Category: Call For Papers

Important Update for: “Women and God” Call for Papers (Logia Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference)

PLEASE NOTE TWO UPDATES FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:
(a) Call for Papers deadline has been extended to Jan 31, 2021
(b) The corrected email to send papers to is logiatheology @gmail.com


Conference date: Thursday 27th, May 2021
(See conclusion of of posting for submission deadlines and other dates)

Call for Papers

We invite short paper submissions on the theme of “Women and God”. Any student currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme is welcome to apply by submitting a 100-250 word abstract. Topics might include, but are not limited to: Feminist philosophy of religion and theology; Feminist hermeneutics; The life or thought of women in relation to spirituality; Close engagement with female theologians or philosophers; Theological depictions of women in the arts; Questions of religious authority and female bodies; Female-images of the divine or other feminine religious symbols (e.g. the church as the ‘bride of Christ’, Gaia, Uzza, or The Morrίgan); Discussions of religious devotion that have been historically associated with women’s spirituality; The role of women in religious movements.

Call for Respondents

We are also looking for volunteers from female postgraduate students, post-doctorates, or University faculty to be respondents to papers and chair sessions. Respondents can approach us in connection with a prospective author or independently. Those who are submitting papers may volunteer to be a respondent also.

Registration for this conference is free of charge and open to everyone. All inquiries, abstract submissions or volunteer respondents should email: logiatheology at gmail.com

Keynote speakers

Prof Kate Kirkpatrick is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism – especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her books include, Sartre and Theology, The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought, and most recently Becoming Beauvoir: A Life.

Prof Sabine Hyland is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. Her research involves both 400-year old Spanish manuscripts and travel to remote mountain villages in Central and Southern Peru to meet with native community leaders, local healers and diviners. Her books include, The Chankas and The Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru, God of the Andres: An Early Jesuit Account of Inca Religion and Andean Christianity and many more. Prof Sabine also features on the History Channels recent documentary Mankind – The Story of All of Us.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 31st, 2020
Notification of Accepted Papers: February 14th, 2021
Papers to be pre-circulated to Respondents: May 8th, 2021
Conference Date: May 27th, 2021

Logia is an organisation within the St Mary’s Divinity School at the University of St Andrews that seeks to support and promote female scholars. https://logos.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/logia/
Many thanks go to the St Leonards Postgraduate Fund (University of St Andrews) for their generous support of this conference. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/stleonards/

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Call For Papers – Negotiating Good Life in Times of Crisis: Voices of Theology and Religious Studies


Call For Papers

PThU International Conference warmly invites you to submit a paper proposal, to participate in this international conference, and to reflect with us on good life from various contexts, in times of crisis and beyond.

We invite paper and panel proposals on, but not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. Historical perspectives on negotiating good life in times of crisis.
  2. Discussions of texts and religious sources that relate to crisis.
  3. Christian understanding and practices as a source for the good life.
  4. Reflections on the relationship between various types and levels of crisis (ecological, health, economical, global and local disparity) and religion.
  5. The critical role of academic theology and/or religious studies when reflecting on crisis, good life and lived religion.
  6. Case studies of empirical practices in past and present through which the good life is negotiated and furthered.
  7. The role of interreligious dialogue and cooperation in negotiating responses to crises and establishing criteria for good life.
  8. Philosophical reflections, such as on the ontology and epistemology of the good life.

Guidelines for submitting proposals – Determine which type of proposal you wish to submit. You can either submit an individual paper proposal or a panel session proposal.

Paper proposal – A paper written by you (and possibly a co-author) that you will present in response to the conference theme. The timeslot for a paper presentation is 20 minutes.  Please submit the title of your proposal, and an abstract of 300 – 400 words describing the content of the proposed paper on the website ( https://www.pthu.nl/en/news-and-events/events/2021/10/pthu-international-conference-negotiating-good-life-in-times-of-crisis-voices-of-theology-and-religious-studies/ )

Proposals must include one’s name, email-address, and current affiliation and position, if any.

Panel proposal – A proposal of a complete session of 3 or 4 different papers on a common theme related to the conference theme, complete with its own description, title, a presider, paper presentations, and (optionally) a respondent. Presenters in a panel session must submit their proposals (each also with a title and abstract of 300-400 words) to the panel session organiser, who in turn is responsible for submitting the entire proposal.

Timeslot for a panel is 60 or 90 minutes, with each paper presentation lasting no longer than 15 minutes. The proposal should include for all participants one’s name and current affiliation or position, if any.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 March, 2021.


Conference

Dates of the conference: 25-28 October, 2021
Venue: De Thomas, Prinses Irenestraat 36, 1077 WX Amsterdam
Theme: Negotiating Good Life in Times of Crisis: Voices of Theology and Religious Studies

Keynote lectures by
Dr. Cynthia Rigby, USA
Dr. Allan Boesak, South-Africa
Dr. Aruna Gnanadason, India
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands

Young theologians’ panel with
Thandi Soko-de Jong
Ruben van Zwieten
Almatine Leene o.v.
Martijn Stoutjesdijk

Conference Overview

Theologians and scholars in religious studies are called to reflect on good life. This international conference seeks to create a platform for reflecting together on good life in the face of the interrelated crises of today’s world. The conference aims to explore what constitutes a ‘good life’ and in what way ‘good life’ is envisioned and promoted in religion. We will inquire sources as well as beliefs and practices, in both historical and contemporary perspective. How do Christians and others negotiate ‘good’ life in times of crisis?

Crisis situations have an enormous impact on people’s lives. Natural disasters, illness, conflict or violence: they all affect people’s health, mind and social wellbeing. It’s during such times that people reconsider what it means to live a ‘good’ life. How can they flourish when they’re confronted with economic or environmental collapse? How do they give meaning to their lives when their job is on the line? And what makes their lives worth living when they’ve contracted a fatal illness?

Theologians and religious scholars ask questions like:

  • Which sources do we use to define what good (and bad) life is? How do people implement those sources?
  • What makes a source or an activity that furthers good life in times of crisis ‘religious’?
  • What does a Christian understanding and how do Christian practices contribute to good life?
  • How do competing views and practices of good life relate and interact?
  • Can various ways of looking at what good is and how it is obtained, exist side by side?
  • Can we learn from takes on good life that differ from ours?
  • And, importantly, is good life in times of crisis for one compatible with good life for another? Can good life for humans also be good for animals and nature – and the other way around?

