Category: Call For Papers

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 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.

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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:

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

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

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

Prior topical issues have included:

* 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)

* 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)

* 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)

* 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)

* 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.


  • ‘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


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

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. ]

Call for Papers: Upcoming Online Resource in Science and Theology. The University of St Andrews. Deadline 15/09/2020

The Science-Engaged Theology Project (University of St Andrews) is creating an online resource to advance the studies on the interrelationship between science and theology

We invite submissions that bring scientific and theological subdisciplines into constructive conversations. Some illustrative examples are: moral theology and geneticspneumatology and developmental psychologytheological anthropology and bioethicsecclesiology and cognitive science, etc.

We encourage submissions from all religious traditions.

Authors receive £950 upon publication. Entries are peer-reviewed.

These articles will be useful discussion points for undergraduate and postgraduate teachers, as well as important research contributions in their own right. This will be free-to-access. 

For more information, please go to:”

CFP: Society for the Study of Christian Ethics 2020 Conference

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SSCE Committee has decided that the ‘Bible and Christian Ethics’ conference due to take place in
September 2020 will be postponed until 8-10 September, 2022. It is intended that the 2021 Conference will run as planned. Please see
the 2021 Conference page and 2022 Conference page for more information on these future events.

In lieu of the postponed full conference, we are pleased to announce that SSCE 2020 will comprise a single-day series of online seminars
and an online AGM on Friday 11th September 2020. Please see the Conference Information page for further information as it appears,
and the Call for Papers page for details of the seminar themes and how to propose a short paper presentation.



  The Society for the Study of Christian Ethics:

  • holds an annual conference which attracts leading scholars and practitioners from academia, politics, the church and society
    throughout the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and the United States;
  • sponsors the leading scholarly journal Studies in Christian Ethics, published quarterly;
  • sponsors a postgraduate forum with regular conferences and support for PhD students;
  • and maintains a database of members and their interests, enabling others to identify colleagues who are working in areas
    similar to their own.

  The objectives of the Society:

  • to encourage and further the study of Christian ethics in its practical and theoretical aspects;
  • to strengthen the teaching and learning of ethics as an academic discipline;
  • to encourage serious ethical thinking and discussion in the life of churches;
  • to foster the exercise of Christian social responsibility;
  • to hold a Conference and at least one General Meeting of the Society in each calendar year


  • We welcome the participation of those who are share these objectives. Join the society and become a member to be kept
    informed of our news and events, or attend the annual conference. The full constitution of the Society is also available.
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World Evangelical Alliance’s “Evangelical Review of Theology” becoming open access

WEA launching free online journal


The World Evangelical Alliance’s quarterly Evangelical Review of Theology (ERT), now in its 44th year, will become a free electronic publication beginning with its August 2020 edition. ERT hopes to greatly broaden its audience and make a significant contribution to global Christian discourse by publishing high-quality articles for a general readership on topics of contemporary relevance.
Among the WEA-associated authors anticipated in the August issue are:
• Associate Secretary General Thomas Schirrmacher
• Bambang Budijanto, head of the Asia Evangelical Alliance and founder of the Bilangan
Research Center (Indonesia’s parallel to the Barna Research Group in the US)
• Senior theological advisor Thomas K. Johnson, who is leading a collaborative effort between evangelicals and humanitarian Muslims to counter radical elements of both Islam and secularism
• Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
• Chris Elisara, head of the WEA’s Creation Care Task Force
To become a subscriber, send an e-mail to ERT and Theological News editor Bruce Barron at with ‘ERT subscription’ in the subject line, giving your name, e-mail address, country and (optional) institution. Article submissions or suggestions are also welcome. We encourage you to invite colleagues in your networks to subscribe as well. Contact Bruce for more information or an e-mail invitation to share.
See: Theological News 49.2 (2020)

Theologica Call for Papers on Theological Explorations in Time and Space (Deadline: May 31, 2020)

R.T. Mullins (University of St Andrews) David Anzalone (University of Lucerne) Ben Page (Durham University) With the cooperation of the Society for Philosophy of Time  have issued a call for papers in regards to a special issue in Theologica an International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology:


In 1969, T.F. Torrance published Space, Time, and Incarnation. This brought together recent work in philosophy and science on the nature of space and time in order to explore the implications for theology. Torrance’s theology engaged with the scientific thought of Albert Einstein and James Clerk Maxwell, as well as the temporal logic of A.N. Prior. The influence of this work on subsequent theology cannot be overstated. Yet, a great deal has changed since 1969, and most contemporary discussions in theology show little awareness of recent advancements in the metaphysics of time and space. The field of analytic theology has started to make progress in these areas, but much work remains to be done. 

