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Biblical Theology Bulletin

Title:   “Presenting the Issue: Do You See What I See?”

Author: Ryan Patrick McLaughlin  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:27Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 66 – 67


Title:   ““I am a Lonely Bird:” Psalm 102 and the Psychology of Loneliness”

Author: Samuel Hildebrandt  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:26Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 68 – 76


Title:   “And Hope Does Not Disappoint Us: Pauline Hope and the Lamb’s War”

Author: Jennifer Buck  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:26Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 77 – 83


Title:   “Rudolf Otto and the Fearful Numinous: Jacob and Moses Wrestle with the Dangerous Divine; An Investigation of Genesis 32:22-33 and Exodus 4:24-26”

Author: Rachel Nabulsi  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:27Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 84 – 95


Title:   “‘I am black and beautiful’: Body-talk toward redefining the identity of black girls using Contextual Bible studies on Song of Songs 1.5–17”

Author: Mark Aidoo  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:25Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 96 – 109


Title:   “Prohibited Mixtures: Mixed Plowing and Sowing”

Author: Nicholas J. Campbell  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:23Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 110 – 121


Title:   “The Little Known Language of Biblical Colors: The Example of melas in the Septuagint and the New Testament”

Author: Anna Rambiert-Kwasniewska  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:23Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 122 – 134


Title:   “Book Reviews”

Author: Ernest van Eck  Date: 2023-05-30T10:17:22Z
Publication:  Vol:53   Numb. 2  Pages: 135 – 136


Title:   “Expression of Concern: Book Review: Romans, by Frank Thielman, Panayotis Coutsoumpos”

Author:  Date: 2022-05-09T04:37:42Z
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Title:   “Book Reviews”

Author: David J. Zucker  Date: 2021-10-25T10:31:28Z
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Title:   “Re-Picturing the Reception of the Spirit with Ritual Experience: The Role of Baptism in 1 Corinthians 12:13”

Author: Kai Hsuan Chang  Date: 2021-10-25T10:31:27Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel, by David A. Fiensy”

Author: Zeba Crook  Date: 2021-08-09T10:12:00Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Conscious Contact with God: The Psalms for Addiction and Recovery, by Kenneth W. Schmidt”

Author: John W. Daniels  Date: 2021-08-09T10:12:00Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Revelation 1–3 in Christian Arabic Commentary: John’s First Vision and the Letters to the Seven Churches, by Stephen J. Davis, T. C. Schmidt, and Shawqi Talia”

Author: Carolyn Osiek  Date: 2021-08-08T11:16:32Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Paul and the Power of Grace, by John M. G. Barclay”

Author: Alexander E. Stewart  Date: 2021-08-08T11:16:24Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts nor Forgeries, by Éric Rebillard”

Author: Carolyn Osiek  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:27Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Clothing and Nudity in the Hebrew Bible, by Christoph Berner, Manuel Schäfer, Martin Schott, Sarah Schultz, & Martina Weingärtner”

Author: Antonios Finitsis  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:26Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Unto Us A Child is Born: Isaiah, Advent, and Our Jewish Neighbors, by Tyler D. Mayfield”

Author: David J. Zucker  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:26Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Prophetic Literature, by Carolyn J. Sharp”

Author: David J. Zucker  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:26Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The First Christian Slave: Onesimus in Context, by Mary Ann Beavis”

Author: Eric C. Stewart  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:25Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Reconstructing the Historical Background of Paul’s Rhetoric in the Letter to the Colossians, by Adam Copenhaver”

Author: Philip J. Lowe  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:24Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Ancient Mediterranean Social World: A Sourcebook, by Zeba A. Crook”

Author: K. C. Hanson  Date: 2021-07-05T06:19:20Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Romans, by Frank Thielman”

Author: Panayotis Coutsoumpos  Date: 2021-06-25T05:09:00Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Bible and Bedlam: Madness, Saneism, and New Testament Interpretation, by Louise J. Lawrence”

Author: Scott S. Elliott  Date: 2021-06-25T05:09:00Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies, by Judith M. Lieu and Martinus C. de Boer”

Author: Olegs Andrejevs  Date: 2021-06-25T05:08:59Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Colossians: An Introduction and Study Guide: Authorship, Rhetoric, and Code, by Janice Capel Anderson”

Author: David L. Barr  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:34Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Roman Army and the New Testament, by Christopher B. Zeichmann”

Author: Michael Kochenash  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:34Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Price of Partnership in the Letter of Paul to the Philippians: “Make My Joy Complete”, by Mark A. Jennings”

Author: Scott S. Elliott  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:34Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Royal Messianism and the Jerusalem Priesthood in the Gospel of Mark, by Bernardo Cho”

Author: Melanie A. Howard  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:33Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Joshua, by Lissa M. Wray Beal”

Author: Helen Paynter  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:33Z
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Title:   “Book Review: Matthew’s Theology of Fulfillment, Its Universality and Its Ethnicity: God’s New Israel as the Pioneer of God’s New Humanity, by Herman C. Waetjen”

Author: Robert K. MacEwen  Date: 2021-06-24T11:52:33Z
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Title:   “Book Review: The Role of Emotion in 1 Peter, by Katherine M. Hockey”

Author: Igor Lorencin  Date: 2021-06-24T10:49:57Z
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages:


CFP – The Last of Us: Violence, Ethics, Redemption? (Lexington Books, Theology, Religion, & Pop Culture series)

Dr. Peter Admirand, Dublin City University, is editing a book within the Lexington Books/Fortress Academic Press series (Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture). The book is titled: The Last of Us: Violence, Ethics, Redemption? More details available here. The book examines ethical and theological themes in The Last of Us television show and video games.

Proposals are due 26 June 2023 and can be sent to

General info on the series can be found here. : Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture. Information about the editor can be found here: Dr Peter Admirand, Dublin City University

The Last of Us, The Last of Us: Left Behind (DLC) and The Last of Us Part II video games embody sustained critical and commercial success, and are some of the most important genre-defining video games of the last decade. The new HBO Series has followed this trend with some 8.2 million viewers of Season One’s finale. The Last of Us universe is steeped in rich, complex narrative; thick, round characters; gorgeous and layered imagery; and gameplay that invites nuanced and creative, sometimes deeply harrowing and questionable, moral complicity. Tied in with the present HBO Series and the next planned video game installment (not to mention online multiplayer modes, the comic tie-in, American Dreams, and the two books on The Art of the Last of Us), an edited collection on The Last of Us universe begs for astute theological, philosophical, literary, and ethical analysis.