Good life is about meaning: Good life is often connected to living a meaningful life: a life worth living, that contributes to flourishing. It can be applied in many other contexts, as well: when coping with crises, vulnerability, fragility, hardships and suffering or in context of care and ageing, communities that deal with disaster and in response to ecological challenges.

Good life from a religious perspective: Viewed from a religious perspective, good life typically relates to a transcendent and ultimate reality. It is, for example, characterised by being created in the image of God, by a covenant, good deeds, salvation, reconciliation, liberation, grace, discipleship, love, service, responsibility, compassion, community and, what has been called, eschatological imagination.

Christian theologians may refer to divine presence and intervention, to God, revelation in the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, cultural and religious experience. Other religions may call upon different sources. Religious studies scholars don’t necessarily identify with the various religious phenomena and sources they study. This may, in fact, also be the case with theologians when they refer to sources, beliefs and practices from the past. Those were once authoritative and inspiring, but are now challenged by new developments. This hermeneutical challenge also holds for developing views on what is good life in religious perspective in times of crisis.

Renegotiating visions of a good life: Visions of good life need to be negotiated time and again, within a person, within a religion, and between persons, religions, and different contexts and situations. They may coincide or collide with other forces and ideals: political, economic, national, ecological, religious, cultural and many more. This is not only a phenomenon of our time. Throughout history and across the globe, cultural and religious traditions have interacted and often clashed, triggered by processes of globalisation,  human mobility, and economic disparity. Aspects of religions that were long taken for granted are challenged by religious diversity, sexual diversity, awareness of gender, racism and ecology.

Shifting visions on good life during a crisis: In times of crisis, religious identities react and shift. For example, the ecological crisis fundamentally calls into question the anthropocentric worldview of Western Christianity. The current racial struggles challenge the way we read and interpret our religious sources. Health crises involve negotiating moral views on life and death. All these factors challenge existing views of what is good.

Globalisation and good life: Globalisation is an ambivalent process, from many perspectives, including a religious one. On the one hand, a global world triggers world-wide solidarity by religious communities. A multi-cultural and (digital) network society bears the possibility for mutual enrichment of religions. It enables inter-religious dialogue. On the other hand, unchained globalisation may cause wars, excessive migration, poverty, and global natural, economic and health crises, which also bear local and personal effects. In today’s world, the individual, local, regional, national and global levels are inextricably connected. In turn, such crises may bring out the good in people. They learn to appreciate their local communities and environment and display solidarity and care for each other. They take a break from the rat race and may even decide to change their lifestyle drastically.

Religious sources for negotiating good life in times of crisis: History has known other periods with extensive globalisation, such as the periods of Persian, Greek and Roman dominion. The Mediterranean world in this period is the cradle of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the classical rabbinic literature, and the Koran were consolidated or written in this period. These sources bear witness to similar crises and responses to crises in different periods. Yet many of them are considered authoritative or inspiring to the present day. Throughout history, theological reflections on, additions to, and interpretations of these sources have been produced continuously, and they do until the present day. These reflections and interpretations, including those of people from the margins, have led to new practices and rituals. Asian religions such as Buddhism are currently gaining followers far away from their places of origin. Together with new religious forms, they offer sources for, and ways of dealing with good life and crisis.

Dates of the conference: 25-28 October, 2021

Venue: De Thomas, Prinses Irenestraat 36, 1077 WX Amsterdam

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: conference2021 @ pthu.nl

Organising Committee

Prof. dr. Henk de Roest
Prof. dr. Heleen Zorgdrager
Dr. Lieve Teugels
Shingi Masunda, MA
Drs. Albert Nijboer, International Officer
Esther van Beem, Communication Advisor

Protestant Theological University

The PThU is a specialised university for the study of Christian theology, whose proud history stretches back over 150 years. Its renowned predecessors from Kampen, Leiden and Utrecht joined forces in 2007 to form the Protestant Theological University. Since 2012 the PThU has had its campuses in Groningen and Amsterdam. https://www.pthu.nl/en/

Research

Scientific research at the PThU is divided into two research groups. In the Moving Identities research programme, we ask about the influence of global processes on the identity formation of people and communities. Our research programme Mediating Good Life focuses on the question: what is a ‘good life’? https://www.pthu.nl/en/research/

Call For Papers: The Bible and Migration (Open Theology)

Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue “The Bible and Migration,”prepared in collaboration with the conference “The Bible on the Move: Toward a Biblical Theology of Migration,” held at Fuller Theological Seminary in January 2020.

This special issue asks how cutting-edge biblical scholarship should inform conversation about and action relating to migration in the twenty-first century, bridging the gap between biblical studies, theology, and activism. Articles should examine how the biblical texts reflect diverse migrant experiences, as well as ways in which these texts reflect theologically on migration and appropriate responses to it among migrants and host communities. Articles may also critically interrogate the Bible’s use in arguments over migration and migrants’ reception by host communities. For purposes of this issue, ‘migration’ is understood to include refugee movements, internal and external displacements, and a wide spectrum of voluntary and involuntary migration motivated by famine, war, economics, and other causes. Contributions from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament or the New Testament are welcome, as are contributions that seek to take the perspective of both into account.

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:
* transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
* free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

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

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

How To Submit

Submissions will be collected by April 30, 2021, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/
Choose as article type: “The Bible and Migration

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:
http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006579_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf

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

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Carly Crouch at clcrouch@fuller.edu. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com

Call for Papers: Experimental Psychology and the Notion of Personhood (Scientia et Fides)

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Editors:
Scott Harrower (Ridley College, Australia), Ryan Peterson (Biola University, USA) and Juan F. Franck (Universidad Austral, Argentina)

The proposed Special Issue of Scientia et Fides aims at documenting and promoting high level integrative work that extends the insights of psychological science into the philosophical and theological discussions of what is a person.

Psychological science is based upon empirical research and concepts that justifiably arise from data. It often requires the revision of previous models by asking new questions, thereby opening up new avenues for exploration in theological and philosophical debates that have gotten bogged down. Theology and philosophy would be thus greatly strengthened if these disciplines were able to warrant their claims and also nuance these based upon the findings of psychological science. There has been some remarkable mutual interdisciplinary enrichment in the study of free will, agency, moral attitudes, character building, and religious beliefs. This Special Issue capitalizes on the fruitfulness of such previous work, inviting cross-disciplinary studies on the relevance and import of psychological science for renovating philosophical and theological discussions on personhood.