We invite papers that offer a theological or religious engagement with philosophical issues related to time and space. Papers can be from any religious, theological, or atheological tradition. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 

1) God’s relationship to time and space. Defences of traditional understandings of timelessness and omnipresence using recent work in temporal ontology, such as the moving spotlight. Alternative models of the God-world relationship that engage with the metaphysics of time and space.
2) Divine foreknowledge, providence, and temporal logic. This could include theological explorations of the open or closed future, or alternative ontologies such as fragmentalism.
3) Religious perspectives on personal identity over time. Papers could include discussions on the doctrines of the resurrection, salvation and enlightenment, Samsāra, and eschatology.
4) Theological explorations of hypertime and hyperspace.
5) Time, space, and the incarnation. 
6) Does time have a beginning? Papers could debate rival doctrines of creation, the kalpas, or Sunyata. 

Deadline for submissions: May 31st 2020. 

Full papers should be submitted via our website: or sent to: 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. 

Yours sincerely, 

R.T. Mullins, David Anzalone, and Ben Page 

Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants in Science and Theology. University of St Andrews – Deadline 30 June, 2020.

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St. Andrews has announced a new round of course development grants in Science and Theology.

Deadline 30 June 2020. 

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.

More information can be found here:“.

Call for Papers – EJPR Special Issue: The Philosophy & Theology of Karl Christian Friedrich Krause

GUEST EDITORS: Benedikt Paul Göcke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Claus Dierksmeier (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen ), Ricardo Burgos (Universidad Pontificia Comillas)

DESCRIPTION: Up to date many Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin-American philosophers esteem Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781-1832) as the progenitor of a socially progressive cosmopolitanism with important lessons for today. Expanding and combining the Kantian project of a self-critical philosophy of freedom and a Spinozistic monistic metaphysics, Krause arrived at an inclusive and liberal panentheistic system of philosophy, which not only combines classical theism and pantheism, but, due to the divinity of the whole of reality, is directed to any and all persons. From this angle, Krause already considers – at the outset of the 19th century – issues such as the legal representation of unborn children, minors, the disabled, disenfranchised peoples, and future generations. Moreover, based on his panentheism, Krause argued also for applying the concept of personhood and certain concomitant rights to animals. Last, not least, concerning plants and inorganic matter, Krause advocated for policies of ecological sustainability that were to safeguard an intact environment not only for present but also for future generations.

Despite this impressive array of positions and apart from the acknowledged fact that Krause introduced the term “panentheism”, Krause’s philosophy and theology is met with neglect in the Anglophone world. But even in his homeland, Germany, his philosophy is often set aside, although to both Immanuel Hermann Fichte and Nicolai Hartmann it was evident that Krause’s work belonged to the highlights of classical German philosophy. Since Krause, who directly influenced Arthur Schopenhauer and developed a Begriffsschrift long before Gottlob Frege did (and one very similar to it), is still understudied in the German and English speaking world, this special issue aims to reengage with his thinking through systematic and historic reflections on the validity and genesis of the philosophy and theology of Karl Christian Friedrich Krause.


We invite the submission of papers focusing on Krause’s philosophy of religion and systematic theology but not restricted to topics such as:

  • Panentheism: Krause developed the first explicitly panentheistic system of philosophy based on transcendental reflection.
  • Krause and Classical German Philosophy: Krause provided insightful critiques of the theological works of Schelling, Fichte, Hegel, Jacobi, Schleiermacher etc..
  • Interreligious Thinking: Krause mediates between agnostic/atheistic schools of thought and theistic/pantheistic world views with his own panentheistic metaphysics.
  • Transculturality: Krause’s philosophy is based on intercultural and religious studies (e.g. on the wisdom traditions and religious writings of India and China) and migrated from Germany to the Iberophone world, where it shaped constitutional law, economic policy and social systems from about 1860 until today, especially in Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Cosmopolitanism: Based on his theological panentheism, Krause advocated a theory of world citizenship rights, which he concretized formally (through model constitutions for a European Union and a League of Nations) as well as materially (compensation for colonial injustice and common ownership of the earth, etc.).
  • Methodological Innovation: Krause advocated a “constructive” combination of descriptive and normative methods in science, and in philosophy of religion in particular. His approach is also participative-dialogical and integrative towards marginalized interests.
  • Theology and Ethics of Diversity: Methodological inclusion led to substantial inclusiveness. As early as 1803, Krause fought for the rights of women and children, of unborn life, of senile persons and people with disabilities, of future generations and, not least, for animal rights.


