Call For Papers: Theology and The Office (Deadline Jan31)

Title: Theology and The Office

Volume Editors: Daniel J. Cameron & John W. McCormack

Abstract and CV Due: January 31, 2023

Initial Final Paper Due: June 30, 2023


In 2020, seven years after the show officially ended, the hit NBC series The Office was the number 1 streamed tv show with over 57 billion viewing minutes beating out the second most streamed show (Grey’s Anatomy) by 45%.[1] In 2016, Rolling Stone Magazine listed The Office within the top 50 most popular tv shows of all time.[2] The show has had a lasting and deep influence on the trajectory of popular culture. It is because of The Office, that shows like Brooklyne Nine-NineParks and Recreation, and The Good Place exist.[3]The show is beloved by many for its witty humor, relatable characters, and simple  storyline. But, can The Office be reduced down to another comedy that seeks cheap laughter from its one liners such as “that’s what she said,” its jello pranks, or its absurd characters (i.e. Dwight Shrute) or is there something more, something deeper that we can learn from the things that happen at this fictional Pennsylvania paper company?

This book will argue along with Pam Beasley that “there is a lot of beauty in ordinary things.”[4] Or more specifically there is a lot of theology in ordinary things. This book will be an addition to the Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture series(Lexington Books, Fortress Academic) and while it imagines a broad range of readers, it will be of particular interest to those with an interest in comedy and tv sitcoms, as well as academics interested in intersections of religion and culture.  This volume seeks to gather a diverse group of scholars across the field of theology, religion, and related fields in order to produce a book that will provide both a theological lens through which to view The Office as well as to be a space for current cutting edge theological research to take place.


Potential Topics:

– Vocation/calling

– Friendship/fellowship/romance

– Difficult people, imperfect people

– Ethics in The Office

– Religion, “Religion,” and Religions in the Office

– Holidays/ritual observances/liturgical practice (Halloween episodes, Christmas episodes, pretzel day, Diwali, the Christening, weddings, birthday parties)

– Emotions in The Office (Andy’s anger management, Kelly’s manipulations, Gabe’s anxiety, Dwight’s refusal to smile, Toby’s face, etc.)

 – Gender, Sexuality, Family, and Relationships (Michael Scott’s masculinity; Oscar, Angela, and the Senator; Ryan and Kelly; “You have to tolerate a lot when you’re part of a family.”)

– Bosses and Authority (Michael, Jan, David Wallace, Robert California, etc.) 

– Acceptance and Belonging (Michael: “I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked, but it’s not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised;” “Everybody likes the guy who offers them a stick of gum.” Dwight: “Do you want to form an alliance with me?”)

– Racial and ethnic identities in The Office (Diversity Day, The Convict,  Warehouse employees, IT guy, Hidetoshi Hasagawa, Sabre’s “Print in All Colors” initiative,  etc.)

– Transgression, Sin, and Punishment (Fake firings, Pizza by Alfredo, Michael’s nephew, the Scranton Strangler, etc.)

– Technology (Michael’s GPS; Dunder Mifflin Infinity (2.0); “Unleash the power of the pyramid”; WUPHF)

– Aesthetics, decor, identity (desk toys  and all that)

– Creativity (Here Comes Treble, Improv, Art School, Local Ad, Second Life, the Flenderson Files, etc.)

– Popular Culture in the Office (Parkour, Bobbleheads, Sweeney Todd)

– Time (“It’s a quarter to 5, and I have begun to gather my things.” “I’ve been salesman of the month thirteen out of the last twelve months.”)

– Space and place (The Break Room, the Conference Room, the Warehouse)

– Life inside and outside The Office (Call Center, Schrute Farms, truth and reality, etc.)

– The relationship between the Scranton branch and “Corporate” (and other branches, Sabre/Tallahassee, etc.)

– Cinematography and The Office (Talking Heads and the Idea of Hope, mockumentary style storytelling, etc)


Timeframes:

Please send a 500-word abstract, accompanied by a current CV, to TheologyAndTheOffice@gmail.com by January 31, 2023. Acceptance notifications will be sent out February 15, 2023. Full manuscripts (6,000-8,000 words)  are due on June 30, 2023. Manuscripts will be returned to contributors on August 1, 2023. Final revised manuscripts will be due by October 15, 2023. The completed volume will be submitted to the publisher December 1, 2023 for anticipated publication in 2024.

Daniel J. Cameron holds an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a Ph.D. candidate  in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen and serves as the Bible Department head and Spiritual Life Director at Chicago Hope Academy (IL, USA) where he teaches a course in theology and film.