Philosophers, theologians and psychologists (especially those in the developmental and social fields), share a common interest in the notion of personhood. It is an anchor point that supports a rich phenomenological description of our human experience (embodiment, subjectivity, interiority, relationality, spirituality, morality and transcendence), it accounts for the metaphysical place of man in the great chain of being, and it also reflects the presence of the divine, thus illuminating the foundations of religion. The present call for papers welcomes a wide variety of views and subjects. It aims at overcoming the sterility of overly strict epistemological divides, at the same time as recognizing some necessary methodological distinctions. It therefore endeavors to contribute to an expanded exercise of reason, bringing together mutually illuminating research methodologies.

Papers submitted for review will reflect the present state of the art of debates and studies at the intersection of these fields, and will typically consist in either of the following, or a combination thereof: (1) theoretical or conceptual discussions that show why a fruitful engagement between experimental psychology and philosophy and/or theology can specifically advance our understanding of personhood; (2) specific contributions of psychological science that illuminate, enrich, challenge or nuance a particular notion of personhood; (3) claims and arguments drawn from philosophical or theological knowledge, which could open up new paths for collaborative work with experimental psychology.

Contributions in English, Spanish, Polish, German, French, Italian, or Portuguese, addressing abovementioned or related topics, may be submitted (after registration) on the journal’s website:

For further information, please contact the editors of the Special Issue at: piotrroszak@umk.pl  

The submission deadline is 31 May 2021.

SET Foundations Is Now Accepting Applications for a Summer 2021 Hybrid Seminar on Causation & Explanation in Science!

SET Foundations has a wonderful opportunity for early and mid-career theologians and philosophers of religion. We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Session 2021More information can be found on our newly redesigned website https://setfoundations.com/summer-session/

In response to COVID-19, the 2021 Summer Seminar will follow a hybrid-regional model. Access to a module containing lectures, readings, and interactive content will be provided to all participants in May. Participants will then meet in one of three synchronous sessions where they will be joined by speakers, theologians, and hosts to engage in discussions of the seminar content and receive feedback on their project proposals. We think this structure is the best chance we have for maintaining some in-person meetings next summer.


About SET Foundations:

Our goal is to connect scholars working in philosophy of religion and theology with recent insights from philosophy of science on topics such as causation, explanation, modeling practices, scientific confirmation, and natural laws. We will offer a variety of opportunities for philosophers of religion and theologians to engage with philosophy of science, and fund research and pedagogical projects that integrate philosophy of science with theology and philosophy of religion.

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2021 Postgraduate Conference – Cities of God: Politics, Theology and Ethics

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2021 Postgraduate Conference will run from
9am-5pm on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Event Description – This year’s postgraduate conference explores how Christianity informs political realities. We welcome submissions from postgraduate students interested in Christian ethics as well as related disciplines such as moral, historical and practical theology, biblical and religious studies, and doctrine.

Our keynotes speakers are Prof Joshua Hordern (University of Oxford) and Prof Wai-luen Kwok (Hong
Kong Baptist University).

Call For Papers

We will consider several different approaches within theological ethics including, but not limited to:

  • How do the affections, worship and desire shape our political life?
  • How might Christianity shape our understanding of the public sphere, suffering, justice, protest and/or civil disobedience?
  • How does moral philosophy intersect with political theology?
  • What role does the Bible have in our political theologies?
  • In what ways can patristic tradition inform political theology today?
  • How does the doctrine of God and Christology inform our political and ethical lives?
  • How do scripture and doctrine critically engage or undergird political visions?
  • Case studies on how Christianity has shaped the ethical outlooks of particular communities.
  • How does Christian Ethics interact with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • Papers related to: economies, feminisms, ecologies and climate issues, gender and sexualities, racialisations, citizenship, migration, place and displacement colonialisms, critical and queer theory, disability studies, medical ethics, technologies and artificial intelligence, fictions and poetics, public scholarship and creative pedagogies.

Details

This year SSCE is partnering with the Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society. Attached to the
submission, please indicate in a short sentence whether you would be willing to have your paper
considered for publication in a special edition of the journal.

The deadline for submission is 11 January 2021. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. To submit
a proposal, please email a 200-300 word abstract to pg-convener @ ssce.org.uk. The conference will run from
9am-5pm on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Registration details: https://www.ssce.org.uk/pg-forums.

CFP: Jonathan Edwards and the Early American Republic: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the Pursuit of Happiness 

While Jonathan Edwards has been crowned “America’s Theologian,” his successors in the early republic can rightly be called American theologians. Known pejoratively as “The New Divinity,” the Edwardsean tradition was a socially-oriented Calvinism, confronting the most controversial and even volatile issues in their infant nation. With the ideas of Edwards and some of the most capable thinkers for their age, the New Divinity became the first indigenous school of Calvinism in American history, shaping the American theological tradition and helping forge the national identity. A volume that examines the influence of America’s theologian on America’s founding would thus fill a gap in historical studies and better explain the development of religious identity in the United States.

The editors of the proposed volume, Jonathan Edwards and the Early American Republic: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the Pursuit of Happiness are seeking chapter contributions of 5000-7000 words. Chapters should focus on the Edwardsean engagement with salient issues in the early American nation. Suggested topics include: political economy and the expansion of trade and/or capitalism; language, epistemology and the organization of knowledge; human rights, and thinking about war and peace; slavery and abolitionism; gender and the church; international relations; the social hierarchy; poverty and the marginal of society; anthropocentrism and ecological dominance; etc. Other related but not listed topics would be welcomed as well. The chapters shall be arranged into thematic sections. Contributors must be Ph.D., or at least ABD. Contributors must use The Chicago Manual of Style and conform to the norms of the Jonathan Edwards Center (see the Jonathan Edwards Studies Journal).

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 December 2020 (300 Words and CV sent to john.lowe.2@louisville.edu and obbie.todd@lutherrice.edu)

Answer to Authors: 1 March 2021

Full Chapters to Submitted: 1 June 2021

Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants in Science and Theology. University of St. Andrews – Upcoming Deadlines 31 Oct. 2020 and 28 Feb. 2021.

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St Andrews has announced two new rounds of course development grants in Science and Theology. This posting is a reminder of the upcoming deadline:

Deadline 31 October 2020 and 28 February 2021 

Our project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We encourage the development of new courses which use empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion. While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with empirical science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants and offer stipends of £2,000.

