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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.

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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!

Biblical Theology Bulletin

Title:   “Presenting the Issue: Biblical Stories, Their Interpretations, and Their Impact”

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Title:   “Women Prophets in the Old Testament: Implications for Christian Women in Contemporary Southeastern Nigeria”

Author: Adolphus Ekedimma Amaefule  Date: 2020-07-31T08:31:20Z
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Title:   “Painting 1 Enoch: Biblical Interpretation, Theology, and Artistic Practice”

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Title:   “Fathers, Mothers, Sons, and Silence: Rhetorical Reconfiguration in Proverbs”

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Title:   “Called to Bless: Considering an Under-appreciated Aspect of “Doing Good” in 1 Peter 3:8–17”

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Author: T.R. Hobbs  Date: 2020-07-31T08:31:19Z
Publication:  Vol:50   Numb. 3  Pages: 174 – 176


Theology.News Will Start Posting Open Theology Table of Contents.

Theology.News will start posting table of contents content for Open Theology. Here are last years articles (2019) to get you started. Stay tuned for 2020.

Topical issue: Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology, edited by Claire Clivaz and Garrick Allen

The Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and TheologyClaire Clivaz and Garrick V. AllenArticle Category:Editorial|Pages:461–465|Published online: 26 Nov 2019

Defining Digital Theology: Digital Humanities, Digital Religion and the Particular Work of the CODEC Research Centre and Network Peter Phillips, Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero and Jonas Kurlberg |Pages:29–43|Published online: 22 May 2019

Embedded, not Plugged-In: Digital Humanities and Fair Participation in Systematic Theological Research Matthew Ryan Robinson |Pages:66–79|Published online: 04 Jul 2019

Truth Communication in Times of Digital Abundance: A Practical Theological Perspective Thomas Schlag |Pages:420–429|Published online: 04 Nov 2019

New Digital Tools for a New Critical Edition of the Hebrew Bible Sarah Yardney, Sandra R. Schloen and Miller Prosser |Pages:80–94|Published online: 23 Jul 2019

Digital Tools for Working with New Testament Manuscripts Garrick V. Allen |Pages:13–28|Published online: 22 May 2019

The Impact of Digital Research: Thinking about the MARK16 Project Claire Clivaz |Pages:1–12|Published online: 05 Mar 2019

Digital Palimpsests: Mark in Trinity College Cambridge MS. O.9.27 Dan Batovici |Pages:107–115|Published online: 04 Jul 2019

The Bible in Arabic: Digital Resources and Future Challenges Sara Schulthess |Pages:217–226|Published online: 15 Jul 2019

Structural Visualization of Manuscripts (StruViMan): Principles, Methods, Prospects Saskia Dirkse, Patrick Andrist and Martin Wallraff |Pages:249–258|Published online: 03 Aug 2019

Spatial Analysis of New Testament Textual Emendations Utilizing Confusion Distances Vincent van Altena, Jan Krans, Henk Bakker, Balázs Dukai and Jantien Stoter |Pages:44–65|Published online: 04 Jul 2019

Presentation of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts: Bridging the Gap between Ancient Manuscripts and Modern Technology Stratton L. Ladewig and Robert D. Marcello |Pages:451–460|Published online: 26 Nov 2019

Topical issue: Phenomenology of Religious Experience III: Visuality, Imagination, and the Lifeworld, edited by Martin Nitsche and Olga Louchakova-Schwartz

Introduction to the Topical Issue “Phenomenology of Religious Experience III: Visuality, Imagination, and the Lifeworld” Martin Nitsche , Editorial|Pages: 403–404|Published online:21 Oct 2019

Objective, Intersubjective Mystical Relationships: Justification and Reality Michael Barber |Pages:198–216|Published online: 15 Jul 2019

God and Man as Unrepresentable Images Carla CanulloArticle Category |Pages:158–165|Published online: 28 Jun 2019

Dual Anthropology as the Imago Dei in Edith Stein Angela Ales Bello |Pages:95–106|Published online: 03 Jun 2019

The Way into Transcendental Philosophy from the Argument in Suhrawardī’s Philosophy of Illumination Olga Louchakova-Schwartz |Pages:278–298|Published online: 10 Sep 2019