Drawing upon The Last of Us universe, possible topics and chapters could include:

  • The limits of forgiveness (and revenge)
  • The fine line between murder and self-defence
  • The portrayal (or absence) of God and religion
  • Survival v. living v. living morally
  • The (im)possibility of non-violence or pacifism
  • Victim/perpetrator ambiguity
  • Parenting amidst distress and through impending and real loss (death of Sarah)
  • Joel and Ellie’s growing adopted father/daughter relationship
  • Comparisons with other dystopian texts/films
  • The portrayal of non-human animals (giraffe scene)
  • Examination of moral catharsis and/or ultimate evil
  • Human Nature, Evil, and Theodicy
  • Choosing personal happiness at the cost of the greater good
  • Gender and body shaming (particularly as related to The Last of Us Part II)
  • Treatment of LGBQI themes and characters
  • Violent Video Games and Complicity (especially regarding narrative choices in The Last of Us Part II—playing as Abbie after the murder of Joel, for example, or playing as a vengeance-filled Ellie)
  • On false and real hope amid dystopia
  • Corporate America, despotic governments, and Clickers—and other evils
  • The Ethics of Love and relationships despite Runners and Stalkers
  • Role of brothers (Joel and Tommy) – or family and friendship in general during great travail
  • Predicted character arcs for (the hoped-for/expected) The Last of Us 3
  • Examination of background imagery/architecture as moral and symbolic codes
  • Role of class, race, ethnicity, and other identity markers

Contributors will submit abstracts with CVs no later than 26 June 2023 to First drafts will be due by 26 September 2023 (Outbreak Day). Final manuscript will be delivered to publisher by 15 December 2023.

CPF – Journal of Religions (Special Issue): “Theological Metaphysics and Scriptural Interpretation”

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Journal of Religions is pleased to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue entitled “Theological Metaphysics and Scriptural Interpretation”. This edition seeks to facilitate an integration of two constructive theological domains: (i) the function of metaphysics vis à vis the doctrine of God and (ii) the theological interpretation of Scripture.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024

This Special Issue aims to engage in the methodology of Scriptural interpretation with respect to the underlying metaphysical substructure of that work. The question Jonathan Rowlands has addressed to those engaged in the study of the historical Jesus—namely to examine the underlying metaphysical assumptions of their work—is a question that ought also to be posed to systematic theologians in their interpretation of Scripture. In this, we welcome submissions that enquire into how the work of the theological interpretation of Scripture is affected if approached from, for the sake of argument, the basis of God as pure actuality as opposed to God’s absolute pronobeity (or vice versa). For example: how does the way in which the being of God is held in connection to the history of God’s act affect the way in which the interpreter of Scripture engages with the narrative of Scripture? Or, if God is God for us without remainder, then how does Scripture function in relation to the interpreter?

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The relationship between metaphysics and the doctrine of God.
  • The intersection of the doctrine of God and Scriptural interpretation.
  • The role of metaphysical presuppositions in Scriptural interpretation.
  • Constructive proposals for theological interpretation of Scripture from a range of perspectives regarding the relationship between metaphysics and the doctrine of God.
  • Constructive proposals concerning the relationship between metaphysics and historiography (with particular attention to historiographical questions concerning Jesus of Nazareth).

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Alex Irving
Dr. Chris Tilling
Dr. Jonny Rowlands
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alex Irving E-Mail Website
Guest Editor

St Mellitus College, East Midlands, Leicester LE1 5PZ, UK
Interests: historical theology (4th century trinitarian theology; 20th century theology); doctrine of god; christology

Dr. Chris Tilling E-Mail Website
Guest Editor

St Mellitus College, East Midlands, Leicester LE1 5PZ, UK
Interests: christology; the trinity; the apostle paul and his theology; historical-critical exegesis; theology of scripture

Dr. Jonny Rowlands E-Mail Website
Guest Editor

St Mellitus College, East Midlands, Leicester LE1 5PZ, UK
Interests: theological hermeneutics; historical Jesus research; the doctrine of scripture; the book of Hebrews

Louisville Institute – Doctoral Fellowships Opportunity

(All content below is copy-pasted from the Louisville Institute site – click here. )

The Doctoral Fellowship program invites current Ph.D./Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. Fellows receive US $3,000 each year for two years, and join with a peer cohort of other fellows for three formational gatherings each year as part of the Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative (VTE).


Application due date: March 1, 2024 (11:59 p.m. EDT)

Doctoral Fellowship amount: US $3,000 each year for 2 years

Fellowship timeframe: Fall 2024 — Spring 2026

Awards announced: May 15, 2024

Vocation of the Theological Educator Gatherings: October 2024; February, May & October 2025; and February & May 2026

What are Doctoral Fellowships?

The Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship program invites current Ph.D. and Th.D. students in their first or second year of doctoral study to consider theological education as a vocation. Applicants are typically scholars studying Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions, and religion and social issues. As part of the Louisville Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative (VTE), Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellows participate in intentional, focused, professional formation as they explore a calling to be a theological educator.

The Louisville Institute understands theological education broadly, encompassing the academic study and teaching of religion and its practices, as well as formation for ministry, leadership, social justice and public service, nonprofit and other agency work, etc. Preference for fellowships is given to doctoral students who demonstrate an interest in theological education as a vocation, who express an understanding of the current challenges and opportunities of theological education, and who articulate connections between their doctoral work and these trends and dynamics.

As Doctoral Fellows, students receive a US$3,000 grant each year for two years, and join with a peer cohort of other fellows for three formational gatherings each year (October, February, and May) as part of the Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative (VTE). All expenses for participating in the VTE gatherings, held in Louisville, KY, are covered by the Louisville Institute.

What do I need to know to apply?

Who is eligible for a Doctoral Fellowship?

Eligible applicants:

  • are students in their first or second year of a Ph.D. or Th.D. program at the time they apply
  • attend an accredited graduate school in the United States or Canada
  • are U.S. or Canadian citizens or international students with appropriate student visas to study in North America
  • come from diverse fields such as history, systematic and practical theology, pastoral studies, social sciences, ethics, or biblical studies, or bring interdisciplinary approaches to their scholarship

If you have previously received another Louisville Institute grant, you are eligible and encouraged to apply, but all program and financial reports for any earlier grants must be submitted by July 1. Please note other provisions at the bottom of this page.

If you have questions about eligibility or other stipulations of the fellowship, please email

What are VTE Gatherings?

Three times a year (October, February, & May), LI Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows gather in Louisville, KY, for vocational and professional formation, relationship building, and mutual support as part of the Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative (VTE). With their cohorts, fellows engage vocational questions about theological education, discernment, leadership, pedagogy, mentoring, research and writing, employment and tenure, public theology, guild participation, and other relevant issues. Through peer learning and in conversation with mentor-facilitators and invited resource persons, fellows together create space for dialogue, imagination, collegiality, and growth within and across the academy and the church. All expenses for participation in the VTE gatherings are covered by the Louisville Institute.

How do I apply?


