Irish Theological Quarterly – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Karl Rahner on Childhood”

Author: Jessie Rogers  Date: 2021-03-09T06:36:16Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 111 – 126

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140021995908?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Breathing with Both Lungs: The Uncreated Grace of the Holy Trinity in the Works of Karl Rahner and St Gregory Palamas”

Author: Thomas Duncan  Date: 2021-02-26T08:42:02Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 127 – 146

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140021995905?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “‘The More we Wonder’: Union with God, Distance from God, and the Vexing Question of ‘Necessary Reasons’ in Aquinas’s Trinitarian Theology”

Author: Michael Joseph Higgins  Date: 2021-03-05T06:44:29Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 147 – 163

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140021995906?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Complicating the Reception of Lonergan on ‘Sacralization and Secularization’”

Author: Nicholas Olkovich  Date: 2021-02-22T09:19:15Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 164 – 183

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140021994211?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “On the Renewal of Seminary Formation to Meet Evangelization Needs in Africa: The Nigerian Experience”

Author: Gabriel T. Wankar  Date: 2021-03-05T06:45:49Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 184 – 201

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021140021995907?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Biblical Inspiration Revisited”

Author: Gerald O’Collins  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:47Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 202 – 209

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Burchard of Mount Sion, OP: Descriptio Terrae Sanctae”

Author: Thomas O’Loughlin  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:43Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 209 – 211

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122a?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: A Global Church History: The Great Tradition through Cultures, Continents and Centuries”

Author: Neil Xavier O’donoghue  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:44Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 212 – 213

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122b?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Churchwardens’ Accounts of the Parishes of St Bride, St Michael Le Pole and St Stephen, Dublin, 1663–1702”

Author: Patrick Comerford  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:45Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 213 – 215

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122c?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology”

Author: Jessie Rogers  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:45Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 215 – 217

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122d?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ”

Author: Declan O’Byrne  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:46Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 217 – 218

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122e?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Review: God, Creation, and Salvation: Studies in Reformed Theology”

Author: Nathan Porter  Date: 2021-04-15T06:52:46Z
Publication:  Vol:86   Numb. 2  Pages: 219 – 220

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00211400211002122f?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


Journal of Analytic Theology – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Crucified with Christ: The Ego and the Omega

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/380


Title:   “Apophatic Language, the Aesthetic, and the Sensus Divinitatis

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/376


Title:   “Salvific Luck in Islamic Theology”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/377


Title:   “Sider’s Puzzle and the Mormon Afterlife”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/378


Title:   ““I Am the Gracious Goddess”: Wiccan Analytic Theology”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/379


Title:   “A Unified Account of Glory Concepts: Glory, Glorious, Glorified, Glorying-in, and Derivative Concepts”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/277


Title:   “Causal Time Loops and the Immaculate Conception”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/288


Title:   “Christian Lay Theodicy and The Cancer Experience”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/260


Title:   “Living Within Our Limits: A Defense of the Fall”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/332


Title:   “On Theology and Objectivity: A Northern Point of View to Analytic Theology”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/275


Title:   “Qua Solution, 0-Qua Has Problems”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/336


Title:   “The Influence Aim Problem of Petitionary Prayer: A Cosmic Conflict Approach”

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/286


Title:   “Michael W. Austin. Humility and Human Flourishing: A Study in Analytic Moral Theology

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/367


Title:   “R. Keith Loftin and Joshua R. Farris, eds. Christian Physicalism? Philosophical Theological Criticisms

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/368


Title:   “Oliver D. Crisp. Analyzing Doctrine: Toward a Systematic Theology

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/369


Title:   “W. Matthews Grant. Free Will and God’s Universal Causality: The Dual Sources Account

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/370


Title:   “Kent Dunnington. Humility, Pride, and Christian Virtue Theory

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/371


Title:   “Mark Murphy. God’s Own Ethics: Norms of Divine Agency & the Argument from Evil