Transformative Impact: The Environmental Significance of Religious Conversions Martin Nitsche |Pages:241–248|Published online: 23 Jul 2019

Transforming Representation: Jacques Derrida and the End of Christianity Martin Koci |Pages:116–124|Published online: 19 Jul 2019

Patheticness and the Mundane Phenomenalisation of Transcendence according to Kierkegaard Maria Gołębiewska |Pages:332–346|Published online: 02 Oct 2019

The Phenomenology of Sacrifice in Marion, Patočka and Nancy Petr Kouba |Pages:377–385|Published online: 05 Oct 2019

A Too-Future Eschatology? The Limits of the Phenomenology of Liturgy in Jean-Yves Lacoste Jan Černý |Pages:386–402|Published online: 21 Oct 2019

Topical issue: Existential and Phenomenological Conceptions of the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology, edited by Nikolaas Deketelaere, Elizabeth Li, and Steven DeLay

Editorial Introduction to the Topical Issue “Existential and Phenomenological Conceptions of the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology” Nikolaas Deketelaere, Elizabeth Li and Steven DeLay |Pages:482–485|Published online: 23 Dec 2019

Living in the Existential Margins: Reflections on the Relationship Between Philosophy and Theology J. Aaron Simmons |Pages:147–157|Published online: 04 Jul 2019

Kierkegaard’s Existential Conception of the Relationship Between Philosophy and Christianity Elizabeth Li |Pages:136–146|Published online: 15 Jul 2019

Sartre’s Godless Theology: Dualist Monism and Its Temporal Dimensions Renxiang Liu |Pages:182–197|Published online: 04 Jul 2019

The Event of Faith: The Transformation of Philosophy by Theology in Rudolf Bultmann Nikolaas Deketelaere |Pages:259–277|Published online:18 Sep 2019

Nikolai Berdyaev’s Dialectics of Freedom: In Search for Spiritual Freedom Raul-Ovidiu Bodea |Pages:299–308|Published online: 13 Sep 2019

‘No One Can Serve Two Masters’: The Unity of Philosophy and Theology in Ricœur’s Early Thought Barnabas Aspray |Pages:320–331|Published online: 01 Oct 2019

Michel Henry and Metaphysics: An Expressive Ontology Andrew Sackin-Poll |Pages:405–419|Published online: 04 Nov 2019

Another Name for Liberty: Revelation, ‘Objectivity,’ and Intellectual Freedom in Barth and Marion Kristóf Oltvai |Pages:430–450|Published online: 18 Nov 2019

Regular Articles

The Emotional Impact of Evil: Philosophical Reflections on Existential Problems Nicholas Colgrove |Pages:125–135|Published online: 28 Jun 2019

Panentheisms, Creation and Evil Robin Attfield |Pages:166–181|Published online: 28 Jun 2019

Being Gifted as Negative Certainty David Mark Dunning |Pages:227–240|Published online: 26 Jul 2019

Conflict Resolved: the Amity between Postmodern Philosophy and Theology in Gianni Vattimo’s weak thought Emil Halloun |Pages:309–319|Published online: 18 Sep 2019

Epistemological Reform and Embracement of Human Rights. What Can be Inferred from Islamic Rationalistic Maturidite Theology? Galym Zhussipbek and Zhanar Nagayeva |Pages:347–365|Published online: 18 Sep 2019

The Dialectic of Sin and Faith in “Being Able to be Oneself” Nikolaj Zunic |Pages:367–376|Published online: 16 Oct 2019

Pannenberg’s Doctrine of Resurrection as Science Jae Yang |Pages:466–481|Published online: 02 Dec 2019

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)

James I. Packer is with the Lord. (1926-2020)

J. I. Packer —”One of the most influential evangelical leaders of our time” (Christianity Today)— passed away yesterday at age 93. Across the web, tributes are pouring in about his life, ministry, and sprawling legacy. Below are links to some of them:

“Remembering J.I. Packer” – Regent College

“J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93” – Christianity Today

In Memoriam: J. I. Packer” – Catholic Herald

“Don Carson Pays Tribute to J. I. Packer” – the Gospel Coalition (see also “J. I. Packer 1926-2020” – Justin Taylor (Gospel Coalition).