  • Read all the application materials and eligibility requirements on this page thoroughly, and refer to them as you complete your application.
  • Create an online profile on our application portal. You will be asked to provide your name, contact information, and other details about yourself. If you have previously applied for a Louisville Institute program, make sure to update your contact information.
  • Once you have created your profile, click the “Apply” button and select “Doctoral Fellowship” to begin entering the elements of your application. NOTE: Application portal opens June 1, 2023 for 2024 Doctoral Fellowship applications.
  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST March 1, 2024. We recommend that you put together the application elements in time to share them with friends or colleagues for feedback before submitting them. Please do your best to provide clear, refined, and edited documents, noting which elements should be submitted as PDFs.
  • Recommendation letters are due from your recommenders March 8, 2024. In the application portal you will be asked to provide contact information for your recommenders — name, email address, and phone number — and we will send them a link to upload their letters.


Doctoral Fellowship applications require the following elements. After you have created your online profile, you will be prompted to provide the following:

  1. General information about your doctoral progress to date, including:
    • The focus or subject of your anticipated dissertation research
    • Your academic discipline/field
    • Your doctoral progress: the dates you anticipate completing your coursework, comprehensive or qualifying exams, and approval of your dissertation proposal or thesis topic.
  1. Application essay: The Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship is part of the Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative, and its intent is to help early career scholars consider theological education as their vocation or calling. In an essay of no more than 1500 words (5–7 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font), describe why theological education has been important to you, why you have chosen to pursue a doctoral degree related to religion, and what you see as your vocational trajectory. From your perspective and social context, reflect on current dynamics and realities of theological education and the church, the possibilities and challenges ahead, and how you see your gifts, skills, and academic goals within this larger context. In this essay, we are more interested in your ideas, analysis, and passion for theological education than a recitation of your resume. Include your name on each page of the essay, number the pages, and upload the document as a PDF. (Note: The Louisville Institute understands theological education broadly, encompassing the academic study and teaching of religion and its practices, as well as formation for ministry, leadership, social justice and public service, nonprofit and other agency work, etc.)
  2. Doctoral transcript: One transcript (unofficial or official) from your doctoral program to date must be sent by email to OR via transcript service to the same email. Please include your name and name of fellowship program in the subject line of the email. Transcripts are due with the application, so make sure to request them in advance so they are received in time.
  3. Curriculum vitae or resume: Provide a PDF of your CV or resume (no more than four pages) that includes:
    • Institutions of higher education you’ve attended and degrees earned, including dates, starting with the most recent
    • Teaching and/or employment experience, starting with the most recent
    • Major academic honors you’ve received
    • Titles and citations of your publications, starting with the most recent
    • Other relevant experience that will help the selection committee get to know you, such as church leadership, guild membership, volunteer service, etc.
  4. Two letters of recommendation due from the recommenders March 8: In the online application portal, you will be asked to provide contact information (name, email address, and phone number) for your recommenders, who will be sent a link by email through which they can upload letters. As soon as you submit contact information, your recommender will automatically receive the email. Make sure to contact your recommenders in advance to explain the fellowship and to share your application materials.
    • Faculty mentor/advisor letter of recommendation: Your first letter of recommendation should come from your faculty mentor/advisor who will be asked to assess your doctoral work thus far, your vocational interest in theological education, and your promise as a teacher and scholar.
    • Second letter of recommendation: Your second letter of recommendation should come from an academic mentor or colleague who can speak to your scholarly promise and assess the quality of your doctoral work and research. In addition, this recommender will be asked to comment on your personal qualities and commitments, including engagement with faith communities, if applicable.

We will notify you via email when we receive the letters from your recommenders.


All elements of the application, including transcripts, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 1, 2024, except the recommendation letters, which are due from the recommenders March 8, 2024. You can edit all portions of your application until the deadline, after which changes cannot be made. Late applications will not be accepted.

In the week after the application deadline, LI staff will process the applications to prepare for the selection committee. We will follow up with you if your application is incomplete. We will also send you confirmation when we receive your letters of recommendation, and will email you when your application is complete.

If you have questions or encounter problems with the application, email

What is the selection process for Doctoral Fellowship?

Every year the Louisville Institute appoints a selection committee to review proposals and award Doctoral Fellowships. All applicants will be notified as soon as possible following the selection process, which usually takes place about 8 weeks after the application due date. Awards will be announced publicly on or before May 15, 2024. Fellowship funds are dispersed in September of the award year.

We are often asked how many applications we receive for our fellowships. For each of the last several years of the Doctoral Fellowship, we have received about 60 eligible applications and have awarded 10 fellowships.

What else do I need to know?

Because the Louisville Institute is housed at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, members of the seminary’s Board, staff, or student body or their immediate family members (parents, spouse, or children) are not eligible for LI grants or fellowships. Applicants may not submit applications to more than one Louisville Institute grant or fellowship program within the same grant year (June 1–May 31).

Louisville Institute grantees and fellows may not simultaneously hold two individual grants from Lilly Endowment-funded organizations that together total more than US$45,000.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions — send us an email at

Theology and Science

Title:   “Artificial Intelligence: What Can We Learn About Being Human From Non-Human Technological “Life”?”

Author: Robert Russell  Date: 2023-05-12T04:44:40Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 199 – 200


Title:   “ChatGPT’s Significance for Theology”

Author: Mark Graves  Date: 2023-05-12T04:44:40Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 201 – 204


Title:   “AI Is Calling from Rome, Once Again”

Author: Muzaffar Iqbal  Date: 2023-05-12T04:44:33Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 205 – 208


Title:   “An Ecotheology for Human Settlement of the Outer Planets: Roles for Religion Beyond the Warmth of the Sun”

Author: Margaret Boone Rappaport  Date: 2023-03-22T10:13:26Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 209 – 228


Title:   “The Dignity of Causing: Kenosis, Compatibilism, and the God Beyond Genus”

Author: David S. Robinson  Date: 2023-03-20T10:43:08Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 229 – 244


Title:   “Georges Lemaître: Two Paths to Truth”

Author: Pawel Tambor  Date: 2023-05-08T04:44:22Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 245 – 260


Title:   “Shīʿī Imāmī Thought on Existence, Life, and Extraterrestrials”

Author: Shahbaz Haider  Date: 2023-03-30T12:56:56Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 261 – 272


Title:   “Artificial General Intelligence and Panentheism”

Author: Oliver Li  Date: 2023-03-20T10:45:35Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 273 – 287


Title:   “Near-Death Experiences and Emergent Dualism”

Author: Jonathan Kopel  Date: 2023-04-21T05:28:56Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 288 – 301


Title:   “Will Digital Immortality Replace Religion?”