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/372


Title:   “Yoram Hazony and Dru Johnson, eds. The Question of God’s Perfection: Jewish and Christian Essays on the God of the Bible and Talmud

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/373


Title:   “Michael C. Rea. The Hiddenness of God

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/374


Title:   “William J. Abraham. Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume III: Systematic Theology

Author:  
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +0000
Link: https://journals.tdl.org/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/375


Theology Today (latest table of contents)

Title:   “Remembering Small, Beautiful Things”

Author: Gordon S. Mikoski  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:37Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 5 – 7

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984636?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Theological Reflection on Suffering: Overcoming Anxiety and Depression during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Author: Dalmacito A. Cordero  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:36Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 8 – 12

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00405736211004865?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “On the Legacy of the Land: Ideology Criticism of Walter Brueggemann and John Steinbeck”

Author: Katerina Koci  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:36Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 13 – 28

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620959249?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   ““Our Tongue-Cut God, Respond to Us”: Prayer of Righteous Anger and Communal Lament as Theology of the Oppressed”

Author: Wonchul Shin  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:36Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 29 – 42

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620968098?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Prophets and Sour Grapes: Wrestling with Theological Traditions in Homiletical Theology”

Author: Mason Lee  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:35Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 43 – 55

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00405736211004869?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Imagining Realities Human and Divine”

Author: Gordon S. Mikoski  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:38Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 56 – 59

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984865?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Prayer: A Guide for the Perplexed by Ashley Cocksworth”

Author: L. Roger Owens  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:38Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 60 – 61

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984630?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Hearing Paul’s Voice: Insights for Teaching and Preaching by M. Eugene Boring”

Author: O. Wesley Allen  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:37Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 61 – 63

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984630a?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection by Tim Hartman”

Author: Blair D. Bertrand  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:37Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 63 – 64

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984630b?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez”

Author: Nancy J. Duff  Date: 2021-04-08T10:34:38Z
 Vol:78   Numb. 1  Pages: 64 – 66

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0040573620984630c?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Biblical Theology Bulletin

Title:   “Presenting the Issue: Social Identity in Biblical Interpretation”

Author: David M. Bossman  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:27Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 66 – 67

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997105?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Four Women in Samuel Confront Power, Part 2: Views from the Targum, the Rabbis, and the Church Fathers”

Author: David J. Zucker  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:27Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 68 – 77

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997106?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   ““Hic Sunt Dracones”: Mapping the Rebellious Social Dynamics of Bel and the Snake from the Daniel and Joseph Competitive Court-tales”

Author: Christopher A. Porter  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:27Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 78 – 87

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997107?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Hit or Myth? Methodological Considerations in Comparing Dionysos with the Johannine Jesus”

Author: Fergus J. King  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:28Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 88 – 100

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997108?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Paul’s Explanation of Christ-Movement Identity in 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1: A Social Identity Approach”

Author: Philip F. Esler  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:29Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 101 – 118

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997109?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


Title:   “Book Reviews”

Author: Heather A. McKay  Date: 2021-04-07T06:45:29Z
Publication:  Vol:51   Numb. 2  Pages: 119 – 128

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146107921997110?ai=2b4&mi=ehikzz&af=R


The Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology project announces new funding opportunities.

Interactions between Christian thinkers and continental philosophy often have a critical focus, whether on the intellectual debt continental philosophers owe to the Christian tradition, or on the ways secular philosophers critique classical theological accounts of ultimate reality. The newly-funded Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology project at the University of St Andrews focuses on the joint potential of theology and continental philosophy for discovery and growth, using the intellectual resources continental philosophy makes available to open new horizons in philosophical theology.

Widening Horizons is offering twelve grants for research projects that advance this constructive aim. Applications may be for

  • small projects of up to £60,000 (including c. £8,000 fixed costs); or
  • large projects of up to £160,000 (including c. £23,000 fixed costs).