“Reformation Theology in the Hands of a Servant” – Desiring God

J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93″ – Christian Post

“Now He Truly Knows” – Sydney Anglicans

“J. I. Packer Goes on to Glory” – Michael Thomson via Ben Witherington (patheos)

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:”

ETS 2020 Annual in Person Meeting Cancelled – Virtual Meeting Scheduled.

From the Website: “Due to COVID–19 restrictions concerning large public gatherings, the ETS Annual Meeting scheduled for November 17-19 in Providence, R.I., will not be held in person. We regret that we will not be able to meet in person but are pleased that we will be able to hold the full 2020 Annual Meeting in a virtual platform. This will include presentations, discussions, and a virtual exhibit hall allowing attendees to examine publications and meet with publishers. In addition, we are hopeful that the virtual meeting will benefit those who would not otherwise be able to participate in person. Although there is a challenge with time zones to consider, we look forward to the opportunity to bring the ETS Annual Meeting to scholars around the world.Over the next few weeks we will be in touch with each of the session chairs and presenters to work through the details regarding the schedule and the format for each session. We look forward to working with each of you to create a virtual environment that fosters the level of scholarly exchange the Annual Meeting is known for.” Read More…

2020 AAR in Person Annual Meeting Cancelled – Online Meeting to Be Held Instead.

From the AAR website: “In the interest of the health, safety, and well-being of our members, in light of the challenges brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, and in order to uphold our organizational mission, provide opportunities for, and meet our obligations to, our members, the AAR Board of Directors has cancelled the in-person Annual Meeting scheduled for Boston, MA, November 21-24, 2020, and will hold an online Annual Meeting in late November or early December.” This online AAR Annual Meeting is not intended to replicate our typical in-person meeting but will provide registrants with venues for scholarly engagement and networking. We are excited about the opportunities this meeting may open for members who would not have been able to attend the Boston meeting and look forward to learning from the experience.” Read More …

The Asbury Journal – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Book Reviews and Books Received”

Author:  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:37 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/11


Title:   “From the Archives: John Haywood Paul and Iva Durham Vennard- Holiness in Education”

Author:  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:30 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/10


Title:   “Powerlessness and A Social Imaginary in the Philippines: A Case Study on Bahala na”

Author: Yohan Hong  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:23 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/9


Title:   “The Leadership Implications of Kneeling in Zimbabwean Culture”

Author: Dwight S.M. Mutonono  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:16 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/8


Title:   ““When We are Going to Preach the Word, Jesus will Meet Us:” Ernest and Phebe Ward and Pandita Ramabai”

Author: Robert A. Danielson  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:09 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/7


Title:   “Dorothy Sayers, Communication anf Theology: A Lifetime of Influence in British Society”

Author: Kim Okesson  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:57:02 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/6


Title:   “John and Molly: A Methodist Mismarriage”

Author: Samuel J. Rogal  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:56:55 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/5


Title:   “Methodist Political Involvement in the School Bible Issue: the Council, The Christian Advocate and Journal, the Mayor, and the Superintendent of Schools”

Author: Philip F. Hardt  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:56:48 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/4


Title:   “Victorian Church Planting: A Contemporary Inquiry into a Nineteenth Century Movement”

Author: Winfield Bevins  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:56:41 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/3


Title:   “From the Editor”

Author: Robert Danielson  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:56:34 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/2


Title:   “Journal in Entirety”

Author:  Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:56:27 PDT
Vol & Number vol75/iss1/1


Pro Ecclesia (latest Table of Contents)

Title:   “On Seitz’s The Elder Testament: He Pitched a Winning Game but with Unforced Errors”

Author: Raymond C. Van Leeuwen  Date: 2020-05-18T05:38:51Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 259 – 265


Title:   “Reading the Scriptures Anew”

Author: John Behr  Date: 2020-05-20T05:46:20Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 266 – 274


Title:   “Christopher Seitz and the Priority of the Christ Event”

Author: Hans Boersma  Date: 2020-05-07T05:36:03Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 275 – 284


Title:   “Between Athens and Antioch: Literal and Extended-Sense Reading”

Author: Christopher R. Seitz  Date: 2020-05-20T05:49:07Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 285 – 292


Title:   “The Sensus Literalis and the Trinity in the English Enlightenment”

Author: David Ney  Date: 2020-03-12T06:53:37Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 293 – 307