Author: Roberto Di Ceglie  Date: 2023-03-20T10:42:36Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 302 – 314


Title:   “A Comparative Study of Three Contemporary Iranian Muslim Thinkers in Science and Religion, with an Emphasis on Ted Peters’ Views”

Author: Maryam Shamsaei  Date: 2023-03-20T10:41:08Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 315 – 330


Title:   “Interaction in Emergent Human Systems”

Author: Mark Graves  Date: 2023-03-20T10:40:36Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 331 – 339


Title:   “Theologie und Naturwissenschaft. Zur Überwindung von Vorurteilen und zu ganzheitlicher Wirklichkeitserkenntnis”

Author: Hans Schwarz  Date: 2023-03-26T05:08:28Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 340 – 342


Title:   “The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can’t Think the Way We Do”

Author: Noreen Herzfeld  Date: 2023-03-23T05:36:21Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 342 – 343


Title:   “The Height of Prophet Adam: At the Crossroads of Science and Scripture”

Author: Muzaffar Iqbal  Date: 2023-03-22T10:17:25Z
Publication:  Vol:21   Numb. 2  Pages: 344 – 344


Title:   “The Genesis Quest: the geniuses and eccentrics on a journey to uncover the origin of life on earth”

Author: Bruce Wollenberg  Date: 2023-05-12T12:28:33Z
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 2


Title:   “The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World”

Author: Bruce Wollenberg  Date: 2023-05-12T12:25:33Z
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 2


Harvard Theological Review – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   ““The Canaanites were then in the Land” and Other Shechemite Ironies”

Author: Brett, Mark G.  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 173 – 189


Title:   “Gilayon and “Apocalypse”: Reconsidering an Early Jewish Concept and Genre”

Author: Kulik, Alexander  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 190 – 227


Title:   “The Kuzari and Early Kabbalah: Between Integration and Interpretation regarding the Secrets of the Sacrificial Rite”

Author: Bar-Asher, Avishai  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 228 – 253


Title:   “Causality and the Procession of the Holy Spirit in Manuel Kalekas’s De fide deque principiis catholicae fidei”

Author: Lynch, Reginald M.  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 254 – 275


Title:   “On Practical Uses of Ten Sefirot: Material Readings in an Early Modern Kabbalistic Collectaneum (MS Michael 473)”

Author: Paluch, Agata  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 276 – 301


Title:   “What is the Subtle Body?”

Author: Stang, Charles M.  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 302 – 315


Title:   “HTR volume 116 issue 2 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2023-04-28
 Pages: 1 – 3


Title:   “HTR volume 116 issue 2 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2023-04-28
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Indonesian Journal of Theology – New Table of Contents

Title:   “The Lord's Supper Revisited”
Author:  Jessica
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

The Lord’s Supper is probably one of the most vital elements in Christianity. However, churches nowadays witness two extreme attitudes in approaching the Lord’s Supper: one that over-sacralizes the ceremony as something mystical or magical while the other simply takes it as a ritual or memorial. While both notions are not wrong in some sense, the ceremony in fact falls somewhere in the middle. Eucharist involved two important dimensions: it is a meal, and it is a “sacrificial” meal. The ordinary and the religious aspects both exist within the eucharist.

In the records of the Last Supper, Jesus ate the Passover “meal” with His disciples and reinstituted it. From then on, the early church celebrated the Lord’s Supper, gathering and breaking bread in houses, which was then known as agape—a love feast. However, what we witness in today’s Lord’s Supper is nowhere close to the original Last Supper or the early Christian agape feast. It becomes a ceremony without a meal; a celebration without a feast. It is ironic that the so-called “supper” only involves a wafer-like bread and a really small cup of wine. It is the absence of a “meal” that this ceremony becomes more and more detached. The Lord’s Supper becomes difficult to understand because of the emphasis on its sacredness. The ceremony remains a ritual as the “sacred” is separated from the “secular”.

It is the contention of this study that the separation of the love feast from the ceremony of the Lord’s Supper that render it meaningless. This study aims to uncover the context and history of the Lord’s Supper, especially the significance of a feast or meal in the eucharist, and how it was lost in the course of history. We will see that it is in the context of a meal that the early church celebrates the eucharist, a thanksgiving in the form of a love feast. It is in the context of a meal that Jesus introduced His body and blood in the Last Supper. It is in the context of a meal that God commanded the Israelites to observe the Passover. When we approach the Lord’s Table without a proper meal, the eating of the “bread” and “wine” without context becomes a ritual without reality.

Finally, suggestions are given to better approach the Lord’s Table, and hopefully regain the meaning and spirit of the ceremony.

Title:   “Eklesiologi Hibrid Pentakostal: Liturgis, Karismatis, dan Oikoumenis”
Author:  Welko Henro Marpaung
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

Given the massive growth of Pentecostalism did not parallel the development of Pentecostal theology, Pentecostalism needs to strengthen the articulation of the theological practices it performs. One such growth area is Pentecostal ecclesiology since churches across the Pentecostal landscape seemingly carry out such work inadequately. For this reason, the search for alternative forms of Pentecostal ecclesiology presents as a necessity. As a model for Pentecostal ecclesiology, this article presents the case study of Indonesian Assemblies of God (Gereja Sidang-sidang Jemaat Allah di Indonesia or GSJA) International English Service (IES) Christ the King (CTK). By applying a framework and process for Pentecostal spirituality as conceived by Anglican Charismatic practical theologian Mark Cartledge, GSJA IES CTK employed Cartledge’s SET (search-encounter-transformation) framework to produce a Pentecostal hybrid ecclesiology of liturgical, charismatic, and ecumenical orientation. This article discusses the background, approach, and practices of GSJA IES CTK, as well as their ecclesiological constructive process promoting the construction of an alternative Pentecostal ecclesiology.

Title:   “Prophetic Churches for the Metaverse”
Author:  Angga Avila
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

With a number of churches racing towards the metaverse, this paper offers a preliminary response to the phenomenon of the meta-church from the context of Indonesian churches. Churches that adopt and participate in the metaverse ought to do so not simply to be another institution that holds worship or preaches there. Churches that enter the metaverse follow strategies that are driven by followers, likes, and viewers (Joas Adiprasetya) as digital equivalents for measuring attendance, building, and cash (Chloe Lynch) without a proper understanding of the nature of the metaverse and a lack of contextual awareness may unconsciously endorse and even underwrite a system that fosters injustice and inequality. To kindle such an awareness, in this article I wish to consider Belle, a 2021 Japanese animated movie that depicts a metaverse, which features Sponsors who capitalize on its resources and thereby abuse the metaverse by perpetuating deep inequities. The film illuminates the potential condition of a metaverse that promises unlimited possibility and purports to be impartial to everyone, insofar as it connects people and removes for many the barriers of time and distance. While I argue that Indonesian churches must learn from the prophetic character of Bitcoin, they must also stay vigilant against the inherent inequities brought to bear with the advent of the NFT (non-fungible token). Leveraging Joshua Nunzianto’s interpretation of an Augustinian economy of sacrifice, I re-evaluate the very concept of a metaversal economy based on notions of scarcity and proprietary ownership. Then, with reference to Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination and Jürgen Moltmann’s The Spirit of Hope, I construct an ecclesiology of prophetic communities that sing the melody of hope.

