What does faithfulness to the call of Christ demand within the political, economic, and social orders of today’s world? Where can Christians turn for help in discerning that call, and how can Christian ethicists serve those who must make difficult moral decisions?
In May of 2022, prominent ethicists, theologians, philosophers, and practitioners will gather in Oxford to honour Professor Nigel Biggar’s efforts to do Christian ethics from the ground up. Our presenters will mark fifteen years of Biggar’s work as Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology by offering creative and constructive proposals across a wide range of issues, including bioethics, just war, political theology, and academic freedom.
Chris Eberle • Jennifer Herdt • Gerald McKenny • James Orr • Daniel Philpott • Charles Mathewes • Patrick Smith • Eric Gregory • Krishan Kumar • Baroness Onora O’Neill
The McDonald Distinguished Lectures will be given by:
Professor Oliver O’Donovan & Professor Nigel Biggar
The LATC conference scheduled for spring of this year (2022) has been reschedule to March 15-17, 2023. The announcement from the LATC website is copied below.
“Dear Friends and Supporters of the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) series,
We are writing to let you know that after much careful thought and reflection, we have decided to reschedule LATC 2022 to 2023. This is due to the ongoing situation with the pandemic, and the complications this raises for in-person conferences like ours. We have always maintained that the in-person experience is vital to the success of LATC, which is all about discussion, engagement, and reflection on the Christian tradition of the past for the purposes of constructive systematic theology for today and tomorrow. For this reason we have decided to reschedule rather than to move the conference online. We remain committed to the vision of LATC, and to its future. But we think it would not be responsible to run the conference this March given the current state of affairs. So, we will now have the conference on March 15-17, 2023 at Biola University in La Mirada, California. The theme remains the same: ecclesiology. We trust that you will understand the reasons for this change given the extraordinary circumstances we are all having to navigate, and look forward to seeing you in California in March 2023!
—Oliver, Fred, and Katya (the LATC Team)”
Speakers and breakout topics are the same as originally scheduled, for now. (Images and content are from LATC website .
Natalie Carnes – Baylor University – “Nature, Culture, Church: Reconsidering the Church-World Divide”
Millard J. Erickson – Independent scholar – “Ecclesiology in a Postmodern Age”
Tom Greggs- University of Aberdeen -“Creatura Verbi: Hearing the Living Word through the Spirit in the Church”
Jennifer Powell McNutt -Wheaton College -“Exilic Ecclesiology: Suffering and Apostolicity in Early Modern Reformed Theology”
Paul T. Nimmo – University of Aberdeen – “The Sanctification of the Church: Contemplating the Progress of the People of God”
Kimlyn J. Bender, George W. Truett Theological Seminary “Confessing Christ, Confessing the Church”
Beau Branson, Brescia University Jordan Wessling, Lindsey Wilson College “The Church as a Singular, Persisting Institution”
Joshua Cockayne, University of St. Andrews D. T. Everhart, University of St. Andrews “‘Members of One Another’: Towards a Kierkegaardian Ecclesiology”
Stephen T. Davis, Claremont McKenna College Eric T. Yang, Santa Clara University “God’s Story and the Sameness of the Church Over Time”
Steven Duby, Phoenix Seminary “‘Bond of Peace’: Ecclesial Unity as Participation in the Son and Spirit”
Daniel L. Hill, Dallas Theological Seminary “Bound Together in the Holy Fire: Purgation and the Unity and Holiness of the Church”
Jonathan Hill, University of Exeter “Communion of Saints: Knowledge and Love in Heaven and Earth”
Alex Irving, St. Mellitus College, East Midlands “The Body of Christ: A Soteriological Basis for the Theological Marks of the Church”
Matt Jenson, Torrey Honors College, Biola University “Either/Or: On the Necessary, But Maverick, Distinction between Church and World”
Adam Johnson, Torrey Honors College, Biola University “The Cruciform Ministry of the Church: Refracting the Saving Work of Christ”
Marguerite Kappelhoff, University of Divinity, Melbourne “The Marks of the Church and the Triune God: ‘Seeking and Creating Fellowship’”
Kimberley Kroll, Grand Canyon University “Holy Branches: A Constructive Model of the Spirit’s Presence in the Church”
Steven Nemes, North Phoenix Preparatory Academy “The Church and Infallibility”
From the 27th till the 29th of January 2022 the Winter Seminar on Progress in Theology will take place. The program schedule is now online!