Projects should start between 1st October 2021 and 1st March 2022, and end between 30th September 2023 and 28th February 2024. Most activities may be concentrated within a shorter period if desired.

The call for proposals for these projects is now open until 31 May 2021 (17:00 BST). Application details and further information can be found at: https://philosophical-theology.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/.

Details about the wider multi-year project can be found here.

The Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference

The Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference will take place by Zoom Conference on Tuesday 1stand Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

The conference is organised by the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology.

The subject is the Doctrine of the Church and the speakers are: Professor Gerald Bray; Dr Andrew Clarke; Professor Oliver Crisp; Professor David Fergusson Professor Tom Greggs; Professor Tony Lane; Professor Tom Noble; and Professor Stephen Williams.

The Cost of the Conference is £25.

The conference is intended for academics, postgraduate students, ministers and others with a serious interest in academic theology. 

To book a place at the conference, email:  director@rcrt.scot Those who book will receive a full programme and information about how to pay.

The Asbury Journal – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Book Reviews and Books Received”

Author:  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:50:13 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/9

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/9


Title:   “From the Archives: The Poetry of Sterling M. Means- The Pentecostal Publishing Company Collection”

Author:  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:50:05 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/8

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/8


Title:   “The Seven Churches of United Methodism, Revisited”

Author: John Lomperis  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:57 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/7

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/7


Title:   “Women Church Planters in the Early Work of The Church of God in Christ: The Case of the Singing Twins, Reatha and Leatha Morris”

Author: Robert A. Danielson  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:50 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/6

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/6


Title:   “A Comparative Analysis of the Major Religions in Japan and Korea During the Colonial Period”

Author: Greg S. Whyte  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:43 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/5

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/5


Title:   “Trump Was Trumped Long Ago: or, the Legacy of Leadership in the Book of Ecclesiastes”

Author: W. Creighton Marlowe  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:35 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/4

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/4


Title:   “In/Voluntary Surrogacy in Genesis”

Author: David J. Zucker  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:27 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/3

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/3


Title:   “From the Editor”

Author: Robert Danielson  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:20 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/2

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/2


Title:   “Journal in Entirety”

Author:  Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:49:13 PDT
Vol & Number vol76/iss1/1

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol76/iss1/1


Title:   “Book Reviews”

Author:  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:59 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/9

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/9


Title:   “The Soteriological Orientation of John Wesley's Ministry to the Poor”

Author: Kenneth J. Collins  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:52 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/8

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/8


Title:   “Theological Education After Communism: The Mixed Blessing of Western Assistance”

Author: Mark Elliott  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:44 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/7

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/7


Title:   “On the Legality and Morality of Physician-Assisted Suicide”

Author: David J. Baggett  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:36 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/6

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/6


Title:   “The Sabbath-Rest of The Maker of All”

Author: Stanley L. ]aki  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:29 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/5

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/5


Title:   “Christianity and Secularism”

Author: Wolfhart Pannenberg  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:20 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/4

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/4


Title:   “The Emergence of Creatures and Their Succession in A Developing Universe”

Author: Wolfhart Pannenberg  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:13 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/3

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/3


Title:   “Theology of Creation and Natural Science”

Author: Wolfhart Pannenberg  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:23:05 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/2

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/2


Title:   “Journal in Entirety”

Author:  Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:22:57 PST
Vol & Number vol50/iss1/1

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol50/iss1/1


Title:   “Books Received”

Author:  Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:45:52 PST
Vol & Number vol75/iss2/11

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol75/iss2/11


Title:   “Book Reviews”

Author:  Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:45:45 PST
Vol & Number vol75/iss2/10

Link: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol75/iss2/10


Analyzing Theology Series – Call for Monograph Proposals in Analytic & Systematic Theology.