Title:   “Gereja yang Mendengar”
Author:  Lamria Sinaga
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

Emotions of shame, guilt, and fear reflect ubiquitous if not normalized aspects of the human experience. This article seeks to explore how the church makes use of the emotion of shame in its theologizing. While shame is an oft discussed topic in psychology and counseling therapy, religious traditions have the tendency to exacerbate such an emotion—which can be seen in how the so-called ideals of the church can alienate those struggling with shame, even to the point of “disappearing” those who suffer. It stands to reason that in this alienating the church lacks a sufficient understanding of shame to proffer it of any use for its theologizing. Following a literature survey of qualitative research methods, this article employs a constructive theological method that considers how relevant a proper comprehension of emotions like shame prove to be for pastoral theology. This article concludes that the emotion of shame, rather than presenting an abyss between humanity and God, is a space to meet the God of perfection, namely, within the vulnerability and suffering of human persons, by means of a listening church.

Title:   “Mungkinkah Dual Belonging sebagai Alternatif Mencapai Kesempurnaan Rohani?”
Author:  Bedali Hulu
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

Dual belonging emerges as a societal reality shaped by the formations of certain social and cultural interactions and family systems. As the works of Paul F. Knitter, Rose Drew, and Catherine Cornille show, the reality of dual belonging is in practice nothing new, particularly in Asia—including Indonesia. By means of their personal encounters vis-à-vis the reality of a religious diversity that is deeply integrated in social and cultural life (specifically in Asia), the contributions of Knitter, Drew, and Cornille prove both valuable for building interreligious dialogue and cooperation as well as beneficial for spiritual growth. Knitter and Drew, for instance, regard dual belonging as a societal good and positive merit of tradition, with Knitter even concluding that dual belonging presents a worthwhile alternative for making spiritual progress. Although Cornille mostly agrees that the ritual practices associated with dual belonging may offer spiritual benefits, she is dubious about the commitment and personal conviction of anyone who simultaneously pursues dual belonging in practice—though this clearly relates to Cornille’s position on multiple religious identification. While the practical development of dual belonging raises doubts and tension among adherents of variegated religions, the practice of dual belonging has become a sociocultural good within Asian tradition even despite the tension it brings, and this includes the case of Indonesia (Albertus Bagus Laksana). Dual belonging practices, such as pilgrimage in Indonesia, can nevertheless be beneficial for one’s spiritual growth when that spirituality is rooted in one’s religious beliefs. This article affirms the acceptability of dual belonging at the level of religious experience while also granting that claims of particularity on a cognitive level remain difficult to bridge.

Title:   “Transformasi bagi Seorang Peziarah”
Author:  Stephen Rehmalem Eliata
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

The development of theology and of philosophy since the 20th-century has failed to form a harmonious relationship between these domains. The concept of Reformed Epistemology (RE), which attempts from the Reformed tradition to link the two, evinces this failure in that RE unwittingly discredits nature and begets religious fundamentalism. Implications of this arrested development are manifest amid various crises—ecological, social, cultural, and economic. Taking these problematics as a point of departure, the author intends to bridge theology and philosophy by means of retrieving from 17th-century Reformed tradition a theologia viatorum. In connection with the phenomenological philosophy of Emmanuel Falque, the author posits that the proper bridging of theology and philosophy as fields of knowledge will create a harmonious relationship between them and thereby bring about Christian transformation for those called pilgrim (viator). Through such transformation, every Christian might come to realize the final end of theology, which—according to the Reformed tradition—is to worship and glorify God within the world.

Title:   “Bumi, Laut, dan Keselamatan: Refleksi-Refleksi Ekoteologi Kontekstual.”
Author:  Ricky Atmoko
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0000

A book review of Bumi, Laut, dan Keselamatan: Refleksi-Refleksi Ekoteologi Kontekstual.

Rutgers Analytic Theology Seminar – CFP Deadline Oct 15, 2023.

The Rutgers Analytic Theology Seminar solicits abstracts for papers in analytic theology, for a conference to be held March 10-12, 2024, at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus. Papers are welcome in all areas of analytic theology, including analytical historical theology. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words in length, and should be prepared for blind review. Those sending abstracts should specify whether the final paper will be colloquium (3000 word) or symposium (4-5000 word) length. At most one paper will be accepted for a submitted symposium; some who send an abstract for a symposium slot may be offered a colloquium slot instead. Some whose papers are not accepted may be offered commentator slots. All sessions will be single-reader; there will be no “panels.”

Abstracts are due by October 15, to frederick.choo AT Decisions will be announced by December 1.

Keynote and symposium sessions will be read-ahead, with commentators. Colloquium papers will be read out, and may or may not have commentators. Keynote and symposium sessions may last 90 minutes or two hours; colloquium sessions will be one hour. Keynote speakers will be Thomas McCall (Asbury), Samuel Lebens (Haifa), and Hud Hudson (Western Washington).

Further information on the conference will be forthcoming.

Scottish Journal of Theology

Latest Table of Contents.

Title:   “Theological exegesis and internal trinitarian relations”

Author: Wiarda, Timothy  Date: 2023-02-03
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 99 – 111

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000989

Title:   “Johannes Polyander and the inefficacious internal call: An Arminian compromise?”

Author: Griess, Cory  Date: 2023-03-10
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 112 – 125

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000953

Title:   “Wisdom and suffering in Teresa of Cartagena”

Author: Drahos, Kristen  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 126 – 138

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000977

Title:   “‘Draw me after you’: Toward an erotic theosis”

Author: Davis, Aaron Brian  Date: 2023-02-07
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 139 – 152

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000990

Title:   “The utility of adoptionism as a heuristic category: The baptism narrative in the Gospel of the Ebionites as a test case”

Author: Kok, Michael  Date: 2023-01-30
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 153 – 163

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000965

Title:   “‘God corresponds to Godself’: John Webster’s doctrine of God ‘after’ Karl Barth”

Author: Rempel, Brent  Date: 2023-03-29
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 164 – 177

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000941

Title:   “Paul Avis, Reconciling Theology (London: SCM Press, 2022), pp. xiv + 260. £30.00”

Author: Morris, Jeremy  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 178 – 179

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000904

Title:   “Stanley Hauerwas, Fully Alive: The Apocalyptic Humanism of Karl Barth (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2022), pp. x + 204. $29.50”

Author: Persaud, Winston Dwarka Graham  Date: 2023-03-10
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 179 – 181

DOI: doi:10.1017/S003693062200076X

Title:   “Oda Wischmeyer, Love as Agape: The Early Christian Concept and Modern Discourse (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2021), pp. xvii + 317. $69.99”

Author: Hylen, Susan E.  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 181 – 183

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000461

Title:   “Hud Hudson, Fallenness and Flourishing (Oxford: OUP, 2021), pp. 213. $85.00”