For full details including how to apply: https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/course-development-grant/.

Important Updates for: “Women and God” Call for Papers (Logia Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference)

PLEASE NOTE THE TWO UPDATES FROM THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:

(a) CFP deadline has been extended to Jan 31, 2021
(b) The corrected email to send papers to is logiatheology @gmail.com


Conference date: Thursday 27th, May 2021
(See conclusion of of posting for submission deadlines and other dates)

Call for Papers

We invite short paper submissions on the theme of “Women and God”. Any student currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme is welcome to apply by submitting a 100-250 word abstract. Topics might include, but are not limited to: Feminist philosophy of religion and theology; Feminist hermeneutics; The life or thought of women in relation to spirituality; Close engagement with female theologians or philosophers; Theological depictions of women in the arts; Questions of religious authority and female bodies; Female-images of the divine or other feminine religious symbols (e.g. the church as the ‘bride of Christ’, Gaia, Uzza, or The Morrίgan); Discussions of religious devotion that have been historically associated with women’s spirituality; The role of women in religious movements.

Call for Respondents

We are also looking for volunteers from female postgraduate students, post-doctorates, or University faculty to be respondents to papers and chair sessions. Respondents can approach us in connection with a prospective author or independently. Those who are submitting papers may volunteer to be a respondent also.

Registration for this conference is free of charge and open to everyone. All inquiries, abstract submissions or volunteer respondents should email: logiatheology at gmail.com

Keynote speakers

Prof Kate Kirkpatrick is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism – especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Her books include, Sartre and Theology, The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought, and most recently Becoming Beauvoir: A Life.

Prof Sabine Hyland is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. Her research involves both 400-year old Spanish manuscripts and travel to remote mountain villages in Central and Southern Peru to meet with native community leaders, local healers and diviners. Her books include, The Chankas and The Priest: A Tale of Murder and Exile in Highland Peru, God of the Andres: An Early Jesuit Account of Inca Religion and Andean Christianity and many more. Prof Sabine also features on the History Channels recent documentary Mankind – The Story of All of Us.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 31st, 2020
Notification of Accepted Papers: February 14th, 2021
Papers to be pre-circulated to Respondents: May 8th, 2021
Conference Date: May 27th, 2021

Logia is an organisation within the St Mary’s Divinity School at the University of St Andrews that seeks to support and promote female scholars. https://logos.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/logia/
Many thanks go to the St Leonards Postgraduate Fund (University of St Andrews) for their generous support of this conference. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pgstudents/stleonards/

CFP: E.J. Lowe’s Metaphysics and Analytic Theology

An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

CALL FOR PAPERS

E. J. LOWE’S METAPHYSICS AND ANALYTIC THEOLOGY


Guest editors
Mihretu P. Guta: Biola University, Addis Ababa University & Azusa Pacific University
Eric LaRock: Oakland University & University of Michigan, Center for Consciousness Science


Edward Jonathan Lowe was one of the most distinguished metaphysicians of the last 50 plus years. He made immense contributions to analytic philosophy in as diverse areas as metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, modern philosophy (especial on John Locke) and philosophy of religion. Lowe was a realist metaphysician. Like Aristotle, he thought that, with sustained reflection and responsible engagement with empirical research, the nature of a mind independent reality can be discovered. In all of this works, Lowe consistently maintained that our common-sense pre-philosophical convictions about reality should not be ignored unless there is a good reason to do so. Even in such cases,
Lowe firmly believed that common-sense should rather be corrected and further enriched in light of relevant empirical discoveries. But Lowe never accepted the idea that, in light of the advancement of science, somehow we should entirely stop our reliance on common-sense in our inquiry into the nature of reality. Partly in defence of this very view, Lowe developed his most influential and highly original work: the four-category ontology. The gist of this work concerns metaphysics as an inquiry into the structure of ultimate reality (taken in general), provides a foundation for natural science. Lowe strongly believed that it is metaphysics not science that can set the terms for what is possible and not possible. Lowe believed that figuring out what actually exists in the natural world falls within the purview of science. On Lowe’s view, metaphysics and science can and should work in synergy, each playing its distinctive role in enhancing our knowledge of a mind independent reality. Lowe extended his realist view of reality to causation, laws of nature, modality, personal identity, logic, language, God’s existence, time and space, human ontology, properties and many other issues. Lowe’s views on ontological issues also have direct implications for issues in philosophical theology as well as philosophy of religion such as incarnation, trinity and divine attributes. One of the things that makes Lowe’s work uniquely suitable to apply to various issues in either philosophical theology or philosophy of religion has to do with its systematic nature. Lowe built an extremely sophisticated ontological
system as shown in his the Four-Category Ontology. In so many ways, Lowe’s highly original ontological system will prove relevant to address questions that arise in philosophical theology. Many contemporary metaphysicians influenced by Lowe’s system also have an interest both in philosophical theology and philosophy of religion, and have integrated elements of Lowe’s metaphysics in their treatment of these questions. Yet, to this date, no attempt has been made to take a general look at how Lowe’s metaphysics relates to various issues in the philosophy of religion. This
is the first attempt to take concrete steps to fill in the existing gap in this regard. To this effect, we would like to invite paper contributions that connect any relevant aspect of Lowe’s work to any issue in philosophical theology or philosophy of religion, especially incarnation, trinity, divine attributes, human agency and divine sovereignty, unified experience and the existence of God, divine causation, divine temporality or atemporality et cetera.

Deadline for submissions: September 30th, 2020


Full papers should be submitted via our website:
https://ojs.uclouvain.be/index.php/theologica/index or sent to:
managingeditor.theologica@gmail.com. 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.

For a brief biography on Lowe’s life and work, click on the link below: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43047040?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

For an extended discussion on Lowe’s work, click the link below:
https://www.iep.utm.edu/lowe-ej/

Yours sincerely,
Mihretu P. Guta & Eric LaRock

The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility

What is the link between creation and redemption? What responsibility do we as humans have in creation, and what practical actions we should take now to glorify Christ and advance his kingdom?


The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture is proud to announce The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility — a Faith + Culture Forum designed to address these important questions.
In conjunction with this conference, we invite submissions of abstracts on topics relevant to the conference’s theme.