We are looking forward to a great discussion on the status of the discipline of theology. Among the speakers are Katherin Rogers, Kevin Schilbrack, Benedikt Göcke and Jennifer Frey. Join the seminar to discuss the theological epistemology, the influence of secularization on the discipline of theology, the intellectual tasks of theology, and many more interesting topics.
Whereas many contemporary universities originated from theological programs, over the past centuries the status of theology as a proper academic discipline has become heavily contested. Among the many allegations levelled against theology is the idea that there is no progress in theology. The aim of this Winter Seminar is to investigate under which conditions, if any, theology can still function as an intellectually respectable player in the field of public academic studies. In particular, it zooms in on the notion of progress in theology. Is there any such progress? If not, is that a problem? If so, what shape does such progress take and are there ways in which theology might make more progress?
ESSSAT Prizes for Studies in Science and Theology 2022
In connection with ECST XIX (2022, in Ålesund/Norway), two ESSSAT prizes are open for competition between early career scholars working in Europe.
The ESSSAT Research Prize (of 2500 €) will be awarded for an outstanding original contribution at book length, e.g. a doctoral thesis, submitted to the ESSSAT Prize Responsible by November 30th 2021.
The ESSSAT Student Prize (of 1500 €) will be awarded for an essay of 10.000 words maximum, written in an academic context at undergraduate or postgraduate level, submitted to the ESSSAT Prize Responsible by January 15th 2022.
The works, whose topic may address any aspect of the interface between religion/theology and the natural sciences, should exemplify the aims of ESSSAT to advance open and critical communication between the disciplines of theology, religious studies and science, to promote their cross-fertilization, and to work on the solution of interdisciplinary problems. The prize
winning contributions should be outstanding reflections bearing on the relationship between religion, theology and natural sciences in contemporary culture. The submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, quality, and relevance.
A candidate for the Research or Student Prize must be nominated by a senior faculty member of a university or similar institution of higher education in Europe. ESSSAT membership is not required. The work must be based on research done in Europe (with allowance for a period of research elsewhere of at most one year) and have been accepted for academic credit, presented or published in 2020-2022. It may be in any major European language. It need not have been published.
The prizes will be presented at the Nineteenth European Conference on Science and Theology (ECST XIX), in Ålesund/Norway, 4-8May 2022. The prize winners are required to attend the conference. Their conference fees will be covered.
For applications, mail to ESSSAT prize organizer Andreas Losch (andreas.losch @uzh.ch).
Each application must include:
(a) The work itself as a pdf-file. (b) A brief curriculum vitae of the author (stating nationality); and (c) A letter of nomination. (d) Applications for the research prize need to add a ten-page summary of the work in English (1.5 line spacing, font size 12).
The Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology is delighted to be working with colleagues in the Netherlands at the PThU, De Nieuwe Bijbelschool and Miskotte-Stichting to host an online conference on 8th-9th of November 2021 on Kornelis H. Miskotte’s book ‘Biblical ABCs’. This important wartime text has been newly translated into English this year and published this autumn by Rowan and Littlefield.
Katherine Sonderegger, Philip Ziegler, Susannah Ticciati, Christopher Chalamet, Rinse Reeling Brouwer, Collin Cornell, Eleonora Hof and Mirjam Elbers will all contribute to the discussion of the meaning and topicality of K.H. Miskotte’s theology of resistance.
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 2022The focus is on Experience to Evidence: Theory Construction and Confirmation
SET Foundations (Building Foundations in Science-Engaged Theology: Insights from Philosophy of Science ) is hosted by Loyola University Maryland. 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.
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. Previously planned for June, the conference was postponed 6 months on account of COVID-19. It will be convened in person (this December) in Brisbane but with a Zoom option for those who cannot attend because of travel restrictions
‘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
Registration for In Person Attendance closes November 22.