Author: Couenhoven, Jesse  Date: 2023-03-10
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 183 – 185

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000898

Title:   “J. Richard Middleton, Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021), pp. xv + 256. $26.99”

Author: Kuruvilla, Abraham  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 185 – 187

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000564

Title:   “Stephen Morgan, John Henry Newman and the Development of Doctrine: Encountering Change, Looking for Continuity (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2022), pp. xvi + 315. $75.00”

Author: Heffley, Mark  Date: 2023-03-10
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 187 – 189

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000771

Title:   “Lyle D. Bierma, Font of Pardon and New Life: John Calvin and the Efficacy of Baptism (Oxford: OUP, 2021), pp. ix + 267. £64.00/$99.00”

Author: Canlis, Julie  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 189 – 190

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000540

Title:   “John C. Clark and Marcus Peter Johnson, A Call to Christian Formation: How Theology Makes Sense of Our World (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021), pp. xiii + 208. $22.99”

Author: Barrett, Lee C.  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 191 – 192

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000539

Title:   “Matt R. Jantzen, God, Race, and History: Liberating Providence (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021), pp. vii + 197. $100.00”

Author: Yorke, Michael A.  Date: 2023-03-29
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 192 – 194

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000801

Title:   “Pieter Vos, Longing for the Good Life: Virtue Ethics After Protestantism (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 224. £90.00/$115.00”

Author: Revell, Roger L.  Date: 2023-03-10
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 194 – 196

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000849

Title:   “Shao Kai Tseng, Karl Barth (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2021), pp. xxiii +225. $15.99”

Author: McDowell, Mark I.  Date: 2023-03-27
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 196 – 197

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000916

Title:   “Nicholas Peter Harvey and Linda Woodhead, Unknowing God: Toward a Post-Abusive Theology (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2022), pp. 160. $21.00/£18.00”

Author: Percy, Martyn  Date: 2023-03-13
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 198 – 200

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930622000886

Title:   “SJT volume 76 issue 2 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 4

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930623000285

Title:   “SJT volume 76 issue 2 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2023-04-20
Publication:  Vol:   Numb.  Pages: 1 – 2

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0036930623000297

Irish Theological Quarterly – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Pope Francis’s Integral Ecology Paradigm: An Exploration of Its Theological Foundations and Ethical Implications”

Author: Celia Deane-Drummond  Date: 2023-03-18T06:18:06Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 99 – 111


Title:   “Enhancing Catholic School Identity: A Response to Peter McGregor”

Author: Robyn Horner  Date: 2023-03-18T06:19:45Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 112 – 136


Title:   “Growth of the Christian Idea: An Application of Bernard Lonergan’s Thought to Discourse on Doctrinal Development”

Author: Vincent Birch  Date: 2023-03-16T05:07:12Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 137 – 154


Title:   “Biblical Theodicy of Righteous Fulfillment: Divine Promise and Proximity”

Author: Paul K. Moser  Date: 2023-03-11T06:33:00Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 155 – 170


Title:   “‘Incarnational Theology’ Understandings and the Scriptural Witnesses to St Joseph in the Human Maturation of Jesus of Nazareth”

Author: P. A. McGavin  Date: 2023-03-18T06:21:16Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 171 – 190


Title:   “Book Review: The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God: An Emerging Chapter for Religious Life; Science, Theology and Mission”

Author: Anne M. Codd  Date: 2023-04-15T12:31:43Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 191 – 193


Title:   “Book Review: Lead, Kindly Light: Essays for Ian Ker”

Author: Bernadette Waterman Ward  Date: 2023-04-15T12:31:41Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 193 – 195


Title:   “Book Review: The Spirit of Catholicism”

Author: Andrew Meszaros  Date: 2023-04-15T12:31:39Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 195 – 196


Title:   “Book Review: You Shall Not Condemn: A Story of Faith and Advocacy on Death Row”

Author: Michael Mawson  Date: 2023-04-15T12:31:39Z
Publication:  Vol:88   Numb. 2  Pages: 196 – 197


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:


Theology Today (latest table of contents)

Title:   “From Princeton to Monrovia”

Author: Gordon S. Mikoski  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:45Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 6 – 8


Title:   “The Great Ecological Transformation”

Author: Jürgen Moltmann  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:44Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 9 – 17


Title:   “How Then Shall We Live as a People of Faith in a World in Crisis?”

Author: Duncan Ferguson  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:43Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 18 – 28


Title:   “Protestantism without Reformation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Indictment of American Christianity”

Author: Joshua Mauldin  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:42Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 29 – 43


Title:   ““Forcing Every Thought and Action into Responsibility”: An Unpublished Curriculum Vitae from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Fiancé Maria von Wedemeyer. Edited with an Introduction and Commentary by Jutta Koslowski”

Author: Jutta Koslowski  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:44Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 44 – 53


Title:   “Evangelical or Mainline? Doctrinal Similarity and Difference in Asian American Christianity: Sketching a Social-Practical Theory of Christian Doctrine”

Author: David C. Chao  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:42Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 54 – 73


Title:   “Translational Choices and Interpretation in Galatians 1:13–16: An Appraisal”

Author: Hans Förster  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:42Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 74 – 87


Title:   “Misreading C. S. Lewis on Friendship: The Charges of Sexism, Secrecy, and Snobbery”

Author: Jason Lepojärvi  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:42Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 88 – 97


Title:   “On Theology and Psychology”

Author: Kenneth E. Kovacs  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:44Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 98 – 103


Title:   “Book Review: Unspeakable Cults: An Essay in Christology by Paul J. DeHart”

Author: Jay Martin  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:44Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 104 – 106


Title:   “Book Review: Invisible: Theology and the Experience of Asian American Women by Grace Ji-Sun Kim”

Author: Rebecca S. Jeong  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:43Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 106 – 107


Title:   “Book Review: Paul, Community, and Discipline: Establishing Boundaries and Dealing with the Disorderly by Adam G. White”

Author: Julien C. H. Smith  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:43Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 107 – 109


Title:   “Book Review: Sustaining Hope: Friendships and Intellectual Impairments by David B. McEwan and Jim Good”

Author: Erin Raffety  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:43Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 109 – 110


Title:   “Book Review: Art as Witness: A Practical Theology of Arts-Based Research by Helen T. Boursier”

Author: Sonia Waters  Date: 2023-03-28T10:54:43Z
 Vol:80   Numb. 1  Pages: 110 – 112


Call for Submissions – Doxology Journal vol 34.

Doxology: a journal of worship and the sacramental life is seeking submissions for upcoming issues. Founded in 1984, Doxology is a journal published by the Order of Saint Luke (OSL Publications) containing both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed content. Distribution is to a number of university and seminary libraries in the United States, individual subscribers, and the members of the Order globally. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, Doxology also publishes newly written liturgical material, hymn texts and sacred poetry, sacred visual art, book reviews, and screen reviews. 

