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For 150 years, the NRT (New Theological Review) has been involved in theological reflection and dialogue. A jubilee symposium was organized in Brussels on 10 and 11 November to review the main moments of this Belgian (and somewhat French) history and discuss current theological topics: the place of the Bible in dogmatic reflection, bioethics or the relationship between philosophy and theology.

Created in 1869, the NRT have had as first mission to make known in Belgium the canonical decisions taken in Rome and to report on pontifical discourses. In 1921, when the reins were entrusted to the Belgian Jesuits, the magazine became a place for reflection and debate among theologians.

The specificity of the NRT is to study religious questions from a strictly theological and ecclesial point of view, according to Christian Revelation, as well as according to the sciences of religions or other human sciences. In each issue, the NRT also includes an impressive number of reviews of recently published books: it is undoubtedly the only theological journal to offer such a broad and sustained overview of publications in the field of religious sciences.

If this review, halfway between the magazine and the book, is not really intended for the general public, it is nevertheless addressed to any Christian who wishes to be trained in the theological questions of our time.

The conference: 10-11 November in Brussels

During two days, historians, philosophers and theologians spoke on different issues.

The first day was devoted to the memory of the journal. Historians Bernard Joassart S.J. and Guillaume Cuchet have demonstrated how modernism and the affair of "new theology" have given the NRT its distinctive marks of universality and moderation. The former directors also discussed key points in the history of the journal, such as the appropriation of Vatican II or the still topical issues of bioethics.

The next day, a dozen speakers followed one another to lead the dialogues on the main themes of the review today: exegesis and dogmatism (notably by Jean-Louis Ska S.J., Biblicum); the place of the mystery of Israel in Christology (Michel Fédou S.J, Centres Sèvres); the role of the Bible in solving problems of moral theology (Alain Thomasset S.J., Centre Sèvres; Sr Noëlle Hausman, NRT); finally the relationship between theology and philosophy (by Pierre Piret S.J., Forum Saint-Michel).

This conference was the occasion for a prayerful thanksgiving, under the chairmanship of Bishop Lode Aerts of Bruges, and a celebration around a large birthday cake... decorated with the names of the 9000 authors of the magazine!

NRT in figures

- 106,000 pages published since 1869

- 400 books reviewed every year

- 1850 subscribers in 2019, living in 85 countries

- 2911 articles published on the website www.nrt.be

Alban Massie S.J., Director of the NRT

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