Registration for Zoom Attendance – closes December 5.
Participants in this online, interdisciplinary conference on Christology will hear from world-leading scholars in history, biblical studies and theology!
Amongst many others, conference attendees will hear from the likes of Ebony Marshall Turman, Amy Peeler, J Kameron Carter, Wongi Park, Lisa Bowens, Karen O’ Donnell, Katie Cross, David Horrell, Christopher Stroup, M Shawn Copeland, Janette Ok, Shively Smith, Reggie Williams & Andrew Boakye.
General Admission tickets are available for $40 USD, Student Tickets are available for $20 USD. Tickets are also available for those who would like to participate in the live Q&A.
March 17-18, 2022 at Biola University, La Mirada, CA
The 2022 Los Angeles Theology Conference will engage ecclesiology, that is, the doctrine about the Church. The goal of the conference is to offer constructive proposals for understanding and confessing the doctrine of the Church with historical depth, ecumenical scope, and analytic clarity. We are inviting theologians (philosophical, biblical, historical, and otherwise) to address this vital Christian doctrine.
Call for Papers
Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to LAtheology@gmail.com before October 1, 2021. An acceptable paper will be approximately 3,500 words (to be delivered in 35 minutes with 5–10 minutes for Q&A).
The 9th Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on March 17-18, 2022 on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The theme of the conference is “Confessing the Church.” We are inviting theologians who can situate the doctrine of the Church in its larger systematic theological context, showing its connections and implications with other doctrines.
Beyond the five plenary papers, nine papers will be selected from the responses to this call. We are especially seeking papers that are theologically constructive accounts of the Church, describing how it is related to the catholic confession as being “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” In particular, we welcome papers that offer reflection on the way in which the Church exhibits (or fails to exhibit) one or more of these features. Preference will be given to papers that offer constructive proposals rather than merely critiques.
The plenary sessions feature Natalie Carnes (Baylor University); Millard J. Erickson (independent scholar); Tom Greggs (University of Aberdeen); Jennifer Powell McNutt (Wheaton College); and Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen).
Those with completed doctorate degrees are invited to submit paper proposals on this year’s theme. The focus of the conference is on constructive or systematic theology, rather than upon exegesis, the history of doctrine, or social scientific approaches to religion. Papers that engage the theological tradition as a means of theological retrieval are most welcome.
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion would like to invite you to our online Academic Workshop ‘Kuyper, Science, and Philosophy: A Centenary Celebration’ on 2nd – 4th September 2021.
Speakers include Prof. Richard Mouw, Prof. René van Woudenberg, Dr Deborah Haarsma, Professor Gerrit Glas, Professor Lydia Jaeger, Dr Jordan Ballor, Revd Dr Craig Bartholomew. The topics covered include Kuyper’s philosophy of science, the doctrine of creation, and the Reformed approach to scientific practice.
The conference will run from 13:00-16:15 (BST) each day.
Genealogies of modernity are broad narrative accounts of the rise and nature of our present cultural condition. Theology nearly always features, in some way or another, in narratives about the formation of modernity, even if its role is just being a discourse and set of practices that was gradually marginalized by the onset of a more secular age. This conference gathers together an international team of scholars to explore genealogies of modernity sympathetically and to evaluate them critically. The contributors will discuss a range of important figures and focused topics, and they will pay special attention to stories that are often, though perhaps unhelpfully, understood as decline narratives—accounts of modernity that do not associate it unambiguously with progress. So-called decline genealogies have significant influence within theology across several confessional traditions, but like any narrative with the massive scope of a genealogy of modernity, making a case for them is necessarily complex. How are “decline” narratives and other accounts constructed? If these stories seek to do something more than just to describe historical processes, how do subtly normative dimensions enter into them? How do genealogical narratives look from the perspective of constituencies that are often marginalized?
The Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference will take place by Zoom Conference on Tuesday 1stand Wednesday 2nd June 2021.
The conference is organised by the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology.
