Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Idea of Christendom

The International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria, is hosting a symposium this summer on the idea of Christendom. Seven scholars of widely varying backgrounds and traditions will be speaking on the vision of Christian society in different historical eras, and we are looking forward to some interesting discussions. 

The nature of a Christian society is not a pressing question in most countries today, but the public role of the Church and the Christian in non-confessional states certainly is, and the historical perspective that we have chosen to adopt for this meeting will throw fresh light on the matter for many people. Some very distinguished scholars have graciously agreed to take part, and it promises to be a most profitable few days.

Trumau is very close to Vienna, and we will be organising transport from the nearest train station, Traiskirchen, and from Vienna airport. Vienna is of course only a pleasant train journey away from Rome.
The conference fee of €55 includes meals and accommodation. Registration and payment can be made online at 


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List of speakers:

Fr. Thomas Crean O.P.(Leicester, England)
Maritain, Journet and the New Christendom

Dr. Patrick Nold  (SUNY, Albany)
The Papal Plenitude of Power

Dr. Alexander O’Hara (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Monastic Elites and the Concept of Western Christendom in the Early Middle Ages

Dr. Thomas Pink  (King's College, London)
Church and State in the Counter Reformation

Dr. Judith Ryder (Wolfson College, Oxford)
The Unity of Christendom - a view from fourteenth-century Byzantium

Rev. Dr. Johannes Schwarz (Vaduz, Lichtenstein)
The Kingship of Christ

Fr. Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist. (Heiligenkreuz Abbey)
Empire and Providence in Virgil, Augustine and Dante