A Critical Engagement with Douglas Campbell’s "The Deliverance of God"

Duke Divinity School

November 09, 2012 to November 10, 2012


This conference will engage Douglas Campbell’s book, "The Deliverance of God" (Eerdmans, 2009). It will summarize and critically discuss his proposals concerning the modern interpretation of Paul’s justification language, argumentation, and resulting version of the gospel. It will cover broader church historical and theological issues, key questions of close exegesis, and the politics of interpretation, especially in the modern American context.

Scholars, students, ministers, and interested lay people are all welcome to attend.

Conference Format
Each session will focus on a paper, which will be pre-circulated to attendees, and should be read in advance by all attendees. The presenters will summarize the papers at the beginning of each session for 5-10 minutes, and designated respondents can then engage in discussion with the presenters. The chair will then move discussion into plenary. Faculty attending the conference and respondents from other sessions will have priority in plenary.

Respondents will include Stephen Chapman, Susan Eastman, Stanley Hauerwas, Willie Jennings, Warren Smith, and David Steinmetz.

Continuing Education
.9 credits  will be awarded for those who attend the entire event.

For any further questions, including information about hotels and travel, please contact T.J. Lang.


Friday Evening, November 9, 2012

7:00-7:05 p.m. Introduction and welcome
7:05-8:00 p.m.
Summary and discussion of “Campbell’s Pauline Critique of the Western Ordo Salutis,” Alan J. Torrance (St. Andrews)
8:00-9:00 p.m.
Summary and discussion of “The Current Crisis: The Capture of Paul’s Gospel by Arianism,” Douglas Campbell (Duke); “Campbell’s Apocalyptic Gospel and Pauline Athanasianism,” Chris Tilling (St. Mellitus College, London)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

8:30-9:30 a.m. Summary and discussion of “Connecting the Dots: One Problem, One Text, and the Way Ahead,” Douglas Campbell
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Summary and discussion of “Rereading Romans 1-3: A Socratic Alternative,” Douglas Campbell
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Summary and discussion of “Campbell’s Faith: Advancing the Pistis Christou Debate,” Chris Tilling
12:00-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (boxed lunch available on request during registration)
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Summary and discussion of “Rereading Paul’s Dikaio - Language,” Douglas Campbell.
2:15-2:45 p.m.
Coffee break
2:45-3:45 p.m.
General plenary with special emphasis on the politics of interpretation

Registration fees:

$20 for regular attendees
$5 for students

Registration will close on Saturday, November 3. There will be no on-site registration.

When you register, please indicate if you will need a parking voucher. Also, please indicate if you would like a box lunch on Saturday for an additional $10. There are also campus dining options nearby. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.

Scholarships are available for those in need. Please contact T.J. Lang for further information.

We recommend the following hotels for their easy access to Duke’s West Campus:

Comfort Inn Medical Park: Call (919) 471-6100 ()
Hilton Durham near Duke University: Call (919) 564-2904
Millennium Hotel Durham: Call (800) 633-5379 or 919-383-8575 ()

Other hotels in the area:
Brookwood Inn, (919) 286-3111
Courtyard by Marriott, (800) 321-2211
Durham Marriott at the Civic Center, (800) 228-9290
Quality Inn & Suites, (919) 382-3388
Homestead Studio Suites, (919) 402-1700
Homewood Suites by Hilton, (919) 401-0610
La Quinta Inn, (919) 401-9660
Red Roof Inn, (919) 471-9882
Sheraton Imperial Hotel, (919) 941-5050
Washington Duke Inn, (919) 490-0999