CFP: Scripture and Theology 2020 (European Academy of Religion)

Christianity relates to the Bible. Yet here the questions begin: How have the Scriptures been received theologically through the centuries? How can biblical studies and systematic theology interact in fruitful ways and be fruitful for the Christian faith in the context of the 21st century? What is the theological status of the Bible?

These are some of the leading questions for the study group on ‘Scripture and Theology’. The first meeting of the study group was part of the second Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, EuARe 2019. In 2020, the study group again convenes scholars from various countries and denominations at EuARe 2020, and we continue to aim at a critical-constructive dialogue on how to be responsible practitioners of theology.

Submission Guidelines

The panel welcomes contributions from all theological traditions. Papers will be selected via a peer-reviewing process based on scholarly quality and their relevance for the panel. As the panel will consist of several slots, we will assemble sub-topics for each slot.

We aim to distribute the papers to respondents and registered participants in advance, in order to allow better preparation and feedback for the given papers. However, making papers accessible this way is not strictly mandatory.

Please turn in your contributions via the chair (, as well as any further questions you may have.

For registration and other organisational matter regarding the conference of the European Academy of Religion, and for information about the academy itself, please refer to

Formal Requirements

  • Abstracts: 500 to 1000 words (including a short summary of up to 150 words), plus references
  • Papers for publication: 5000 to 7000 words
  • Oral presentations: 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes discussion (including up to 5 min response by an invited respondee).

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.


  • December 31, 2019: Deadline for submissions of abstracts
  • January 31, 2020: Acceptance notification
  • June 1, 2020: Full papers due (for respondents and registered participants)
  • June 22–25, 2020: Panel at EuARe 2020
  • September 1, 2020: Submission of camera-ready version for collected volume

List of Topics

Possible topics comprise (but are not restricted to):

  • Scripture and/as revelations
  • Scripture and Tradition
  • Scripture and authority
  • Scripture in various theological traditions
  • The role of Scripture in theological debates
  • Scripture and Christian life
  • The canon and the canonical
  • Hermeneutics in theology
  • Myth and History
  • Form and content in Scripture
  • Scripture and contemporary challenges


Program Committee

  • Nikolaos Asproulis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Greece)
  • Gijsbert van den Brink (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Hans Burger (Researchgroup BEST, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, The Netherlands)
  • Mark Elliott (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Arnold Huijgen (Researchgroup BEST, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
  • John Milbank (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Söding (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Organizing committee

  • Tomas Bokedal (NLA Bergen, Norway & University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
  • Michael Borowski (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Ludger Jansen (University of Rostock & University of Passau, Germany)


We intend to publish a selection of the papers together with contributions from S&T 2019 in a collected volume, edited biannually by the study group


The conference will be held in one of the EuARe-Venues TBA.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to


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