John W. McCormack holds an MAR from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame and is Associate Professor of Religion and History at Aurora University (IL, USA). 


Notes

[1] Rick Porter. “’Ozark,’ ‘the Office’ Lead Nielsen’s 2020 Streaming Rankings.” The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, January 13, 2021.

[2] Rob Sheffield. “100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.” Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, July 29, 2019.

[3] Kelly Lawler, “’The Office’ Turns 15: All the Ways NBC’s Quirky Sitcom Changed Pop Culture,” USA Today (Gannett Satellite Information Network, March 24, 2020).

[4] The Office. 2013. Season 9, Episode 25, “Finale.” Directed by Ken Kwapis. Aired May 13, 2013 on NBC.

Psychology and Theology of Faith Academic Cross-Training Grants – Jan 23 – Application Deadline.

The Psychology of Faith Academic Cross-Training

With the support of the John Templeton Foundation, the University of St. Thomas (MN) announced The Psychology and Theology of Faith sub-granting competition in fall of 2022. The goal is to fund academic cross-training in the psychological sciences for scholars of Christian theology or philosophy of religion with research interests relating to religious belief or religious commitment. Six successful applicants will each receive a $70,000 award providing the opportunity to take courses in and work with mentors from the psychological sciences, in order to apply and leverage insights from the psychological sciences in their work as theologians and philosophers. This project is being supervised by professors Michael Rota (Univ. of St. Thomas) and Elizabeth Jackson (Toronto Metropolitan Univ.)

Applications are due Jan 23, 2023. For more information, see 

https://cas.stthomas.edu/departments/areas-of-study/philosophy/academic-cross-training-grant/index.html.

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 Pages: 477 – 495

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000281?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “A Dramatic Heist of Epic Proportion: Iphigenia among the Taurians in the Acts of the Apostles”

Author: Bilby, Mark G.  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 496 – 518

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000293?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Hide the Outcasts: Isaiah 16:3–4 and Fugitive Slave Laws”

Author: Couey, J. Blake  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 519 – 537

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S001781602200030X?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Beyond the Underdog Mentality: Philo-Semitism amongst Protestant Rescuers in Wartime Ukraine”

Author: Ostapenko, Raisa  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 538 – 565

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000311?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “A Tembel Hat in the Streets of Nazareth: Paul Gauthier’s Israeli Experience”

Author: Kandel Lamdan, Silvana  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 566 – 590

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000323?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Interfaith Dialogue and Mystical Consciousness”

Author: Portilla, Isaac  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 591 – 620

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000335?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Jesus and John Wayne and the Shifting Grounds of Evangelical Historiography”

Author: Kim, Helen Jin  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 621 – 628

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000347?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Summaries of Doctoral Dissertations”

Author: De La Guardia, Jennifer Haasis  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 629 – 636

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000359?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “HTR volume 115 issue 4 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 1 – 3

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000207?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “HTR volume 115 issue 4 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2022-11-09
 Pages: 1 – 3

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816022000360?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Irish Theological Quarterly – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Cultural Plurality and Inculturation: Foundations for Intercultural Dialogue”

Author: James Gerard McEvoy  Date: 2022-09-30T09:15:12Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 259 – 279

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221127120?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “The Anatomy of Salvation: Robert Grosseteste on Christ’s Death, Passion, and Satisfaction”

Author: William Crozier  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:44Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 280 – 296

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221127119?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Fruit of the Earth and Work of Human Hands: Connecting the Eucharist and Regenerative Agriculture”

Author: Lucas Briola  Date: 2022-09-30T09:11:05Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 297 – 314

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221127112?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “‘Born from a Woman’: Unveiling the Marian Mystery beneath Paul’s Allegory in Galatians 4”

Author: Kevin M. Clarke  Date: 2022-10-15T08:11:38Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 315 – 333

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221127113?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “The Transcendental Unity of Apperception and Christian Apophaticism”

Author: Harry Moore  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:38Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 334 – 356

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221127126?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century”

Author: Adrian Graffy  Date: 2022-10-11T07:29:42Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 357 – 362

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History”

Author: Colmán Ó Clabaigh  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:38Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 362 – 364

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404a?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Christian Solar Symbolism and Jesus the Sun of Justice”

Author: Liam Tracey  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:39Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 364 – 366

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404b?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’”

Author: Liam Tracey  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:39Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 366 – 368

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404c?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Politics of Irish Primary Education: Reform in an Era of Secularisation”

Author: David Kennedy  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:39Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 368 – 370