Articles intended for peer-review should deal with some practice or theology of Christian worship or the sacramental life, and should normally be between 6000-7000 words in length. Articles not intended for peer review can be of various lengths. Complete writing guidelines and a style sheet can be found on the OSL Publications website:  

Submission deadlines for Volume 34 are as follows:

  • 34.1 (Lent-Easter 2023): February 26, 2023
  • 34.2 (Pentecost 2023): April 16, 2023
  • 34.3 (Ordinary Time 2023): July 23, 2023
  • 34.4 (Advent-Christmas 2023): September 10, 2023

Submissions of articles, liturgical material, poems, visual art and any questions may be sent to the Editor of Doxology, Br. Jonathan Hehn, OSL, at Please submit all material in the form of an email attachment (.docx, .odt, or .rtf file format for documents, .jpg or .pdf format for images). 

Those interested in submitting book reviews should please contact Sr. Sarah Mount Elewononi, OSL, at Those interested in submitting screen reviews should please contact Sr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL, at Hymns and songs should be submitted to Kelly Grooms at Musical scores should be submitted both in an image format (such as a pdf) and in a MusicXML format. 

Thanks in advance for your submissions, and for sharing this email with your students and colleagues.

Currents in Theology and Mission

Title:   “Gwen Sayler”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Book Reviews – April 2023”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Embodying the Questions”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Stronger Than Death”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “The Finite Holds the Infinite”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Theological Non-Negotiables in Martin Luther's Hymns for Confessing Jesus Christ in the Twenty-first Century”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Applying a Theology of Vocation to Economic Justice in Rural America”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Reading Scripture as Good News for All”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “A Table Talk of Terror”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Job's Lament”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Two Bible Studies on Climate Change”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “The Walk to Emmaus or La Caminata a Emaús from Luke 24:13-35”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Title:   “Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr.”

Author:  Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 00:00:00 -0500


Call for Applications: Psychology Cross-Training Fellowship Opportunity for Theologians – Mar 27, 2023 Deadline.

Call for applications: Psychology Cross-Training Fellowship Programme for Theologians

The University of Birmingham is running a 16-month fellowship program for theologians to help them engage with psychological science in their research.  These fellowships are designed to provide the opportunity for theologians to break down disciplinary barriers and engage more deeply with psychological research to further theological exploration and practice. The fellowships will offer support for theologians to participate in an intensive 16-month programme in psychological cross-training, equipping them with the skills to draw upon insights from psychology and potentially providing them with funding to undertake psychologically informed theological research. The fellowships will build a community of science-engaged theologians who will be able to work independently or collaboratively to undertake new research, develop teaching materials incorporating psychological science, and raise the profile of this area of enquiry.  Fellows will have the opportunity to take part in 2 residential workshops, work with psychologist mentors, apply for a £20,000 research project (open only to project fellows), and more.  

The deadline for applications is March 27th, 2023.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in (or if you know someone who would be), you can find more details here:, or email Dr. Carissa Sharp at @  

Submitted by:
Dr Carissa Sharp
Assistant Professor of Psychology of Religion
Co-Principal Investigator: International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society
Co-Investigator: Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum – Global Perspectives
University of Birmingham

Open Theology – Call for Papers – “Religion & Spirituality in Everyday Life” Submission Deadline:

“Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Religion and Spirituality in Everyday Life,” edited by Joana Bahia (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Cecilia Bastos (National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil María Pilar García Bossio, UCA-CONICET, Argentina)


This Special Issue seeks to put in dialogue research focusing on religious and spiritual practices that take place outside institutional frameworks and in people’s everyday lives. We are interested in the presence of new spiritualities in daily life, whether understood as re-readings or even breaks from religious traditions. Typically, the category of spirituality refers to reinterpretations of spiritual disciplines from external historical-spatial contexts. However, here we understand them also as appropriations of institutionalised religions that are practiced outside their typical frameworks and, also, possible analogue configurations, but which are understood, implicitly or explicitly, as not religious. 

We invite researchers to submit papers that contribute to the reflection about the places and contexts where religious and spiritual experiences take place in contemporary societies, which will contribute to widening the limits of what we call “religion” today. We expect to receive contributions that analyse some of the following topics: 

  • Manifestations of religious nature or resemblance, such as sacralisation and rituals, that take place outside “temples” and in everyday life. 
  • Interpretations and appropriations of religious and/or spiritual symbols in non-traditional practice contexts. 
  • Uses and negotiations of the categories of religion and spirituality in specific contexts. 
  • Ways in which the religious and/or spiritual shape or transform tangible or intangible heritage in public and private space. 


Submissions will be collected until May 15, 2023, via the on-line submission system at  

Choose as article type: “Religion and Spirituality in Everyday Life”  

Before submission the authors should carefully read the Instruction for Authors, available at:  

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

Further questions about content for this thematic issue can be addressed to Guillermo Andrés Duque Silva at Technical or financial questions can be directed to journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at  

Journal of Biblical & Theological Studies – CPF on Ecclesiology. Submission Deadline, Dec 1, 2023

The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies, a peer-reviewed, open access journal, invites scholarly submissions for a forthcoming issue on Ecclesiology. JBTS is an interdenominational, broadly evangelical journal that seeks to provide high-level scholarship to both scholars and students. In this special issue, we seek a broad engagement with the Doctrine of the Church. Potential topics can range from the church’s identity, its mission and/or how the church relates to the state and society, its sacraments, its unity and diversity, catholicity, ecumenism, or practical concerns that today’s church encounters.

For inquires, contributors may reach out to justin.mclendon AT 

Deadline for submission is 12/1/2023.

Invitation link can be found here.

Article guidelines can be found here.

Call for Abstracts: Theology, Religion, and Dungeons & Dragons (Feb 15 Deadline)

Dungeons & Dragons is a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) that was created in 1974 and popularized in the 1970’s and 1980’s, though it has found a renaissance in contemporary popular culture due in part to its prominent role in the Netflix series Stranger Things. The COVID-19 pandemic saw a surge in virtual Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) gaming via work-from-home platforms such as Zoom; from their living rooms, people across the world would work in the virtual office by day and venture into the fantasy worlds of D&D by evening. Additionally, the rising popularity of live-streamers and groups with enormous followings, such as Critical Role, underscores the prominent role that the game continues to hold with tabletop gamers and speaks to the diverse manners in which D&D is enjoyed.

The fantasy worlds of D&D are replete with religious imagery and rely on the theological imagination. Real-world theological and religious concepts and ideas inform this theological imagination, placing human players in foreign yet familiar settings. Guidebooks provide source material for religious and belief structures, as well as deities and player classes that engage both religion and theology. D&D utilizes theology and religion in its expansive mythos, worldbuilding, and everyday experiences of adventures.