Title:   “Leaven without Loss: Church and World across Balthasar’s Corpus”

Author: James R. Wood  Date: 2020-03-04T04:03:54Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 308 – 335


Title:   “Luther’s Theologian of the Cross and Theologian of Glory Distinction Reconsidered”

Author: Christopher D. Jackson  Date: 2020-04-20T05:16:19Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 336 – 351


Title:   “The Presence of Jesus Christ in the Office of the Ministry: Rethinking Luther from His Pulpit Out”

Author: Jonathan Mumme  Date: 2020-07-02T06:30:31Z
Publication:  Vol:29   Numb. 3  Pages: 352 – 380


Harvard Theological Review – Latest Table of Contents

Title:   “Staging Rachel: Rabbinic Midrash, Theatrical Mime, and Christian Martyrdom in Late Antiquity”

Author: Hadjittofi, Fotini  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 299 – 333


Title:   “Delivering Oracles from God: The Nature of Christian Communication in 1 Peter 4:11a”

Author: Williams, Travis B.  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 334 – 353


Title:   “Early Judeo-Arabic Birth Narratives in the Polemical Story “Life of Jesus” (Toledot Yeshu)”

Author: Goldstein, Miriam  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 354 – 377


Title:   ““Therefore I Have Removed the Veil”: Disclosure of Secrets in Eleventh-Century Islam and the Literary Character of Maimonides’s Guide”

Author: Michaelis, Omer  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 378 – 404


Title:   “Between Ordinary and Extraordinary: A Deweyan Approach to Ordinary, Aesthetic, and Cultic Experience”

Author: Dahl, Espen  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 405 – 420


Title:   “Peering Behind the Lines”

Author: Goudarzi, Mohsen  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 421 – 435


Title:   “HTR volume 113 issue 3 Cover and Front matter”

Author:  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 1 – 3


Title:   “HTR volume 113 issue 3 Cover and Back matter”

Author:  Date: 2020-06-30
 Pages: 1 – 2


William J. Abraham Named Inaugural Director of the Recently Established Wesley House of Studies at Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University)

June 24, 2020 – “Following extended conversations with and consultation of seminary faculty, alumni and friends, Dean Todd D. Still, Ph.D., announced today, with strong support from university administration, the formation of a Wesley House of Studies at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. In conjunction, he announced that Dr. William J. Abraham, a theologian, philosopher, author and minister, will serve as the founding director of this strategic initiative. 

In this role, Abraham will ensure that students attending Truett from Wesleyan traditions are nurtured and networked for the ministries into which they are being called. Additionally, Abraham, who will regularly teach courses at Truett pertaining to Wesleyan thought and practice, will collaborate with individuals, congregations and organizations in the Wesleyan tradition in the recruiting, training and placing of students and in supporting and educating ministers who are already engaged in gospel service.” Read more…

(This post was recopied from an announcement on Baylor Universities website. Click here to read more)

2020 Missiology Lectures at Fuller Seminary – Migration, Transnationalism, and Faith in Missiological Perspective: Los Angeles as a Global Crossroads


Los Angeles has long been a global crossroad of communities migrating in and out. The Missiology Lectures 2020 will explore this case study of migration, transnationalism, and interfaith engagement through keynote presentations, breakout conversations, and panel discussions over five days.

Event registrants will have access to curated content that will be released each morning, as well as the opportunity to participate in live sessions throughout the day.


Dr. Kirsteen Kim, professor of theology and world Christianity and associate dean for the Center for Missiological Research, School of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Alexia Salvatierra, assistant professor of integral mission and global transformation, School of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Amos Yong, Dean, School of Intercultural Studies and School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

FULLER studio is pleased to offer a selection of the recordings to be released in the months following the event. To stay updated on this content, sign up for the FULLER studio semimonthly email.



Campese, GioacchinoGioacchino Campese

Professor of the Theology of Human Mobility at Pontifical Urbaniana University, Italy

“Catholicity: Migration, Religion, and World Christianity”

Abstract: Migrants and refugees have been since the beginning among the main protagonists of the Christian mission and, as such, the subjects of World Christianity who have carried the faith through their cultural traditions to the ends of the earth. At the same time, with their courage, resiliency, and hope they also represent the pioneers and spokespersons of the Christian pilgrimage toward catholicity––the wholeness, fullness, inclusivity that characterizes God’s reign ––in a globalized world in which conflicts and divisions are politically and religiously motivated. It will be argued that two key concepts and practices that advance the eschatological event of catholicity are synodality and the “culture of encounter” (Pope Francis), which, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, must become two distinctive and essential elements of the mission of World Christianity in the “age of migration”.