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404d?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief”

Author: Philipp W. Rosemann  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:39Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 370 – 373

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404e?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Shape of Anglican Theology: Faith Seeking Wisdom”

Author: Randall J. Price  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:40Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 373 – 375

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404f?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Education in Late Antiquity”

Author: John Sullivan  Date: 2022-11-01T05:47:41Z
Publication:  Vol:87   Numb. 4  Pages: 375 – 378

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400221129404g?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Corrigendum to Recovering the Liturgical Background to Christian Atonement: The Approach of James Alison and Joseph Ratzinger”

Author:  Date: 2020-12-26T09:14:54Z
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages:

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140020987074?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Pro Ecclesia (latest Table of Contents)

Title:   “Editor’s Note”

Author: Phillip Cary  Date: 2022-10-24T01:33:26Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 431 – 432

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221123921?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Dicit Augustinus: Model Sermons as Episcopal Formation in St. Augustine’s Tractates on the Gospel of John 55–124”

Author: Shane M. Owens  Date: 2022-06-20T04:15:29Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 433 – 453

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221108054?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Confitendum et proficiendum: Augustine on the Rule of Faith and the Christian Life”

Author: Alex Fogleman  Date: 2022-07-07T06:59:37Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 454 – 477

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221112039?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “The Grammar of Salvation: The Function of Trinitarian Theology in the Works of Karen Kilby and Robert Jenson”

Author: Michael Brain  Date: 2022-10-13T07:30:17Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 478 – 503

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221129971?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Karl Barth: A Catholic Appraisal”

Author: Bruce D. Marshall  Date: 2022-09-01T06:58:47Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 504 – 520

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221123989?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Karl Barth and Catholic Theology: Does Barth Undo the Deep Grammar of Nicene Faith?”

Author: Paul D. Molnar  Date: 2022-08-29T07:06:44Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 521 – 541

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221122310?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “The Incarnation of the Eternal Son: Fitting, not Necessary”

Author: Paul R. Hinlicky  Date: 2022-09-01T06:58:28Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 542 – 558

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221122281?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “A Farewell to All That”

Author: Katherine Sonderegger  Date: 2022-09-15T06:24:07Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 559 – 568

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221123972?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Reasons to Say Farewell”

Author: Bruce D. Marshall  Date: 2022-09-23T07:18:50Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 569 – 584

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221124053?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Discerning Barth’s Legacy: Sorting the Good Conflicts From the Bad”

Author: Christopher R.J. Holmes  Date: 2022-09-06T07:08:02Z
Publication:  Vol:31   Numb. 4  Pages: 585 – 600

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10638512221124042?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Theology and Science

Title:   “Prebunking Disinformation in Science, Skepticism, and Theology”

Author: Ted Peters  Date: 2022-10-28T06:05:21Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 381 – 385

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124476?af=R


Title:   “Aspects of Experience and Their Role in Systematic Theology”

Author: John Daniel Andersen  Date: 2022-09-21T04:08:32Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 386 – 400

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124477?af=R


Title:   “The Evolutionary Biology of Play as a Parameter for Animal Heaven”

Author: Thomas W. Martin  Date: 2022-10-12T02:04:20Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 401 – 415

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124478?af=R


Title:   “Ethical Dilemmas in Developing a Vaccine to Prevent COVID-19: The Perspective of Jewish Ethics”

Author: Tsuriel Rashi  Date: 2022-09-19T05:54:16Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 416 – 427

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124479?af=R


Title:   “Grace Contra Nature: The Etiology of Christian Religious Beliefs from the Perspective of Theology and the Cognitive Science of Religion”

Author: Stanisław Ruczaj  Date: 2022-09-26T09:34:12Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 428 – 444

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124480?af=R


Title:   “The Global/Local Distinction Vindicates Leibniz’s Theodicy”

Author: James Franklin  Date: 2022-10-17T06:10:58Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 445 – 462

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124481?af=R


Title:   “Fundamental Scientific Theories and the Problem of Metaphysical Impartiality: Comments on Stenmark’s Response to Golshani”

Author: Vahid Taebnia  Date: 2022-10-12T02:00:25Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 463 – 473

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124482?af=R


Title:   “St. George Jackson Mivart: Evo-Devo, Epigenetics and Thomism”

Author: David O. Brown  Date: 2022-09-21T04:11:32Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 474 – 492

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124483?af=R


Title:   “Countercurrent of Life”

Author: George Christopher  Date: 2022-09-22T06:46:54Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 493 – 503

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124484?af=R


Title:   “Critical Realism, Social Constructivism, and the Trinity”