To be considered, please submit a title, abstract (no longer than 250 words), and a CV to CFC@sebts.edu by Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Judges will review abstracts and invite full paper submissions by Thursday, October 15, 2020. If your full manuscript is invited, please submit it by Friday, January 1, 2021. Judges will announce three winning papers on Friday, January 15, 2021.


The winning paper will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of the Southeastern Theological Review. The authors of the top three papers will also win cash prizes ($500, $300, and $200, respectively) and receive an invitation to present their papers at the conference (30-35 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q & A).


We invite submissions from current faculty at universities, PhD students and PhD graduates, and current ThM students or those who have graduated with a ThM.

Hope and Death: Christian Responses (Aquinas Center Conference)

Conference at Ave Maria University. Plenary speakers include Romanus Cessario, Michael Dauphinais, Scott Hahn, Matthew Levering, and many more.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has accelerated anxiety about the meaning of death and life and so also the need for thoughtful consideration of the realities of Christian hope. Drawing primarily upon the witness of biblical revelation and its reception and formulation in the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, the conference responds to contemporary questions related to suffering, death, and hope for eternal life. 

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and doctoral students to submit proposals for a 20-minute presentation on topics such as:  biblical and/or Thomistic eschatology; the meaning of suffering and/or death; death and resurrection; hope for eternal life; the virtue of hope in Aquinas; and other themes related to contemporary concerns insider and outside the Church.  Proposals may draw from across the wide range of the Catholic theological tradition with priority given to those engaging Thomas Aquinas and biblical theology. 

The conference will have a hybrid format, including both in-person and virtual components for speakers or attendees who may or may not be able to travel to the campus of Ave Maria University. Proposals should include a presentation title, 150-300-word abstract, a current C.V., and whether you expect to participate in the conference in an in-person or virtual mode.

Proposals are due October 1, 2020; Notification of acceptance will be given by November 1, 2020.

CFP: Wesleyan Theological Society 2021

The 56th Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society will be held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA on March 12-13, 2021. The theme for the meeting is: ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today’s World. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Joel B. Green and the Presidential Address by Dr. Joy J. Moore, Luther Seminary, will offer our two plenary addresses. The Wesleyan Philosophical Society, The Wesleyan Historical Society, and The Wesleyan Liturgical Society will all hold pre-conference meetings. Please make plans to join us for the conference.

Read the full Call for Papers here. Paper proposals are due Oct 1, 2020.

CFP: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice

The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union’s (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021.

The AAR/WR and GTU are excited to organize a robust event, which will include an array of keynote speeches, paper presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions revolving around AAR/WR’s 2021 Conference Theme: “Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice.” The event will also include unique social and networking events for the AAR/WR community.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. For complete information and a full list of the AAR/WR’s 2021 Call for Papers and unit chair contact information, please see this page: https://www.aarwr.com/annual-meetings.html

The AAR/WR is a highly inclusive and diverse region of the American Academy of Religion. The region currently supports twenty-five individual units of the academic study of religion, including: Asian American Religious Studies; Buddhist Studies; Catholic Studies; Christianity; Ecology and Religion; Education and Pedagogy; Ethics; Goddess Studies; Graduate Student Professional Development; Indigenous Religions; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latinx Religions and Spiritualities; Pagan Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology, Culture, and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion and Social Sciences; Religion and the Arts; Religion in America; Religion, Literature, and Film; Religion, Science and Technology; Religions of Asia; Womanist/Pan-African Religions; and Women and Religion.

The AAR/WR furthermore holds three caucus events at its Annual Conference: the Black Caucus, the Queer Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.

Please distribute our Virtual Conference information widely. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing members, new and old, at our March 2021 event with the Graduate Theological Union!

We also understand that this is an uncertain and unprecedented time in our world. We wish everyone healthy and community in these difficult moments.

Best regards,
Executive Committee, American Academy of Religion, Western Region

Call for Papers: Fantasy, Theology, and the Imagination – Due Oct 15, 2020

Call for Papers: Fantasy, Theology, and the Imagination
Edited by Austin M. Freeman, Andrew D. Thrasher, and Fotini Toso

In the world of High Fantasy, authors create fictional worlds that often reflect human religiosity and theological themes in new and creative ways. Through theological and religious analyses of high fantasy and fantasy series, the editors invite paper proposals for a volume on the intersection of fantasy and theology. While the editors acknowledge that fantasy has roots extending backwards past the Victorian age, the genre of high or heroic fantasy has made its most indelible mark from the Twentieth Century to the present. As such, the editors are looking for contributions from this time period with a focus on methodological and thematic approaches to fantasy and theology, and for contributions that focus on the intersection of religion and theology in particular fantasy authors and series. Authors such as Tolkien, Peake, Jordan, Le Guin, Pratchett, Eddison, Rice Burroughs, Alexander, Haggard, Sanders, and more engage in a mythopoeic enterprise which invite discussions along the interstices of literary criticism, philosophy, theology, and religious studies. Such a volume might be wide ranging, and the authors invite chapters which fall into one of three organizational categories listed below.

(1) Methodologies & Approaches: larger scale engagements with the concepts of theology, fantasy, and the imagination, or with major critics of he fantasy genre such as Manlove, Jackson, etc. Topics might include:

  • On Fairy Tales: Contextual Theologies and Classical Fairy Tales
  • Creating Worlds: Ethical, Methodological, and Theological Implications of the Fantasy Creator
  • Worldview, Ressourcement, and Re-enchantment: Traces of Religion in the Purpose o Fantasy
  • Myth and the Social Imaginary: The Intersections between Created Mythologies, Imagined Worlds, and the Contemporary World

(2) Themes: theological explorations of major themes in fantasy such as dragons, quests, heroes, etc. Topics might include:

  • Dragons, Vices, and the Satanic
  • The Quest and the Hero: Narrative Theology and Character/Identity Formation in Fantasy
  • Theological Anthropology and Ethics of Otherness: Deities, Immortality, and Fantastic Creatures
  • Magic, Magick, and Miracles
  • Theology and Hierarchies of Divinity in Fantasy
  • Atheism in Fantasy

(3) Works: focused theological and religious analyses of specific authors and books. Topics might include:

  • Christian Symbolism in The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Moral Theology in The Lord of the Rings
  • Theology, Apologetics, and Modernity in the Fantasy and Fairy Tales of William Morris and George Macdonald
  • Inter-Religious Dimensions in Robert Jordan and David Eddings
  • Theological dimensions of Dungeons and Dragons
  • Theological analyses of Jorge Luis Borges, Ursula Le Guin, Eric Eddison, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Brandon Sanderson, and Terry Pratchett


The editors are not looking for submissions on the subjects of teen fiction, supernatural romance, Harry Potter (see forthcoming volume), or Game of Thrones (see forthcoming volume). Because of the overabundance of literature, the editors wish to downplay work on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien so that lesser known and more contemporary fantasy may be addressed. However, the editors do welcome submissions of quality on these two authors. The editors gladly invite submissions on, but not limited to, these topics for a volume titled Theology, Fantasy, and the Imagination to be published by Lexington Press in the Theology and Popular Culture book series. Book editors include Austin M. Freeman, Andrew D. Thrasher, and Fotini Toso. Proposals may be sent to Fantasyandtheology@gmail.com.