The editors gladly invite submissions on, but not limited to, the topics below for a volume on the intersections of academic disciplines of theology, religious studies, and the creative world of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), to be published in the Theology, Religion, and Popular Culture book series. Interested authors should send chapter abstracts of 300-700 words, along with a CV or resume, to

Methodologies and Approaches: theological, religious, or other disciplines intersecting with some aspect or concepts from the D&D universe. Topics might include:

  • The relationship between theology and role-play for spiritual formation.
  • Pastoral theology: D&D and spiritual care.
  • The three-tiered universe, the sacred canopy, and postmodern epistemology.
  • Gaming or games as spiritual or religious practice.
  • The collaborative roles of the Dungeon Master and players, the roles of clergy and laity.
  • The place of ritual and spellcasting, the place of liturgy and sacrament.
  • Diverse theological systems, henotheism, polytheism, etc. and D&D pantheons.
  • Mythology and formation: understanding the structuring role of narrative.
  • Existentialism, adventuring, and the quest for meaningful living.

Themes: theological and/or religious explorations of major themes related to the D&D universe. Topics might include:

  • Mainstream acceptance, how popular culture contributed to shifting public perceptions of D&D.
  • Race (now changed to species), class, gender, and other revisions in the D&D universe.
  • The commodification of hobbies, capitalism and D&D.
  • Fantasy/Tolkien’s influence on D&D.
  • Can good people play evil characters?
  • Theological or religious tolerance and pluralism amid competing complex belief structures.
  • The lingering impact of past-trauma in characters’ backstories and the enactment of woundedness. The death of an imagined character and loss.
  • Interaction between human and non-human (“others”). 
  • Non-combative conflict transformation.
  • Are the dice gods mad at me, determinism and free-will?
  • Good versus evil, are devils beyond redemption?
  • Friendship, companionship, and mental health.
  • Vocation/Calling and teamwork: multiclassing outside of traditional boxes.

Works: Topics might include:

  • Stranger Things and Christian fear of D&D.
  • An analysis of part of some aspect of a prominent campaign or popular culture portrayal of D&D (like Critical Role, the “C” Team, or Onward).
  • Media portrayal of D&D, or stereotypes of table-top gamers and bullying, exclusion, or escapism.
  • An analysis of a major D&D campaign like Tomb of AnnihilationLost Mine of Phandelver, Storm King’s Thunder, etc.
  • Engagement with the fantasy books set in the D&D universe like The Legend of Drizzt.
  • Baldur’s Gate: online RPG in the D&D universe

The call for chapters ends February 15, 2023. Authors will be notified of accepted proposals on March 1st, 2023. Authors will submit their accepted chapters by August 31st, 2023. Final chapters with revisions will be due March 1st, 2024 with an anticipated publication date honoring the upcoming 50thanniversary of D&D.

CFP: For special issue of Religious Studies

Special Issue Guest editors:
Meghan D. Page, Loyola University Maryland,
US Ignacio Silva, Universidad Austral, Argentina

Religious Studies in collaboration with the SET Foundations Project calls for papers that integrate practice-based philosophy of science with topics in philosophy of religion and theology. The best submitted paper, as judged by a committee, will receive a prize of $5,000. That paper, along with others selected, will be published in a special issue of Religious Studies.

Although both practice-based philosophy of science and philosophy of religion and theology explore topics such as causation, explanation, laws of nature, natural kinds, representation, models, and evidence, there is a significant lack of constructive dialogue between them. However, we believe that deeper theological and philosophical interaction with practice-based philosophy of science is likely to produce novel approaches to the big questions in theology and philosophy of religion.

This new approach encourages scholars to explore general questions regarding the aims and methods of scientific practice
rather than emphasize specific scientific theories or theses. We are particularly interested in work by philosophers of religion and theologians that engages with recent literature in practice-based philosophy of science, exemplified by questions such as: How do scientific explanations work? How do scientists use models? How do causal concepts vary across different domains of scientific inquiry? What are scientific “laws” and do all scientific theories employ them? How do we determine what counts as “good” science? We take this approach to be distinct from theory-based philosophy of science, which focuses on the metaphysical implications of particular scientific theories.

We do not intend to privilege any style or tradition of theology or philosophy. We hope scholars from across the globe will integrate philosophy of science into their preferred theological or philosophical approach. We view this engagement as one aspect of a rich and complex theological methodology, to be appropriately paired with historical, social, and textual analysis. We

invite philosophers of religion and theologians to submit papers that

Examples of possible paper topics include:

  • What counts as evidence for claims in theology and philosophy of religion?
  • How do we understand the content and meaning of theological or religious terms? Do we gather our understanding of these terms from experience?
  • What role do models play in theology? Is doctrine best thought of as a kind of model? Or is it something else?
  • Can experience confirm or undermine theological claims?
  • Are there multiple, distinctive strands of evidence used in • theology? What are they?
  • Can scientific evidence be used as support for theological views?
  • Do multilevel explanations (which integrate more than one scientific theory) offer a path for integrating multiple levels of explanation in theology (e.g. reconciling human and divine action)?
  • Are theological models like scientific models? Can scientific models offer a template for new models in theology?

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2023

Full papers should be submitted via the Religious Studies Portal (a special section has been established for papers for this issue). Visit the Religious Studies homepage for a description of the journal and instructions to authors. More at

CFP: The Psychological Science of Emotions for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

In recent years, social scientists have increasingly directed their attention to investigating topics at the intersection of religion, psychology, and human well-being. Among these topics are character traits, virtues, and processes closely associated with growth in Christlikeness, such as gratitude, grace, humility, forgiveness, hope, faith, and suffering. Many of these traits and virtues have characteristic affective states that attend them. Frequently though, emotions are thought to be outside of the range of our will or choice. They are something that happens to us. If true, then the many injunctions of Scripture to cultivate certain emotions and virtues and to avoid others become more perplexing. For this special issue we seek articles that engage empirical
findings from the social sciences to aid spiritual growth by answering questions such as the following:

  • What are the social scientific findings regarding the factors that shape our emotions and by extension impact our virtues (or vices)?
  • What implications do these findings have for what should shape our emotions?
  • What are the implications of these scientific findings for spiritual formation and soul care? How can we apply these insights to growth in Christlikeness?

Answering these questions requires 1) consideration of how to move from descriptive social scientific findings to prescriptive recommendations for growth and 2) integration of social scientific findings with the traditional sources of Christian formation: Scripture and the spiritual experiences of God’s people through the centuries. For this special issue, we seek two kinds of contributions: 1) shorter data-driven descriptions of empirical findings with applicability to Christian formation and 2) theoretical integration and application of scientific findings with spiritual theology.

Submissions Due May 1, 2023
General submission information:
Guest editors: Jason McMartin, Ryan Peterson, Timothy Pickavance, and Kyle Strobel
Questions: jason.mcmartin AT