Author: John B. King  Date: 2022-09-19T05:56:30Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 504 – 518

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124485?af=R


Title:   “Science and Religion in a Monotheistic Perspective”

Author: John F. Haught  Date: 2022-10-21T01:57:48Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 519 – 520

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124486?af=R


Title:   “God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking Said and Why It Matters”

Author: Robert John Russell  Date: 2022-10-21T01:47:59Z
Publication:  Vol:20   Numb. 4  Pages: 520 – 525

Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2022.2124487?af=R


Journal of Analytic Theology – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Introduction to Special Issue on Jewish Analytic Theology”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/521


Title:   “The Claim of Holiness”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/512


Title:   “What is the Best Jewish Account of the Grounds of Worship of God?”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/513


Title:   “What’s So Bad about Worshipping Other Gods?”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/514


Title:   “For all the Blessings of this Life”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/515


Title:   “Good Enough to be God”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/516


Title:   “A Dilemma for De Dicto Halakhic Motivation: Why Mitzvot Don’t Require Intention”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/517


Title:   “Worship, Apophaticism, and Non-Propositional Knowledge”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/518


Title:   “Toward an African Theory of the Atonement”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/403


Title:   “Can Analytic Theology be Phenomenological?”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/398


Title:   “Closeness with God”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/413


Title:   “Self-Defense for Theists”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/388


Title:   “Descartes on Necessity and the Laws of Nature”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/404


Title:   “The One vs. The Many”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/423


Title:   “Transubstantiation”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/466


Title:   “Discovery of the Sixth Ecumenical Council’s Trinitarian Theology”

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/455


Title:   “William Lane Craig. In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/500


Title:   “James M. Arcadi and James T. Turner, Jr., eds. T&T Clark Handbook of Analytic Theology

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/501


Title:   “Hud Hudson. Fallenness and Flourishing

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/502


Title:   “Michelle Panchuk and Michael Rea, eds. Voices from the Edge: Centering Marginalized Perspectives in Analytic Theology

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/503


Title:   “Jeffrey Koperski. Divine Action, Determinism, and the Laws of Nature

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/505


Title:   “Samuel Lebens. The Principles of Judaism

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/506


Title:   “Michael C. Rea. Essays in Analytic Theology, Volumes 1 and 2

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/507


Title:   “Thomas H. McCall. Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/508


Title:   “Mark C. Murphy. Divine Holiness and Divine Action

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/509


Title:   “Joanna Leidenhag. Minding Creation: Theological Panpsychism and the Doctrine of Creation

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/510


Title:   “William Wood. Analytic Theology and the Academic Study of Religion

Author:  
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://jat-ojs-baylor.tdl.org/jat/article/view/511


Scottish Journal of Theology

Latest Table of Contents.

Title:   “Swimming against the theological and pedagogical stream: Lessons from Karl Barth on teaching within the theological disciplines”

Author: Bender, Kimlyn J.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 295 – 307

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000588


Title:   “Whole God and whole man: Deification as incarnation in Maximus the Confessor”

Author: Korb, Samuel  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 308 – 318

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062200059X


Title:   “Beatific embodiment: An Augustinian appraisal of our end-time embodiment”

Author: Luke, Sean  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 319 – 328

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000606


Title:   “Forming the imagination: Reading the Psalms with poets”

Author: Jones, Ethan C.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 329 – 346

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000618


Title:   “Karl Barth on election and nationhood: Christological reflections from 1936”

Author: Tseng, Shao Kai  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 347 – 362

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062200062X


Title:   “Infant baptism and the disposition to saving faith”

Author: Crisp, Oliver D.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 363 – 373

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000631


Title:   “Paul S. Fiddes, Iris Murdoch and the Others: A Writer in Dialogue with Theology. (London: T&T Clark, 2021), pp. x + 220. $115.00”

Author: Hawkins, Peter S.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 374 – 375

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000552


Title:   “Paul J. DeHart, Creation and Transcendence: Theological Essays on the Divine Sublime (London: T&T Clark, 2021), pp. xii + 290. $117.00”

Author: Baker, Anthony D.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 376 – 377

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000400


Title:   “Jan Muis, The Implicit Theology of the Lord’s Prayer: A Biblical and Theological Investigation (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2020), pp. xxii + 411. $135.00”

Author: Black, C. Clifton  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 378 – 379

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062200045X


Title:   “Brendan Byrne, Paul and the Economy of Salvation: Reading from the Perspective of the Last Judgment (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021), pp. xvi + 286. $45.00”