Proposal Due Date: October 15, 2020.
Chapter Submission Due: March 15, 2021.

Austin M. Freeman (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a theologian who focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien and, more broadly, on theology and fantasy. He is the contributor or editor for several scholarly books on these subjects, and the author of a forthcoming study on Tolkien’s systematic theology published by Lexham Press. He teaches medieval literature and classics in
Dallas.

Andrew D. Thrasher is a Post-Graduate Researcher at the University of Birmingham, U.K. and teaches religious studies at George Mason University and Tidewater Community College in Virginia. He holds a ThM in Christian Theology and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and has a background in comparative philosophy and philosophical theology. He is a regular contributor to the Theology and Popular Culture book series and is published in a festshrift on Raimon Panikkar.

Fotini Toso (PhD, University of Divinity Australia) is an early career researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a research focus in Old English literature, theology and literature, pop culture, and ethics. She holds an MA (Research) in English Literature from the University of Melbourne and
also has a background in publishing and editing.

CFP: Christ Among the Disciplines

Call for papers from the “Christ Among the Disciplines” Conference


After a few short days, we have gathered together a star-studded lineup of scholars who will be speaking at the conference. That being said, a few panels still need to be finalized, and we are thus opening up a “Call for Papers.”As such, anyone who is a postdoctoral researcher or above is encouraged to get in touch in order to participate in the conference in one of two capacities: (1) as a participant on one of the book panels, or (2) as a speaker in a break-away session on one of the various topics identified below.If you are interested in participating in one of the book panels, please apply here.

If you are interested in presenting in a break-away session, please apply here.

Note: We will consider publishing the papers submitted for the break-away sessions, which need to be finalized and submitted by October 15th, 2020.


Panels needing finalized:

  • Matthew Novenson, The Grammar of Messianism

  • J. R. Daniel Kirk, A Man Attested by God

  • Chris Tilling, Paul’s Divine Christology

  • Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel

  • Rowan Williams, Christ the Heart of Creation

  • Natalie Carnes, Image and Presence

  • Timothy Pawl, In Defense of Conciliar Christology

  • Thomas Joseph White, The Incarnate Lord

  • Ian McFarland, The Word Made Flesh

  • Kathryn Tanner, Christ the Key

  • Darren Sumner, Karl Barth and the Incarnation

  • Dong-Kun Kim, The Future of Christology

  • Joerg Rieger, Jesus vs. Caesar

  • Richard Cross, Communicatio Idiomatum

  • Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion


Break-away session topics:

  1. Jesus Who?

  2. The Grammar of Christology

  3. The Jesus of History and the Task of Christology

  4. The Subject of Election

  5. Dialectical vs. Analytic Christology

  6. Conciliar Orthodoxy?

  7. The genus tapeinoticon


1. Jesus Who?

  • One of the biggest difficulties facing those who would like to enter into the realm of christological discourse centers on the question of what precisely we mean when we employ the word “Jesus.” Are we intending to refer to the psychosomatic entity who lived some two thousand years ago in and around Palestine? Or perhaps we have in view the various literary portraits of the central figure of the New Testament corpus? Or maybe we are calling to mind the metaphysical framework of the Chalcedonian Definition, not least of which includes the transcendental category of hypostasis that is not to be reduced to, or equated with, the assumed human nature? Whatever the case may be, lack of clarity about what precisely we want to denote and connote when invoking the word “Jesus” has and continues to create confusion amongst those in the inherently interdisciplinary sphere commonly referred to as Christology. Bearing that in mind, those who would like to respond to this prompt will be tasked with the responsibility of creating and explaining a detailed taxonomy about the various ways in which the word “Jesus” might reasonably be employed. Three possibilities present themselves:

    • (1) Jesus and History

      • Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with creating and explaining a detailed taxonomy that might distinguish between, amongst other things: (1) the actual Jesus of history; (2) the perceptions of Jesus as he was encountered in history; (3) the memories about Jesus amongst those who encountered him (or learned of him); (4) the risen/ascended/exalted Jesus, the one who served as the basis of early Christian faith; (5) Jesus as he was “re-remembered” (for lack of a better word) in the light of one’s belief in his resurrection/ascension/exaltation; (6) the Jesus of history as documented (however accurately) in the extant textual evidence; and (7) the historical Jesus as reconstructed by historians.

      • Particular attention should be given to which of the above might or might not be in view when we say things such as “Jesus foresaw (or did not foresee) his impending passion,” or “Jesus grew in knowledge and understanding,” or “Jesus knew (or did not know) that he was the messiah,” or “Jesus knew (or did not know) that he was God the second person of the Trinity,” or “Jesus encountered Saul on the Damascus road.”

    • (2) Jesus and Metaphysics

      • Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with creating and explaining a detailed taxonomy that might distinguish between, amongst other things, whether “Jesus” might refer to: (1) the human nature alone (whether conceived in concrete or abstract terms); (2) the hypostasis / “person” alone (whether conceived as a “divine person” or a “divine-human person”); (3) the hypostasis / “person” and the human nature (whether conceived as a “divine person and a concrete/abstract human nature” or a “divine-human person and a concrete/abstract human nature”); or (4) the hypostasis / person and the human nature and the divine nature.

      • Particular attention should be given to which of the above might or might not be in view when we say thing such as “Jesus is the subject of election” (à la Barth), or “Jesus created the world,” or “Jesus was born of Mary,” or “Jesus suffered and died and rose on the third day.”