Analyzing Theology is a series of short (i.e., sub 70,000 word) entry level monographs in Christian theology being published with Wipf and Stock. The series showcases work in analytic and systematic theology from world-leading scholars. Monographs in the series are aimed at: (i) introducing cutting-edge analytic and systematic theology, (ii) providing a platform for original contributions in analytic and systematic theology, and, (iii) connecting questions of theoretical significance to theology with the practices of actual theological communities.

There are forthcoming volumes in the series by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Eleonore Stump and Joshua Cockayne.

The series is being edited by Joshua Cockayne and Jonathan Rutledge. If you are interested in submitting a proposal contact Joshua Cockayne (jlc22@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Jonathan Rutldege (jr229@st-andrews.ac.uk).

(Cover image credit Berk Ozdemir – Pexels)

Open Theology – Call for Papers: “Death and Religion.”

The theological journal, Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue – “Death and Religion”. (https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/OPTH/html)

Edited by: Khyati Tripathi, (UPES, India), Jennifer Moran Stritch (Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland) and Peter G.A.Versteeg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Flyer: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_CFP%20Death%20and%20Religion.pdf

    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 from September 1 to October 31, 2021, 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

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpenTheology

Call for Papers: The Spirit, the Kingdom & Ecumenism – Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Church.

The theological thought of Wolfhart Pannenberg has generated significant conversations, since  the publication of Revelation as History in 1961. Since his passing in 2014, dozens (269) of doctoral dissertations written in English have engaged his corpus, launching a new generation of  scholars who have been impacted by his life and work. 

In an effort to gather scholars interested in the legacy of this seminal thinker, the Pannenberg Symposium will host a conference on March 25 & 26, 2022, in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago, Institute for Pastoral Studies and the Hank  Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. 


Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Systematic Theology, Vol. 3 in English, this conference will address the following theme: 

The Spirit, The Kingdom, and Ecumenism—Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Church. 

Thus, we would like to extend a Call for Papers engaging Pannenberg’s thought particularly as developed in Vol. 3 of his Systematic Theology. Potential topics include: 

  • Pneumatology: Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
  • Ecclesiology: Nature and Purpose of the Church, doctrine of election
  • Eschatology: The coming kingdom of God and its establishment in history
  • Sacramental Theology: Ecumenical scope, presence of the Spirit in the Eucharist, ministry/ordination
  • Ecumenism in his doctrine of the Church and his work with the World Council of Churches
  • The Church and Society
  • Pannenberg’s political theology and engagement with liberation theology
  • Natural law
  • Theodicy and the coming of Justice

We are especially interested in engaging scholars from a diversity of denominational, cultural, and theological perspectives  to create a critical and constructive conversation about the significance of Pannenberg’s theology for contemporary thought.  Proposals from a wide range of theological approaches are encouraged. 

To respond to the call for papers, please send a proposal of no more than 500 words to pannenbergsymposium@gmail.com.  Proposals will be evaluated on the contribution they could make to the symposium theme, the clarity of the proposed research  plan, and their significance for the study of Pannenberg’s theology. Proposals should be submitted by July 1, 2021 and will be  subject to a blind review process. Doctoral students and junior scholars are encouraged to submit a proposal. A limited number or registration scholarships are available for those in need. 

The organizers for the conference also have two hopes for future efforts growing out of this conference. First, they will be  seeking publication for a selection of the best papers coming out of the conference as part of an edited volume. Second, our  hope is that the conversation generated by the attendees may give rise to further meetings of the Pannenberg symposium on  a regular basis. Scholars who are interested in such an ongoing project are also encouraged to notify the organizers of their  interest in this broader effort.

TheoLogica Call for Papers: Analytic Science-Engaged Theology

Guest editors: Joanna Leidenhag and Benedikt Göcke

Analytic theology and Science-Engaged Theology are two of the most exciting  movements within theology in recent years. Both are interdisciplinary endeavours  that seek to use the tools and insights from others sub-disciplines (areas of analytic  philosophy and the natural sciences, respectively) in the service of theology. Analytic  theology and science-engaged theology both maintain the primacy and integrity of  the theological task, whilst simultaneously inviting other disciplines to enrich theological reflection, criticism, and declaration. 