Author: Maston, Jason  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 379 – 381

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000485


Title:   “Joel Banman, Reading in the Presence of Christ: A Study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Bibliology and Exegesis (London: T&T Clark, 2020), pp. xi + 228. £85.00”

Author: Phillips, Jacob  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 381 – 382

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000497


Title:   “Wolfram Kinzig, Christian Persecution in Antiquity, trans. Markus Bockmuehl (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2021), pp. viii + 173. $29.99”

Author: Rebillard, Eric  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 383 – 384

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000576


Title:   “Alexis Torrance, Human Perfection in Byzantine Theology: Attaining the Fullness of Christ (Oxford: OUP, 2020), pp. xiii + 239. £65.00/$85.00”

Author: Kalish, Kevin  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 384 – 386

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000448


Title:   “Katja Voges, Religionsfreiheit im christlich-muslimischen Dialog: Optionen für ein christlich motiviertes und dialogorientiertes Engagment (Zurich: TVZ, 2021), pp. 383. CHF 50.00/€ 44.00”

Author: Langenfeld, Aaron  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 386 – 388

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000503


Title:   “Brad East, The Doctrine of Scripture (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2021), pp. xvii + 210. $28.00”

Author: Hartin, Cole  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 388 – 390

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000527


Title:   “Nathan J. Chambers, Reconsidering Creation Ex Nihilo in Genesis 1 (University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns, 2021), pp. ix + 280. $49.95”

Author: Allert, Craig D.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 390 – 391

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000436


Title:   “Sandy Finlayson, Chief Scottish Man: The Life and Ministry of Thomas Chalmers (Leyland: Evangelical Press, 2021), pp. 176. £9.10/$11.99”

Author: Rogers, Tony A.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 391 – 393

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000515


Title:   “Paul Molnar, Freedom, Necessity, and the Knowledge of God: In Conversation with Karl Barth and Thomas F. Torrance (London: T&T Clark, 2021), pp. xiv + 354. $46.95”

Author: Shepherd, Victor A.  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 393 – 395

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000473


Title:   “SJT volume 75 issue 4 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2022-10-14
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 4

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000667


Title:   “SJT volume 75 issue 4 Cover and Back matter”

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Faithful to the Call: Renewing Theological Ethics from the Ground Up

May 11-13th, 2022 | McDonald Centre, Oxford 

What does faithfulness to the call of Christ demand within the political, economic, and social orders of today’s world? Where can Christians turn for help in discerning that call, and how can Christian ethicists serve those who must make difficult moral decisions? 

In May of 2022, prominent ethicists, theologians, philosophers, and practitioners will gather in Oxford to honour Professor Nigel Biggar’s efforts to do Christian ethics from the ground up. Our presenters will mark fifteen years of Biggar’s work as Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology by offering creative and constructive proposals across a wide range of issues, including bioethics, just war, political theology, and academic freedom.


Speakers include: 

Chris Eberle • Jennifer Herdt • Gerald McKenny • James Orr • Daniel Philpott • Charles Mathewes • Patrick Smith • Eric Gregory • Krishan Kumar • Baroness Onora O’Neill

The McDonald Distinguished Lectures will be given by:

Professor Oliver O’Donovan & Professor Nigel Biggar


Register to attend either in person or virtually here.

Note that in-person registrations are currently limited due to Covid.

Call for Papers: Jonathan Edwards Miscellanies Companion, Volume 3

CALL FOR PAPERS: Students and scholars are now invited to contribute essays for publication in The Jonathan Edwards Miscellanies Companion, Volume 3, Foreword by Rhys Bezzant, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center Australia, Senior Lecturer, Ridley College, Melbourne. Participants in this project must have at minimum a master’s degree in history, theology, philosophy, religious studies, literature, or related fields, or be able to demonstrate their qualifications to contribute to the project. Essays should be 5000–7000 words and not previously submitted or published elsewhere. Visit https://jesociety.press/call-for-papers-miscellanies-companion-vol3/.

The Spring 2022 Los Angeles Theology Conference is Rescheduled for March 15-17, 2023

The LATC conference scheduled for spring of this year (2022) has been reschedule to March 15-17, 2023. The announcement from the LATC website is copied below.