    • (3) Jesus, History, and Metaphysics

      • Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with creating and explaining a detailed taxonomy that coherently organizes and addresses both of the above two prompts. Particular attention should be given to answering the following: what might we mean when we say that “the infant Jesus did (or did not) know that he was God the second person of the Trinity,” or that “Jesus experienced temptation,” or that “Jesus was (or was not) able to sin,” or that “Jesus did (or did not) raise himself from the dead”?

2. The Grammar of Christology

  • Much of the debates surrounding contemporary christological discourse center on a number of technical distinctions made between (e.g.) the Logos asarkos and Logos ensarkos, the Logos incarnandus and the Logos incarnatus, the humanitas Christi and the extra Calvinisticum, etc. Indeed, at issue in these debates concerns nothing less than the identity of the eternal Word of God, the agent of creation, the nature of the incarnation, one’s understanding of the sacraments, and much besides. Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with the responsibility of carefully defining (perhaps amongst others) the following terms and assessing their suitability (or lack thereof) for christological reflection:

    • (a) The eternal Logos

    • (b) The Logos asarkos

    • (c) The Logos incarnandus

    • (d) The Logos ensarkos / Logos incarnatus

    • (e) The humanitas Christi

    • (f) The extra Calvinisticum

    • (g) The resurrected Jesus

    • (h) The ubiquitous Jesus

    • (i) The glorified Jesus

    • (j) The totus Christus

  • Particular attention should be given to questions like the following: Can we narrate the “life of the Logos,” moving forward, as it were, from the eternal Logos, to the Logos incarnandus, to the Logos ensarkos, to the resurrected Jesus, to the ubiquitous Jesus, to the glorified Jesus? Or is the attempt to narrate the “life of the second person of the Trinity” in these terms inherently problematic? What use, if any, may be found in appeals to the so-called extra Calvinisticum? Of which of the above may it rightly be said to have been the subject of election, the Creator of the world, born of Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, died, rose again, and will come again in glory? Which of the above must not be in view?

3. The Jesus of History and the Task of Christology

  • Cast against the backdrop of the ever-widening “ugly, broad ditch” between the disciplines of history, exegesis, and theology, the question of the significance of the Jesus of history for the task of theology is as relevant today as it has ever been. Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with addressing the following:

    • (1) What is the relationship between the lived history of the man Jesus of Nazareth and divine revelation?

    • (2) What is the relationship between the historical study of the man Jesus of Nazareth and the task of Christology?

    • (3) What is the relationship between the historical-critical study of the Gospel portraits of Jesus and the task of Christology?

  • Particular attention should be given not only to the intellectual context in which the gulf between biblical studies and theology originated, but also to the concerns for clarity identified in prompts (1) and (2) above. Indeed, respondents should consider it prerequisite to attend to prompt #1 (“Jesus Who?”) in particular when approaching this subject. Cf. Sarah Coakley, Christ without Absolutes, and N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, if additional dialogue partners are needed.

4. The Subject of Election

  • Much ink has been spilled over Bruce McCormack’s controversial proposal that Barth’s revised doctrine of election in Church Dogmatics II/2 constituted a significant shift in Barth’s understanding of the Trinity. While many are willing to concede that Barth’s account offers a compelling alternative to the decretum absolutum (“absolute decree”) of the Calvinistic doctrine of double predestination, not everyone is comfortable with how McCormack interprets Barth’s notion that Jesus is not only the object of election — the one in whom God’s salvific judgment is enacted — but also its eternal subject. Many critics suggest that McCormack’s reading is problematic not only insofar as it purports to be an accurate interpretation of Barth, but also because it supposedly compromises God’s aseity, infringes upon God’s freedom, undermines the gratuity of God’s grace, and entails what the philosophers refer to as “modal collapse” wherein everything that might appear to be contingently true (i.e., creation, reconciliation, and redemption) is in fact necessarily true. If Jesus were essential to the identity of God, then God’s existence would in some sense be bound up with the existence of the world in which Jesus lived, thereby making creation necessary and thwarting God’s freedom to be otherwise. Or so the critics seem to suggest. Be that as it may, respondents to this prompt will be tasked with assessing McCormack’s proposal in dialogue with the argument in Ian McFarland’s latest book, The Word Made Flesh.

  • Particular attention should be given not only to McFarland’s explicit references to McCormack on pp. 30n14 and 87n42, but also to the concerns for clarity identified in prompts (1) and (2) above. Indeed, respondents should consider it prerequisite to attend to prompt #2 (“The Grammar of Christology”) in particular when approaching this subject. Cf. Michael T. Dempsey (ed.), Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology if additional dialogue partners are needed.

5. Dialectical vs. Analytic Christology

  • In recent years, two distinct schools of thought have been acquiring greater prominence: (1) “dialectical” theology; and (2) “analytic” theology. Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with assessing the viability (or otherwise) of these two schools of thought insofar as they impinge upon the task of Christology.

  • Particular attention should be given to the presuppositions, tools, methods, and goals of the respective schools of thought, along with an assessment of their relative significance (or otherwise) for theological reflection.

6. Conciliar Orthodoxy?

  • The question as to the nature of “conciliar orthodoxy” has proved relevant as of late, and attempts to answer this question have varied to a great extent largely dependent upon whether or not one has a preference for historical theology on the one hand, or systematic theology on the other. Respondents to this prompt will be tasked with addressing some (or all) of the following:

    • (1) Is there such a thing as “conciliar orthodoxy”?

      • On this point see, inter alia, Timothy Pawl, In Defense of Conciliar Orthodoxy (2016), and Virginia Burrus, “History, Theology, Orthodoxy, Polydoxy,” in Modern Theology (2014).

    • (2) In what ways might certain aspects of “conciliar orthodoxy” (if there be such a thing) stand at odds with (or in harmony with) various christological impulses in the New Testament?

      • On this point, consider addressing, amongst others, claims from Leo’s Tome, Maximus the Confessor on dyothelitism, and the conciliar commitment to Mary’s perpetual virginity.

    • (3) If “conciliar orthodoxy” is, as Richard Bauckham argues, a conceptual translation of the early high Christology of the New Testament into the idiom of Greek metaphysics, then what hope might there be for the Christian kerygma to be translated into different conceptual categories? Is this something that the Church ought to pursue, or is a retrenchment to patristic sources the best way forward for contemporary theology?

