Happy Golden Anniversary, Horizons!
The entire editorial staff is excited to bring our readers a celebration of fifty years of Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society. We decided that the fiftieth anniversary of a journal of Catholic theology created in the optimistic spirit of Vatican II and operated by the lay women and men who formed the College Theology Society deserved a two-volume celebration. The collective four issues of volumes fifty and fifty-one, therefore, will each feature an anniversary “Retrospective and Prospective” roundtable, which will include a reprint of an article that the editors have deemed “a greatest hit” for Horizons and feature two scholars’ responses to the article, noting its significance for its time and commenting on the needs of the present with regard to the topic at hand. We’ll also be featuring reflections old and new from former editors, virtual issues highlighting even more “greatest hits” from our archives, and tributes from some of the contributors and readers of Horizons who have made these 50 wonderful years possible!
In the first installment of the Horizons anniversary collection, our anniversary roundtable features Raymond E. Brown’s article from Horizons 1.1 (1974), “‘Who Do Men Say that I Am?’—Modern Scholarship on Gospel Christology.” Pheme Perkins, Boston College, and Gilberto A. Ruiz, Saint Anselm College, respond.
Perkins and Ruiz offer probing and appreciative perspectives on Brown’s insights that also challenge biblical scholars and theologians to a renewed cooperation in a twenty-first-century key. We hope that a refreshed reading of Brown with the assistance of Perkins and Ruiz will inspire our readers to continue the conversation. Additionally, founding coeditor Rodger Van Allen provides insights on the naming and founding of Horizons as a preface to reprinting his 1999 account of the origins of the journal. The current editors believe it is important to highlight our “origin story” for a new generation of readers and contributors.
In celebration of this milestone, past editors, contributors and readers were invited to share their tributes to Horizons, their experience with the journal and its history, including:
Bill Portier, University of Dayton
Bradford E. Hinze, Karl Rahner, S.J., Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame
Michele Saracino, Manattan College
Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University
John E. Thiel, Fairfield University
Roger Haight, S.J., Union Theological Seminary
Nancy Pineda-Madrid, T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University
Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Fordham University
Julie Hanlon Rubio, Shea-Heusaman Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University