casanova, Dale T. Irvin, Jonathan Tan, Anh Tran, Brian Flanagan (moderator)

Peter C. Phan and Debates within Contemporary Catholicism | Charles E. Curran, Brian Flanagan, Daniel Madigan, Gerard Mannion, John Borelli (moderator)

Theology Without Borders: Assessing the Legacy of Peter Phan | John O’Malley, William Loewe, Leo Lefebure, Gerard Mannion (moderator)

Response and General Q&A with Peter C. Phan

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Theology Without Borders: Essays in Honor of Peter C. Phan

The essays in "Theology without Borders," an edited volume published by Georgetown University Press, offer a variety of perspectives across Peter Phan's fundamental work in eschatology, world Christianity, interreligious dialogue, and much more.
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