7. The genus tapeinoticon

  • Questions remain as to the compatibility of Martin Luther’s Christology and that of the Chalcedonian Definition. Is Luther best understood as the precursor to the modern endorsement of divine passibility, or simply an extension of his late medieval context? Whatever the case may be, multiple scholars on Luther’s theology have noted his unique understanding of the communicatio idiomatum (“communication of the attributes”), moving beyond a mere communication of divine and human attributes to his person, but instead to a sharing (in some sense) of certain attributes among the two natures. This becomes prominent, of course, in the Eucharistic debates wherein the genus maiestaticum (“genus of majestic”) is employed by some Lutherans to secure the ubiquity of Jesus’ humanity on the basis of a communication of attributes from the divine to the human nature. Respondents to this prompt, however, will focus their attention instead on the logical possibility of (what is now known as) the genus tapeinoticon (“genus of humility”) as it might or might not appear in Luther’s later Christology. It is our hope to have essays representing both sides of the debate — both with regard to Luther could rightly be said to have adopted the genus tapeinoticon and with regard to the viability of the genus tapeinoticon.

  • Particular attention should be given not only to David Congdon’s essay, “Nova Lingua Dei: The Problem of Chalcedonian Metaphysics and the Promise of the Genus Tapeinoticon in Luther’s Later Theology,” but also to the concerns for clarity identified in prompts (1) and (2) above. Indeed, respondents should consider it prerequisite to attend to prompt #2 (“The Grammar of Christology”) in particular when approaching this subject.


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Apply to be a panelist.

As indicated above, we are still in the process of finalizing the participants in the book panels that we are planning. If you would like to serve as a panelist, please apply at the below link!

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Apply for a break-away session.

Per the above discussion, we have opened up a “Call for Papers” for break-away sessions to discuss various topics relevant to the task of Christology. If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please apply at the below link!

Open Theology Issues an Invitation for Edited Volume Proposals; Deadline October 2020.

The Open Theology journal invites groups of researchers, conference organizers and individual scholars to submit their proposals of edited volumes to be considered as topical issues of the journal for 2021.

Proposals will be collected by October 31, 2020.

To submit your proposal please contact Dr Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com


Prior topical issues have included:

2015:
* Violence of Non-Violence (ed. Michael Jerryson and Margo Kitts)
* Manichaeism – New Historical and Philological Studies (ed. John C. Reeves)
* In Search of a Contemporary World View: Contrasting Thomistic and Whiteheadian Approaches (ed. Joseph Bracken)
* Science and/or Religion: a 21st Century Debate (ed. Shiva Khalili and Fraser Watts)

2016:
* Cognitive Science of Religion (ed. Jason Marsh)
* Is Transreligious Theology Possible? (ed. Jerry L. Martin)
* Psychotherapy and Religious Values (ed. P. Scott Richards)
* Bible Translation (ed. Mark L. Strauss)
* Religious Recognition (ed. Heikki Koskinen, Ritva Palmen and Risto Saarinen)
* Religion and Race (ed. Daniel White Hodge)

2017:
* Multiple Religious Belonging (ed. Manuela Kalsky and Andre van der Braak)
* Phenomenology of Religious Experience (ed. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Courtenay Crouch)
* Analytic Perspectives on Method and Authority in Theology (ed. Joshua Farris and James Arcadi)
* Alternative Religiosities in Soviet Union and Communist East-Central Europe (ed. Rasa Pranskeviciute and Eagle Aleknaite)

2018:
* Cognitive Linguistics and Theology (ed. John Sanders)
* Intersubjectivity and Reciprocal Causality within Contemporary Understanding of the God-World Relationship (ed. Joseph A. Bracken)
* Rethinking Reformation (ed. Niels Henrik Gregersen and Bo Kristian Holm)
* Religion in Latin America: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives (ed. Charles Taliaferro, Marciano Adilio Spica, and Agnaldo Cuoco Portugal)
* Phenomenology of Religious Experience II: Perspectives in Theology (ed. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz and Martin Nitsche)
* Recognizing Encounters with Ultimacy Across Religious Boundaries (ed. Jerry L. Martin)

2019:
* Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology (ed. Claire Clivaz and Garrick Allen)
* Phenomenology of Religious Experience III: Visuality, Imagination, and the Lifeworld (ed. Martin Nitsche and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz)
* Existential and Phenomenological Conceptions of the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology (ed. Nikolaas Deketelaere, Elizabeth Li, and Steven DeLay)

2020 (in progress):

* Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World (ed. Zanne Domoney-Lyttle and Sarah Nicholson)
* Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Theological Thought about Evil (ed. John Culp)
* Motherhood(s) and Religions (ed. Giulia Pedrucci)
* Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description (ed. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, Aaron Preston and James Nelson)

Bavinck Centenary Conference – July 5-6, 2021 – Brisbane School of Theology.

To mark the centenary of the death of Dutch theologian and statesman, Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), Brisbane School of Theology will be convening a two-day conference. Five plenary sessions will examine the contours of Bavinck’s theology, two roundtables will consider Bavinck’s relevance for contemporary Christianity, and short papers will address various aspects of Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy.

PLENARY SESSIONS

  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Use of Scripture’ Koert van Bekkum, Kampen Theological University
  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Appropriation of Reformed Sources’ Henk van den Belt, Free University of Amsterdam
  • ‘Herman Bavinck’s Use of Philosophy’ Oliver Crisp, University of St Andrews
  • ‘Herman Bavinck as a Trinitarian Theologian’ Graham Cole, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • ‘Herman Bavinck as a Politician’ James Eglinton, University of Edinburgh

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline: 7 December, 2020 – Brisbane School of Theology invites proposals for short papers (30 minutes) addressing any aspect of Herman Bavinck’s life, thought, and legacy. Please send an abstract of 500 words to the email address below, indicating institutional affiliation.

Rev Dr Bruce Pass, Lecturer in Christian Thought and History
& Director of Postgraduate Studies
Brisbane School of Theology

bpass@bst.qld.edu.au

REGISTRATION (Closes 18 June, 2021)

  • Earlybird registrationCost: $200 – (before 7 February 2021) includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Full ticket priceCost: $250 – includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Full-time StudentCost: $100 – includes lunches on both days and dinner on 5 July.
  • Closing Dinner (Optional Extra)Cost: $50 – With Plenary Speakers on 6 July.

See website for registration links.

ACCOMMODATION – Click here for official conference webpage and accommodation links.

[This posting was reduplicated from from the official posting – here on the BST website. ]