What these recent trends show is that theologians no longer need to (if they  ever did) fear forms of rationalism or empiricism that, in previous generations, have  been used to exclude theological discourse from the public square or academic  University. It is clearly the case that theologians have long appealed to reason and  experience as sources for theological reflection and correction. But in analytic theology  and science-engaged theology, we can see that theologians can also use (as well as  critique) the highly constrained, specialised, and systematised forms of reasoning and  evidencing that is found in analytic philosophy and the natural sciences. Analytic  theology and science-engaged theology are in this sense complementary movements  that signal that theology has now reached a kind of quiet confidence that does not  need to fight, flee or submit to other forms of inquiry. 

Whilst analytic theology and science-engaged theology have developed  separately, they substantially overlap on the question of how theology can best engage  other disciplines. Thus, there is scope for a further alliance of these movements in the  form of analytic science-engaged theology. Such an analytic science-engaged theology  would use the tools of both analytic philosophy and some specific area of the natural  sciences within their theology. We are inviting papers that exemplify this kind of fine grained, interdisciplinary, constructive theological work. We are not primarily  looking for papers that discuss the possibility or nature of analytic science-engaged theology, but for papers that exemplify this sub-field by exploring a theological  question using both scientific and analytic resources.  \

We welcome all forms of analytic science-engaged theology; in particular, we  are very interested in papers that engage a theological tradition outside of mainstream  Christianity, or which prioritize the voices of marginalized groups.” 

Deadline for submissions: October 1st, 2021 

Full papers should be submitted via our website:  https://ojs.uclouvain.be/index.php/theologica/index. In order to contribute equally to  scientific international discussions held in several languages, articles written in  English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are accepted. Visit the TheoLogica  homepage for a description of the journal and instructions to authors. 

PDF version of this CFP can be found here.

Yours sincerely, 

Joanna Leidenhag and Benedikt Göcke

 

 

ETS/EPS Southwest Regional Meeting – The Problem of Evil (April 23-24, 2021)

The 2021 ETS/EPS Southwest Conference will be virtually hosted by University of the Southwest and will feature live webinars and virtual paper presentations.

Plenary Speaker: Eleonore Stump (SLU)

ETS and EPS members of any rank (including graduate students) from any region may submit a proposal to present a paper virtually at this teleconference. Plenary and individual presentations will be held through virtual meetings. Accepted presenters must provide their own meeting weblinks. The proposal may be related to topics in the fields of Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Philosophy, Ethics, or Ministry though preference will be given to papers related to the problem of evil.

To register for the conference, please go to:

https://ti.to/sw-region-of-ets/sw-regional- conference-ets-eps-2021

Development of Doctrine – Conference & Call for Papers: June 10-12, 2021.

The Sacra Doctrina Project and St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry are co-sponsoring a conference and call for papers on the topic of….

Title: Development of Doctrine: Revelation, Magisterium, and Human Reason.

Date & Location: June 10-12, 2021| Rochester, NY

Speakers: Matthew Levering (keynote) Stephen Loughlin (plenary) & Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. (plenary)

VISIT: https://www.sacradoctrinaproject.org/conference

Vatican I declares that “right reasoning . . .  illumined by [the light of faith], perfects the knowledge of divine things,” but also that, “the doctrine of faith . . . has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected, but has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted.” (Dei Filius, 4)


How does reason perfect faith? How does the theologian perfect knowledge of divine things while faithfully guarding the revelation entrusted to the Church? If, as St. John Henry Newman says, “here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often,” how does our faith stay alive while remaining the same? How do we distinguish between organic and inorganic development of doctrine?

These questions cut to the heart of philosophy and theology as disciplines in service to the Church. Differing answers to these questions are the source of the contemporary crisis in Catholic thought.