The subject is the Doctrine of the Church and the speakers are: Professor Gerald Bray; Dr Andrew Clarke; Professor Oliver Crisp; Professor David Fergusson Professor Tom Greggs; Professor Tony Lane; Professor Tom Noble; and Professor Stephen Williams.
The Cost of the Conference is £25.
The conference is intended for academics, postgraduate students, ministers and others with a serious interest in academic theology.
To book a place at the conference, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Those who book will receive a full programme and information about how to pay.
The 2021 ETS/EPS Southwest Conference will be virtually hosted by University of the Southwest and will feature live webinars and virtual paper presentations.
Plenary Speaker: Eleonore Stump (SLU)
ETS and EPS members of any rank (including graduate students) from any region may submit a proposal to present a paper virtually at this teleconference. Plenary and individual presentations will be held through virtual meetings. Accepted presenters must provide their own meeting weblinks. The proposal may be related to topics in the fields of Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Philosophy, Ethics, or Ministry though preference will be given to papers related to the problem of evil.
Vatican I declares that “right reasoning . . . illumined by [the light of faith], perfects the knowledge of divine things,” but also that, “the doctrine of faith . . . has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected, but has been entrusted as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ, to be faithfully guarded and infallibly interpreted.” (Dei Filius, 4)
How does reason perfect faith? How does the theologian perfect knowledge of divine things while faithfully guarding the revelation entrusted to the Church? If, as St. John Henry Newman says, “here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often,” how does our faith stay alive while remaining the same? How do we distinguish between organic and inorganic development of doctrine?
These questions cut to the heart of philosophy and theology as disciplines in service to the Church. Differing answers to these questions are the source of the contemporary crisis in Catholic thought.
Submit Your Proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX
Deadline: March 1 at 5 p.m. EST
For scholars of religion, our Annual Meeting represents the networking event of the year, offering unparalleled opportunities to connect with colleagues, engage leaders in the field, and learn about the latest scholarship through paper presentations and panel discussions.
It is with great pleasure that the European Academy of Religion announces its fourth Annual Conference, which will take place in Münster (Germany) between Monday, August 30th and Thursday, September 2nd, 2021. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster will be the organizing institution. As in previous years, the scientific program will be composed of working sessions (panels and book presentations) and keynote lectures that will focus on the overarching topic Religion and Change. (click link for details)
The call for proposals is open: proponents will be able to submit their panels and AMC sessions until Monday, March 1st, 2021 (23:59, GMT+1). (click link for details)
Due to the COVID-19 related emergency, the conference will be moved online in case the sanitary measures should not allow to host it in presence. Conference cancellation will be announced in due time, with further information on how to run the sessions online.
While registrations to the conference will open in early 2021, important dates for proposal submissions are as follows:
~ Opening of the resubmission of 2020 panels Friday, December 4th, 2020 ~ Opening of the call for panels and AMC proposals Friday, December 4th, 2020 ~ Deadline for the resubmission of 2020 panels Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 ~ Opening of the call for papers (within accepted panels) Monday, February 1st, 2021 ~ Deadline for panel and AMC submissions Monday, March 1st, 2021 ~ Deadline for paper proposal submissions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 ~ Deadline for sending the final details of all accepted sessions Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 ~ Deadline for requesting changes regarding the scheduling of all sessions included in the conference program Wednesday, June 6th, 2021
Call for Papers: 2021 Virtual Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society
On March 19-20, 2021, Charleston Southern University will host the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, in conjunction with the meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.
The conference will be held live via Zoom.
Conference Theme: The Doctrine of God
Plenary speaker: Dr. Scott Swain (President of the Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL)
All members of EPS (full, associate, and student) are invited to submit a paper proposal on any philosophical topic (papers connected to the conference theme will be given priority). To sign-up/renew EPS membership, please go here (membership includes a print subscription to Philosophia Christi).
Paper proposals of 200-300 words, prepared for blind review, should be sent via e-mail as an attachment to Ross Parker, associate professor of Christian Studies at CSU (email@example.com). Include a title for the paper.
In the body of your e-mail include the following: contact information (e-mail and phone number), membership status in EPS, institutional affiliation (school, church, or ministry name).
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
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.
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