Deadline for submission: April 30, 2021
Deadline for paper reviews: June 30, 2021
Deadline for submission of revised papers: August 30, 2021
Notice of acceptance/rejection: November 30, 2021


All papers will be subject to double-blind peer-review, following international standard practices. Manuscripts should be submitted exclusively through EJPR’s online submission system in the category “articles”. Articles must be in English with a maximum word count of 8.000, including title, abstract and references. The author must then select the special article type: “Karl Christian Friedrich Krause” from the selection provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editors. All relevant information regarding the registration and submission process and the author guidelines are to be found here: For any further information please contact: Benedikt Paul Göcke (

CFP: The Jonathan Edwards Miscellanies Companion, Volume 2

Call for Papers: The Miscellanies Companion, Volume 2

Call for Submissions

Students and scholars are now invited to contribute essays for publication in The Miscellanies Companion, Volume 2, Foreword by Kenneth P. Minkema, Executive Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Click here for details about the previous Miscellanies Companion.

Participants in this project must have at minimum a master’s degree in history, theology, philosophy, religious studies, literature, or related fields, or be able to demonstrate their qualifications to contribute to the project.

Topic Selection

The first step for contributors will be identifying their topics of interest.

  • Peruse the Table to the Miscellanies for subjects of interest.
  • Select a topic (not the Miscellanies numbers).
  • Complete the submission form.
  • Upon approval, contributors will be contacted with next steps and essay guidelines.

For more information see here: 

CFP: Christian Theology in the Midst of COVID-19 – Society for the Study of Theology

Christian Theology in the Midst of COVID-19
Online conference: Wednesday 17th June, 12:00-18:00 British Summer Time

Invitation and call for papers

It is planned that the conference will take place online on Wednesday 17th June from 12:00 to 18:00 British Summer time. Details of the online platform to be used will be confirmed later.

This online conference is an attempt to stimulate some initial theological reflection on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Topics for discussion could include: reading the Scriptures in a time of pandemic; historical Christian responses to plagues and pandemics; divine providence, justice and mercy in relation to COVID-19; politics, economics and the common good; ecclesiology, liturgy, worship and mission; ethical questions; questions about trauma, suffering and loss; how to resource the churches’ responses.

Proposals for papers of up to 3,000 words are invited on any of the topics outlined above, or others related to the theme. Since this is an initial exercise in theological reflection, it is recognised that papers might present first thoughts rather than definitive conclusions about the topics addressed. However, academic rigour and potential to make a valuable contribution to the discussion will nonetheless be the criteria used to selecting papers for presentation.

It is anticipated that each paper will have a 30-40 minute time slot. The presenter will have up to 10 minutes to give a brief introduction to the paper, and the remainder of the time will be for discussion. Papers will be circulated to all participants one week before the conference, and presenters should therefore submit them two weeks before the conference date (i.e. by 3rd June).

To submit a paper proposal, please e-mail an abstract of up to 250 words by Thursday 30th April to the organiser, Prof. Neil Messer:

To register for the conference, please send your name and email address by Wednesday 27th May

For full details, please follow this link.

Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present, and Future

From SCP:

September 22–24, 2020
Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland

We are happy to invite you to the conference organized by Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow. We hope that you may find it inspiring. Please see the Call For Papers below:

The conference is addressed to the representatives of Christian Philosophy, and researchers who are inspired by it. Two thousand years ago, when Christianity encountered Greek and Roman philosophy, Christian thought was born. This encounter, as John Paul II noticed (Fides et ratio, IV.38), was “neither straight-forward nor immediate”. It was also based on the presupposition that synthesis of faith and reason is not only possible, more so, necessary. Many contemporary thinkers, even if they not declare themselves as Christians or religious believers, who examine philosophical problems and search the truth, seem to be open to this mystery, which is experienced by faith.

In our Academy, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, we develop Christian Philosophy since 1867—that is to say, we participate in long and rich tradition of philosophizing. This tradition will be continued and developed, if only Christian Philosophy will be able to respond to contemporary philosophical, ethical and social problems. During the conference, we will also present the results of four-year research project, funded by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which conducted by our colleagues.

We invite proposals that address the problems of Christian Philosophy. We are particularly interested in the following topics and questions, but any research on the conference theme is welcome.

Main problems and questions worth considering
•       What is a Christian Philosophy?
•       Methods of practicing Christian Philosophy
•       Faith & Reason – how this relationship was understood throughout the ages and how should we understand it today?
•       Interaction of Christian Philosophy with different paradigms of philosophy and religions
•       Great Christian Philosophers
•       Can Christianity provide a creative inspiration to solve the problems of philosophy?

Proposal Requirements
Proposal Submission: Please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper (in PDF format) by April 20. Link to submission will be enabled on March 1.

Language: we accept proposals in English exclusively.

Fees: TBA

How to Submit: Please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper (in PDF format) by March 31. Submissions will be handled through the online form, which will be available from March 1. The link to the form will be included on our website. Please follow our Facebook profile (Christian Philosophy Conference), and Twitter (@christianphilo4) to be in touch. Each accepted presentation should not exceed a 20-minute time slot. There will be maximum 20 mins for a talk, and minimum 10 mins for a discussion afterwards.

