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The Edward Schillebeeckx Project is a research initiative that seeks to explore the hermeneutical writings of Edward Schillebeeckx O.P. (1914-2009), one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century. The goals of the project are to encourage and stimulate further research on Schillebeeck's work and legacy for contemporary theology.

The project is a collaborative initiative between KU Leuven in Flanders, Belgium and Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands as well as the Edward Schillebeeckx Foundation.  It was funded from 2010-2015 through a research grant by the Fund For Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven.  The project cooperates with The Edward Schillebeeckx Foundation for research and promotion.

Oversight and supervision for the Edward Schillebeeckx Project are provided by the KU Leuven Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, with project supervisors Prof. Dr. Lieven Boeve,Prof. Dr. Leo Kenis, and Prof. Dr. Stephan van Erp. The head researcher for the Project is Dr. Daniel Minch.

Digital Library* 

Search our digital archive of Edward Schillebeeckx's published writings.  This is a new resource for scholars and students who wish to delve more deeply into the work of Edward Schillebeeckx.  New articles and documents will be uploaded periodically in addition to what we already have amassed, following the official Edward Schillebeeckx Bibliography.

*Available to KU Leuven Personnel and Students. Contact us at schillebeeckxproject@kuleuven.befor information on availability to external researchers.

Audio Recordings

KU Leuven is also home to the Center for the Study of Vatican II which houses numerous archives and supports further research on the legacy and appropriation of the Second Vatican Council.

The archive has two unique recordings of Edward Schillebeeckx from the third and fourth council sessions:

1. November 17, 1964 (French)- Given during the Council's "Black Week" (November 14-21).
​2. December 1, 1965 (Dutch)- Only 6 days before the closing session and approval of Gaudium et SpesAd GentesDignitatis Humanae, and Presbyterorum Ordinis.

Conferences and Events

The Authority of the Church in Politics: The Future of Political Theology

From 3-5 November 2016, we held an international symposium that seeks participation from junior scholars in the fields of theology and religious studies, philosophy, and philosophy of religion, particularly for scholars interested in the work of Edward Schillebeeckx. More information on publications resulting from the conference will be available soon.

The 2016 Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture: God: Back With a Vengeance by Terry Eagleton

On Monday, 23 May 2016, Terry Eagleton delivered the biennial Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture at Raboud University Nijmegen. The topic will be the return of God in popular culture and popular language. Eagleton argues that religion is the most successful and pervasive form of popular culture in history, and that Western culture is seeing the return of religion in this realm. You can watch the entire lecture here.

The 2014 Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture: Language Under Pressure by Rowan Williams

On 13 December 2014, Rowan Williams gave the biennial Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture at Raboud University. You can view the entire lecture here.

Edward Schillebeeckx 100: Grace, Governance and Globalisation

A conference held in honor of the 100th birthday of Edward Schillebeeckx.

From 27-30 August 2014, a theological conference was held in honour of Edward Schillebeeckx' 100th birthday. The conference is organized by the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University Leuven, Heythrop College London, and the Edward Schillebeeckx Foundation.

Key note speakers included Lieven Boeve, Erik Borgman, William Cavanaugh, Stephan van Erp, Siobhán Garrigan, Emmanuel Katongole, Sebastian Kim, Annemarie Mayer, Aristotle Papanikolau, Elizabeth Phillips and Graham Ward, and many others.

The lectures delivered by our Schillebeeckx 100 speakers will soon be edited into a volume from Bloomsbury T&T Clark!  Look for this new volume on the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx and political theology in the 21st century in 2016!

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Schillebeeckx 100 Exhibition

In cooperation with the Edward Schillebeeckx Foundation, the KDC Nijmegen, and Radboud University Nijmegen, we are proud to present Schillebeeckx 100- an exhibition in honor of the 100th birthday of Edward Schillebeeckx in the Maurits Sabbe Library of the KU Leuven.  The exhibition ran through December 2014 in Leuven.

Edward Schillebeeckx Essay Prize

Tijdschrift voor Theologie, the scholarly journal founded by Edward Schillebeeckx in 1961, offers a biennial essay competition for young and emerging scholars in cooperation with the Edward Schillebeeckx Foundation.  The prize will be awarded during the 2015 Edward Schillebeeckx Lecture.  In 2013, the Edward Schillebeeckx Lecutre was given by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.  For details on the winners of this year's Essay Prize, please visit the website of Tijdschrift voor Theologie.

Publications and Research


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For Roman Catholic systematic theology, any reflection on the relation between revelation, Scripture and tradition has to take into account the dogmatic constitution of the Second Vatican Council concerning this theme: Dei verbum. In this document, the dialogical nature of these fundamental theological concepts has been accentuated. Revelation, but also Scripture and tradition, are historical dynamic givens that reveal a salvific God at work in our history, both through Christ and in the Spirit. In conversation with Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, both the coming into being of this document and its main assets are discussed. Moreover, it will be Dei verbum's reception, and especially the difficulties subsequently encountered to uphold and institutionally anchor the dialogical nature of revelation, tradition, theology and the magisterium that are also commented upon. Inasmuch, however, as Dei verbum has become a part of tradition for the Roman Catholic Church, a reading and rereading of this tradition requires the same dialogical hermeneutical principles which Dei verbum itself presents and requires.

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