Call for Papers:

Please submit a ~300 word abstract by May 12021 to sacradoctrinaproject@gmail.com.

Priority consideration will be given for proposals received by April 1, 2021.

*Proposals already accepted in the 2020 call for papers do not need to resubmit.*

Scottish Journal of Theology

Latest Table of Contents.

Title:   “Bats, viruses, and human beings: a chiropteraphilic theodicy”

Author: Copeland, Rebecca L.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 11

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000016


Title:   “T. F. Torrance on theosis and universal salvation”

Author: Crisp, Oliver D.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 12 – 25

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000028


Title:   “Karl Barth’s ontology of holy scripture revisited”

Author: Xu, Ximian  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 26 – 40

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062100003X


Title:   “Rational and natural theology in Anne Conway’s Principia”

Author: Head, Jonathan  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 41 – 51

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000041


Title:   “Lost in translation: rethinking words about women in 1–2 Timothy”

Author: King, Fergus J.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 52 – 66

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000053


Title:   “Between God and the world: a critical appraisal of the sophiology of Sergius Bulgakov”

Author: May, Richard  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 67 – 84

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000065


Title:   “Ellen F. Davis, Opening Israel’s Scriptures (New York: OUP, 2019), pp. ix + 451. $99.00.”

Author: Cornell, Collin  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 85 – 86

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000496


Title:   “Denys Turner, God, Mystery, and Mystification (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2019), pp. xviii + 185. $50.00.”

Author: Dunch, Matthew  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 87 – 88

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000472


Title:   “Daniela C. Augustine, The Spirit and the Common Good: Shared Flourishing in the Image of God (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2019), pp. xii + 257. $49.99.”

Author: Peppiatt, Lucy  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 88 – 89

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000502


Title:   “Wolf Krötke, Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Theologians for A Post-Christian World (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019), pp. xiv + 258. $48.00.”

Author: Wadholm, Rick  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 90 – 91

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000514


Title:   “Francis J. Beckwith, Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. 2019), pp. xiii + 199. $29.95.”

Author: Davison, Andrew  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 91 – 93

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000526


Title:   “Brant Pitre, Michael P. Barber and John A. Kincaid, Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans 2019), pp. xvii + 310. $35.00.”

Author: Novenson, Matthew V.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 93 – 94

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000538


Title:   “Paul Cefalu, The Johannine Renaissance in Early Modern English Literature and Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. xiii + 352. £60.00.”

Author: Cunha, Emma Salgard  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 94 – 96

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062000054X


Title:   “Bruce D. Chilton, Resurrection Logic: How Jesus’ First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2019), pp. xiii + 305. $39.95.”

Author: Hayter, Daniel W.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 96 – 97

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000447


Title:   “John R. Levison, The Holy Spirit Before Christianity (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2019), pp. xiii + 258. $39.95.”

Author: Abernethy, Andrew T.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 98 – 99

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000460


Title:   “Daniel P. Horan, All God’s Creatures: A Theology of Creation (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2018), pp. xiv + 251. $110.”

Author: Astley, Jeff  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 99 – 101

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000551


Title:   “Oliver D. Crisp, Approaching the Atonement: The Reconciling Work of Christ (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2020), pp. ix + 195. $22.00.”

Author: Hart, Matthew J.  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 101 – 102

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930620000411


Title:   “SJT volume 74 issue 1 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 4

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000077


Title:   “SJT volume 74 issue 1 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2021-03-15
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 2

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930621000089


Currents in Theology and Mission

Title:   “In the Time of Trials”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/308


Title:   “A Teacher's Life Lives On”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/298


Title:   “Book Reviews – April 2021”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/299


Title:   “There are Other Worlds than These”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/305


Title:   “Rationale for a Social Statement on Child Abuse and Child Protection”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/306


Title:   “Hope in the Key of Chōra”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/300


Title:   “On Having a Voice”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/301