“Dear Friends and Supporters of the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) series,

We are writing to let you know that after much careful thought and reflection, we have decided to reschedule LATC 2022 to 2023. This is due to the ongoing situation with the pandemic, and the complications this raises for in-person conferences like ours. We have always maintained that the in-person experience is vital to the success of LATC, which is all about discussion, engagement, and reflection on the Christian tradition of the past for the purposes of constructive systematic theology for today and tomorrow. For this reason we have decided to reschedule rather than to move the conference online. We remain committed to the vision of LATC, and to its future. But we think it would not be responsible to run the conference this March given the current state of affairs. So, we will now have the conference on March 15-17, 2023 at Biola University in La Mirada, California. The theme remains the same: ecclesiology. We trust that you will understand the reasons for this change given the extraordinary circumstances we are all having to navigate, and look forward to seeing you in California in March 2023!

—Oliver, Fred, and Katya (the LATC Team)”


Speakers and breakout topics are the same as originally scheduled, for now. (Images and content are from LATC website .

Plenary Speakers

Natalie Carnes – Baylor University – “Nature, Culture, Church: Reconsidering the Church-World Divide”

Millard J. Erickson – Independent scholar – “Ecclesiology in a Postmodern Age”

Tom Greggs- University of Aberdeen -“Creatura Verbi: Hearing the Living Word through the Spirit in the Church”

Jennifer Powell McNutt -Wheaton College -“Exilic Ecclesiology: Suffering and Apostolicity in Early Modern Reformed Theology”

Paul T. Nimmo – University of Aberdeen – “The Sanctification of the Church: Contemplating the Progress of the People of God”


Breakout Papers

Kimlyn J. Bender, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
“Confessing Christ, Confessing the Church”

Beau Branson, Brescia University
Jordan Wessling, Lindsey Wilson College
“The Church as a Singular, Persisting Institution”

Joshua Cockayne, University of St. Andrews
D. T. Everhart, University of St. Andrews
“‘Members of One Another’: Towards a Kierkegaardian Ecclesiology”

Stephen T. Davis, Claremont McKenna College
Eric T. Yang, Santa Clara University
“God’s Story and the Sameness of the Church Over Time”

Steven Duby, Phoenix Seminary
“‘Bond of Peace’: Ecclesial Unity as Participation in the Son and Spirit”

Daniel L. Hill, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Bound Together in the Holy Fire: Purgation and the Unity and Holiness of the Church”

Jonathan Hill, University of Exeter
“Communion of Saints: Knowledge and Love in Heaven and Earth”

Alex Irving, St. Mellitus College, East Midlands
“The Body of Christ: A Soteriological Basis for the Theological Marks of the Church”

Matt Jenson, Torrey Honors College, Biola University
“Either/Or: On the Necessary, But Maverick, Distinction between Church and World”

Adam Johnson, Torrey Honors College, Biola University
“The Cruciform Ministry of the Church: Refracting the Saving Work of Christ”

Marguerite Kappelhoff, University of Divinity, Melbourne
“The Marks of the Church and the Triune God: ‘Seeking and Creating Fellowship’”

Kimberley Kroll, Grand Canyon University
“Holy Branches: A Constructive Model of the Spirit’s Presence in the Church”

Steven Nemes, North Phoenix Preparatory Academy
“The Church and Infallibility”

Open Theology (Call for Papers) – Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible.

Open Theology (https://www.degruyter.com/OPTH) invites submissions for the topical issue “Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible,” edited by Danilo Verde (KU Leuven) and Dominik Markl (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome).

Deadline – March 31, 2022


In his work titled Trauma: A Social Theory, American sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander argues: “Cultural trauma occurs when members of a collectivity feel they have been subjected to a horrendous event that leaves indelible marks upon their group consciousness, marking their memories forever and changing their future identity in fundamental and irrevocable ways” (p. 19). From this perspective, the mere occurrence of historical catastrophes or collective traumas does not necessarily result in cultural trauma, since cultural trauma only emerges when a collective catastrophe indelibly shapes a group’s collective memory and produces a profound revision of that group’s collective identity. Cultural trauma studies by no means constitute a single, monolithic research paradigm; yet, scholars in this field largely agree that cultural traumas “are for the most part historically made, not born” (Neil J. Smelser, Psychological Trauma and Cultural Trauma, 37), in the sense that they are the result of complex social processes.