Keynote speakers
·       Robert Alexander Pruss, Baylor University, Texas, USA
·       Ted Peters, Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, USA
·       John Hittinger, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, USA

The conference is open to the public. Speakers will be charged with the costs of conference (materials, dinner, etc.)—the exact fee will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Thus, we invite you to attend, regardless of whether or not you are presenting. However, we will have limited space, so please register for the conference, so we know that you are coming. Starting May 1, you will be able to register via online form. The deadline for registering is June 30, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact the conference secretary at

After the conference we plan to publish a special issue in a philosophical journal with the articles based on the conference speeches. The speakers are encouraged to prepare a paper (up to 15,000 words) and submit it by December 31. Each article goes through the process of double-blind peer review. Forum Philosophicum, international journal for philosophy, has already agreed to publish a special issue in 2021 including the materials from the conference, though we are also open to the collaboration with other journals.

·       Submission of Proposals: March 1—31, 2020
·       Notification of Acceptance: April 30, 2020
·       Registration Deadline: June 30, 2020
·       Conference Dates: September 22–24, 2020
·       Paper Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020
More information on our website:


CFP: London School of Theology Research Conference 2020

From LST:

We are delighted to announce that Dr Andrew M. Steane, co-author of the book It Keeps Me Seeking, will be the Guest Speaker at the 2020 LST Research Conference.

Dr Steane is a Professor of Physics (Atomic and Laser) at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College. His research is focused on the nature of quantum mechanics. He is an author of many books, amongst them a book that explores role of science in religion.

Proposals for papers, including from graduate students, are invited to besubmitted by Thursday 5th March. Notification of acceptance will be given by Tuesday 10th March.

Although proposals from all areas of theological research are welcome, those closest to the theme of the conference will be given preference.

All proposals should be submitted with an abstract of not less than 200 and not more than 300 words.

Students may be asked to provide a full text of their paper by Tuesday 10th March for a decision by Tuesday 17th March.

Student papers are not to exceed 25 minutes. Other papers are not to exceed 45 minutes. All papers will be followed by a discussion.

For more information see:

University of St. Andrews – Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants in Science and Theology

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St. Andrews has announced a call for course proposals in Science and Theology.

Deadline 29 February. 

The 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 behavioral science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants.

Full information about the Course Development Grants can be found here:”

Theology & Pop Culture Series CPF: Theology & H.P. Lovecraft

Click here for this CFP: Call for Papers: Theology and H.P. Lovecraft
(For more on the larger “Theology & Popular Culture” series by Lexington Books / Fortress Academic, click here.)

Cosmic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is the paragon of atheistic nihilism in fiction. For many, Lovecraft is diametrically opposed to everything most fundamental to Christianity, and the only way we might fruitfully engage with Lovecraft’s thought would be to categorically reject it. What hath Arkham to do with Jerusalem? But this volume will explore Lovecraft’s fiction and philosophy from the perspective of Christian faith, exploring ways in which Lovecraft’s extreme positions can helpfully illuminate the distinctives of Christian theology, through both agreement and disagreement. Even if Lovecraft’s sombre vision of the universe cannot be aligned with Christianity, Christian scholars may still value his contributions as those of a Hume or a Nietzsche–a respectable opponent who can sharpen thought and cast new light upon doctrine by way of polemical debate. And if, as is possible, Lovecraft represents a uniquely American, 20th-Century perspective on life and society, then it is even more incumbent upon theologians to attend to him.

The overarching task of the volume will be to show how Lovecraft can sharpen theological discourse, and to explain what so many theologians find appealing in Lovecraft’s corpus. The editor is looking for chapter contributions that deal directly with Lovecraft and the themes he broaches in some specific and circumscribed way. General or diffuse proposals will not be considered. The theological element need not be Christian, but the majority of the chapters will approach the subject from this angle. This is a scholarly project and all writers are expected to engage with the secondary literature as well as the primary texts.

 Possible topics include:

  • Lovecraft and Apologetics
  • Lovecraft’s Anti-theological Aesthetics and the Argument from Ugliness
  • Lovecraft, Nietzsche, the New Science, and the Death of God
  • Lovecraft and the Bible
  • Lovecraft and a Theology of Race
  • Depictions of Cult and cultus
  • Lovecraft and the Transcendentals
  • Lovecraft’s Appropriation of the ANE
  • Lovecraft and Theological Anthropology–The Value of the Human Person
  • August Derleth and the Christian Reinvention of the Cthulhu Mythos
  • Lovecraft and the Puritans

Please send a 1-2 page chapter proposal and CV to
Proposals will be evaluated and approved beginning March 1, 2020.

If your chapter is selected, be prepared to submit your draft by September 1, 2020. Chapters should be approximately 20 pages (5-6,000 words).