Title:   “Westhelle's Vision of Hybridity and the Cultural Hybrid Practice of the Batak Church (HKBP)”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/302


Title:   “"Image of God"—A Resident Ailen”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/307


Title:   “Westhelle and Vocation”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/303


Title:   “Gift and Death”

Author:  Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0500

Link: http://currentsjournal.org/index.php/currents/article/view/304


University of York Launches a New MA in Analytic Theology

University of York Department of Philosophy has launched a new MA in Analytic Theology: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/courses/ma-analytic-theology/

Apply the study of philosophy to theology and engage with some of the most complex and historically significant questions that have shaped Western and Middle Eastern civilisation.

Move from studying philosophical and theological problems to investigating them as a researcher in your own right. Focus on Philosophy and the study of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic analytic theology in conversation with each other, informed by analysis of the spiritual practices that these faiths incorporate.

Our department has a strong research profile in analytic theology and we’ll provide support for you to pursue your own research project. 

The department is offering one David Efird Masters Scholarship to the sum of £5,000 (https://www.york.ac.uk/philosophy/postgraduates/funding/#:~:text=For%20September%202021%20entry%2C%20the%20Department%20of%20Philosophy%20is%20offering%20the%20David%20Efird%20Masters%20Scholarship  ). 
Anyone holding an offer for this MA in Analytic Theology by April 30th will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

The department is also also offering funding for MA students to attend Philosophy of Religion / Analytic Theology conferences (once conferences begin to be held in person).

CFP: AAR Annual Meeting 2021

Submit Your Proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX
Deadline: March 1 at 5 p.m. EST
For scholars of religion, our Annual Meeting represents the networking event of the year, offering unparalleled opportunities to connect with colleagues, engage leaders in the field, and learn about the latest scholarship through paper presentations and panel discussions.

The chance to deliver your own paper starts with submitting a proposal to our Call for Proposals. We have over 160 Program Units with individual calls for you to choose from. Not sure what makes a great proposal? Check out this guide to writing a successful proposal by Kecia Ali.

Questions? Email support@aarweb.org.
Submit or Learn More

Harvard Theological Review – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “The Jewish–Christian Dialogue Jason and Papiscus in Light of the Sinaiticus Fragment”

Author: Tolley, Harry  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 1 – 26

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000031?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   ““Do Not Believe Every Spirit”: Discerning the Ethics of Prophetic Agency in Early Christian Culture”

Author: Tibbs, Eugene C.  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 27 – 50

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000043?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Identity, Death, and Ascension in the First Apocalypse of James and the Gospel of John”

Author: Parkhouse, Sarah  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 51 – 71

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000055?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Usury and Poverty: A Case Study of the Post-Rabbinic Moment in Midrash and Piyyut”

Author: Gvaryahu, Amit  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 72 – 95

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000067?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “Three Ways to Imitate Paul in Late Antiquity: Ekstasis, Ekphrasis, Epektasis”

Author: Motia, Michael  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 96 – 117

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000079?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “A Coptic Magical Text for Virginity in Marriage: A Witness to “Celibate Marriage” from Christian Egypt”

Author: Blumell, Lincoln H.  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 118 – 142

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000080?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “How Theological Exegesis Disrupts Theological Tradition”

Author: Hinlicky, Paul R.  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 143 – 157

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000092?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “HTR volume 114 issue 1 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 1 – 3

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0017816021000018?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Title:   “HTR volume 114 issue 1 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2021-02-17
 Pages: 1 – 2

Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S001781602100002X?rft_dat=source%3Ddrss


Call For Papers: Scripture & Theology Panel of the 2021 European Academy of Religion Conference.

(This post was taken entirely from the S&T website here.)

Christianity relates to the Bible. Yet here the questions begin: How have the Christian Scriptures been received theologically throughout the Christian tradition? How can biblical studies and systematic theology fruitfully interact and produce tenable arguments for the Christian faith in the context of the 21st century? What is the theological status of the Bible? How does the Bible function as a norm for theological reflection and within theological construction?