Assuming the perspective of cultural trauma studies in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament scholarship involves understanding how texts and traditions that eventually formed the HB/OT both represented and shaped ancient Israel’s collective identity as profoundly disrupted and in need of recreation. The HB/OT frequently refers to collective experiences of disasters and crises. We accept papers that investigate the interrelationship between biblical representations of collective suffering and the creation of collective identity in ancient Israel and early Judaism in light of cultural trauma theory. Authors will explore biblical texts such as collective laments, curses, narratives, etc. not only as texts representing and voicing the community’s experience of catastrophic events, but also as tools to shape cultural trauma in ancient Israel and early Judaism. Authors are also encouraged to explore relevant texts as “equipment for living” (see  Kenneth Burke, Literature as Equipment for Living, 593-598) for the addressed community, namely as the literary and religious heritage through which the carrier groups of biblical texts attempted to build social resilience by coping with and giving meaning to collective suffering. Among others, topics or areas of focus might include:

  • Representations of collective trauma in the HB/OT: Narrative texts
  • Representations of collective trauma in the HB/OT: Poetic texts
  • Biblical strategies for the shaping of cultural traumas
  • Biblical strategies for the shaping of social resilience
  • Cultural trauma in the HB/OT and in ancient near Eastern literature: Patterns and motifs
  • Carrier groups of cultural traumas and their agendas in ancient Israel and early Judaism
  • Cultural trauma hermeneutics and historical critical approaches
  • The use of the Bible in shaping cultural trauma in the history of Judaism and Christianity

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:– Transparent, comprehensive, and efficient peer review.

– Free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions. Because Open Theology is published in Open Access, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com) before submitting their manuscripts.


HOW TO SUBMIT – Submissions will be collected by March 31, 2022, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/
Choose as article type: Cultural Trauma and the Hebrew Bible
Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: 
https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.
Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Danilo Verde at danilo.verde@kuleuven.be. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com

Open Theology (Call for Papers) – After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology

(This announcement is a second call)

“Open Theology” (https://www.degruyter.com/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology”, edited by Martin Koci (University of Vienna).

DESCRIPTION

This topical issue aims to explore, interrogate and reflect on the ways in which contemporary continental philosophy, and phenomenology in particular, unfolds and advances the development of philosophical theology. What does it mean to practice theology after the philosophical return to religion? During the last few decades, the renewal of theology has been much discussed in light of philosophical lectures that have revisited fundamental Christian concepts. However, the debate seems to be stuck on rather formal questions about whether the theological turn happened or not, whether it has been a legitimate or illegitimate development, and whether theology and philosophy can benefit at all from reconsidering their disciplinary borders. Moreover, from the theological perspective, crucial issues continue to be unresolved: What should the proper propaedeutic framework for theological work be in a secular context? How to formulate theologically valid as well as contextually plausible truth-claims? What kind of grammar should be employed in theology to create not only rational but also credible discourse? The working hypothesis behind this thematic issue is that philosophical—in particular phenomenological—engagement with theological concepts transforms the fundamental theological practice, revisits its rigor, and provides the possibility of developing an intelligible grammar for articulating normative theological claims. 

     We invite scholars in theology and continental philosophy of religion to address the following questions: Is phenomenology a suitable ancilla theologiae to provide theologians with sufficient philosophical grammar? Is it possible to develop, after the demise of metaphysics, a phenomenological theology? How does theology look after Marion, Henry, Chrétien, Lacoste, Falque et al.? Does theology benefit from philosophical reconsiderations of fundamental Christian concepts such as Revelation, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, etc.? The nerve and, at the same time, novelty of raising the question about after the theological turn is a critical application of explicit theological perspectives to thus test both the potential of and limits to philosophical reconsiderations of the theological for formulating plausible as well as credible theology.

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because “Open Theology” is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com) before submitting their manuscripts. 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions will be collected until April 15, 2022, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/.

* Choose as article type: “After the Theological Turn”
* Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf
* All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Martin Koci at martin.koci@univie.ac.at. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com.

Winter Seminar on Progress in Theology. Jan 27-29, 2022 (Abraham Kuyper Center)

From the 27th till the 29th of January 2022 the Winter Seminar on Progress in Theology will take place. The program schedule is now online!

We are looking forward to a great discussion on the status of the discipline of theology. Among the speakers are Katherin Rogers, Kevin Schilbrack, Benedikt Göcke and Jennifer Frey. Join the seminar to discuss the theological epistemology, the influence of secularization on the discipline of theology, the intellectual tasks of theology, and many more interesting topics.

Description

Whereas many contemporary universities originated from theological programs, over the past centuries the status of theology as a proper academic discipline has become heavily contested. Among the many allegations levelled against theology is the idea that there is no progress in theology. The aim of this Winter Seminar is to investigate under which conditions, if any, theology can still function as an intellectually respectable player in the field of public academic studies. In particular, it zooms in on the notion of progress in theology. Is there any such progress? If not, is that a problem? If so, what shape does such progress take and are there ways in which theology might make more progress?

More information and registration

The seminar is organized by the Abraham Kuyper Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as a part of the research project on Epistemic Progress in the University.

The seminar takes place online and on location at the Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.

Online attendance is free. Click here to register through Eventbrite.

More information can be found on the website of the Abraham Kuyper Center.

“Death & Religion” CFP by Open Theology (second call)

 A call for papers has been issued by Open Theology for a topical issue on “Death and Religion”

This is a (second call). Submissions will be collected until April 30, 2022


    “Open Theology” (https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/OPTH/html) invites submissions for the topical issue “Death and Religion”, edited by Khyati Tripathi, Jennifer Moran Stritch and Peter G.A.Versteeg.

    Death and religion share an interdependent relation. Where death is an event or state that threatens to disintegrate worlds and meaning, religion can be seen as a practice that categorizes, consoles and makes sense of this kind of disintegration. According to Oxford dictionary, death is defined as “end of life”, but behind this simple definition, there is a web of complex ideas that could be understood from not just biological but also religious or cultural perspectives. Death has been conceptualized differently in different religious traditions as their texts and practices demonstrate. According to Lifton, religion is ‘life power’ and dominates death. Similarly, Davies put forth rituals as culture’s ‘words against death’.

     The relationship between death and religion should be seen as a broad scholarly query, which includes philosophical and theological questions, as well as more applied perspectives such as social work. Although death is a clinical process of organs that cease to function, dying and death are events that are surrounded by various sense-making practices, ranging from intricate traditional ceremonies as part of established religious repertoires, to more personal, individualized rituals. Social-cultural context, therefore, is of utmost importance to understand how we interact with dying persons and dead bodies, and why we do it in that particular way.

    In theology we see how faith traditions historically account for the reality of death, reflecting upon its existential meaning and thus trying to understand how to deal with the event of death. As such, a theology of death raises both practical (e.g. in spiritual care) and systematical (e.g. in ethics) questions regarding death and dying.

     In psychology death anxiety or fear of death invited a great deal of interest starting in the late 1950s with Fiefel’s work on death anxiety and religion. Different studies pointed at different relationships between death anxiety and religiousness; some studies found a positive relationship between the two while others found an inverse relationship.  Some research argued for a curvilinear relationship between death anxiety and religiousness, explaining that moderately religious participants have more death anxiety than those who are extremely religious or not religious at all. The relationship between religion and death anxiety has been an inconclusive one because of the multidimensional nature of both religion and death anxiety. There is, however, a lack of scholarship on death anxiety and religion in non-western cultures.

    In cultural anthropology, death studies have developed into a substantial research niche. There has been ample attention for practices pertaining to e.g. the process of dying, death as transition, as well as to the interaction with the dead body. Important here, too, is the global perspective on death, also in the sense of engaging with ontologies of life and death outside of the established scientific-medical spectrum.

    This special issue encourages scholars from different disciplines, not just restricted to the ones we mentioned, to contribute to this debate. Of special interest are situations in which religion becomes overbearing and a burden to carry forward in times of death, or if religious practices are obstructed, for example, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do these crisis situations affect the relationship between religion and death? This special issue aims at invoking curiosity, enquiry and interest in looking at the different facets of this topic.

     The special issue on ‘Death and Religion’ invites empirical (qualitative and quantitative), review/conceptual and analytical papers focusing on the different facets of this relationship from scholars in different disciplines such as: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Theology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Thanatology, Health Humanities, Social Care and Social Work. Among others, topics or areas of focus might include:

  • Death anxiety and religiosity in non-western cultures
  • The different perspectives to ‘Extrinsic Religiosity’
  • Is ‘Intrinsic Religiosity’ really the reliever of anxiety?
  • Psychological/sociological/psychosocial significance of death rituals
  • The changing nature of death rituals
  • Personal religious beliefs and ideas about death
  • Belief in afterlife and death anxiety
  • The changing relationship between death and religion due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The non-religious traditions and death
  • Autoethnographic accounts of performing/witnessing death rituals
  • Death as latent and religion as evident in Freudian texts
  • Religious Literacy and the end of life care
  • Extinction as ultimate death and other morbid anxieties of the Anthropocene

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and efficient peer review,

– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because “Open Theology” is published in Open Access, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com) before submitting their manuscripts.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions will be collected until April 30, 2022, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Choose as article type: “Death and Religion”

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

 Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Khyati Tripathi at khyatitripathi27@gmail.com. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com