The 2021 panel of the study group, “Scripture & Theology,” aims to address questions like these with a particular focus on the relevance of science (or: the sciences). While there is a long-standing tradition of exploring the relationship between theology and science, there has been a lack of attention to the role of science in the triad of scripture, theology and science in general. In the 2021 panel, the Scripture and Theology study group will bring together scholars from a wide range of countries to focus on questions pertaining to the unique relationship of theology and science.

We invite contributions to two tracks:

#1: The general track is for contributions reflecting the relation between scripture and theology in general.

#2: The focus track for contributions reflecting on the role of science(s). Contributions to this track could, for example, address any of the following questions:

  • Can theology live up to the demands which science imposes on theology?
  • How can theology incorporate current research in the fields of evolutionary biology or the neurosciences?
  • How are scripture and theology informed by the sciences? How can the philosophy of science help to understand this process?
  • Can scripture or theology provide a grammar or paradigm for science?
  • In what way does theology presuppose and underlie current scientific endeavours?
  • What does scripture/theology say about the origin and perception of knowledge?
  • How does one’s methodology influence the conclusions drawn from a biblical or theological perspective?
  • From a historical perspective, how have biblical scholars and theologians interacted with science?
  • What are challenges and/or critiques from various scientific fields to scriptural interpretation, theology, and hermeneutics?
  • How does the scientific field understand the role and contribution of Biblical Studies and Theology?

Interdisciplinary research is encouraged as well as contributions from particular disciplines, given the connection to the general issues (track 1) or the relationship between science and religion (track 2) is evident. Contributions from the theological disciplines, such as biblical studies, historical theology, or systematic theology are welcome, as are contributions from the philosophy of science, neurosciences, biology, chemistry, physics and other fields of study. Transdisciplinary contributions are possible as well. In any given case, we ask that potential presenters (a) present original research in the context of the given state of the art(s) and sciences; and (b) prepare papers that make their content accessible to an audience consisting not only of experts in the given field(s).

History of S&T

The first meeting of the study group “Scripture & Theology” was part of the second Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, EuARe 2019. The second meeting took place in 2020. Currently we are preparing a first publication, based on the papers presented in the last two years.

In 2021, the study group again convenes scholars from various countries, denominations and fields for research at EuARe 2021. We continue to aim at a critical-constructive dialogue regarding how to be responsible practitioners of theology in dialogue with the entire scientific field.

S&T Steering Committee

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

S&T Programme 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)
  • Georg Fischer (Universtiy of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Arnold Huijgen (Researchgroup BEST, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
  • John Milbank (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Söding (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Organizational Team of S&T 2021

  • Michael Borowski (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Brandon Watson (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Submissions                                                         

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

If you wish to present a paper at the workshop, please submit a PDF file with an abstract of 500 to 1000 words, plus a short summary of up to 150 words, plus references via Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=st2021) before March 21. We will notify authors of the acceptance of their paper before April 21.

Abstracts of accepted contributions will be made available to participants to be pre-read before the panel, in order to allow better preparation and feedback for the presentations.

We intend to publish a selection of the papers together with other contributions in a collected volume edited by the study group.

Please direct all questions regarding the workshop to Michael.Borowski@gmx.de.

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 https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/euare2021.

Updates on the panel are posted on https://scriptureandtheology.home.blog/

Formal Requirements

  • Abstracts for review: PDF file with 500 to 1000 words, plus a short summary of up to 150 words, plus references
  • After acceptance, abstracts may be revised and extended.
  • 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).

Important Dates 

March 21: Deadline for submissions of abstracts

April 21: Acceptance notification

June 6: Deadline for submitting revised (and possibly extended) abstracts

Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2021: EuARe 2021 (in Münster or – if necessary – online)

Dec 31, 2021: Submission of camera-ready version for collected volume