Respondent: Dr. Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President for Ecumenical Relations

Dochuk, DarrenDarren Dochuk

Associate Professor of History at University of Notre Dame

“Mission: Protestant Migration and the (Re-)Evangelization of California”

Abstract: “Restless tides of humanity” had long made their way to California, with plans for redemption in tow. So noted a Southern Baptist editor when marveling at his denomination’s move into the Golden State “bringing the glad news of salvation and saying to the thousands of lost people, ‘California, here we come.’” Uttered in 1946, amid the state’s postwar boom, these are sentiments that countless Protestants have exclaimed and embraced when first encountering California and its epicenter of cultural transformation, Los Angeles. This presentation will provide a historical overview of Protestant migration in (and out of) Los Angeles from World War II to the present. While observing general patterns of movement and institutional change within Los Angeles’s sprawling Protestant community, it will pay close attention to the ways that migration has made the city a site of particularly intense and innovative evangelization, a crucible of religious transformation on a national scale, and a gateway for global Christianity.

Respondent: Dr. Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA

Flory, RichardRichard Flory

Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC

“Los Angeles: Crossroads for Migrating Faith Communities”

Abstract: Los Angeles has long attracted migrants—both from different parts of the US and from other countries—who are seeking new opportunities in life. As such, the single dominant reality of the region is its diversity; there is no single ethnic group, way of life, or industrial sector that dominates the scene. This applies to the LA religion as well. Los Angeles is the most religiously diverse city in the world, as religion has been transported to the city along with those seeking that new start in life. What is it about Los Angeles that attracts and even encourages such a broad range of people and their many different religious expressions? What happens to these religions as they experience and interact with the culture and diversity of Los Angeles? And, how do they maintain their vitality as they face myriad alternative and competing religious groups and the secular pursuits that the region offers?

Respondent: Dr. Alexia Salvatierra, Assistant Professor of Integral Mission and Global Transformation, School of Intercultural Studies

Kassam, ZaynZayn Kassam

John Knox MacLean Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College

“Faith Resources: Muslim Migration to Los Angeles”

Abstract: In the past few decades, Muslim migration to the Greater Los Angeles area has coalesced into building strong civic and religious institutions that have positioned Muslims to strengthen both their own communities and build interfaith connections. The tragic events of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror have led to increased surveillance and violence against Muslims/misidentified Muslims both domestically and abroad. In addition to ongoing deportations, since the inception of the Trump administration the acceptance rates for Muslim refugees and migrants has diminished under the guise of national security. The larger culture of Islamophobia and population racism have brought significant challenges to Muslim communities and individuals, while the work of Muslim faith-based and civic organizations and their interfaith connections in resettling refugees shows a remarkable degree of commitment to their values.

Respondent: Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Associate Dean for Fuller Texas

Kim, Rebecca Rebecca Y. Kim

Frank R. Seaver Chair of Social Science, Professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University

“Inclusion-Exclusion: Asian Migration and ‘Christian’ California”

Abstract: This paper examines how Asian immigrants and their descendants are making their own mark in and outside of the Californian “Christian” landscape despite their history of exclusion in US society. I first discuss the various cultural and structural barriers that Asian immigrants encountered in their efforts to become part of the United States, particularly in California. I then explore how Asian Americans are reshaping and revitalizing the Californian “Christian” landscape through their churches, campus ministries, and missions organizations, and how they are constructing their distinctive faith, theology, and religious practice. I also explain how Asian American Christians hold the keys to a more united multiracial future in California and beyond. I do this by incorporating past and present social scientific research on Asian American Christians, including my own, and drawing from in-depth interview data from the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project (2014–2016).

Respondent: Dr. Daniel D. Lee, Assistant Provost for the Center For Asian American Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Theology and Asian American Ministry

Rodriguez, DanielDaniel Rodríguez

Divisional Dean of the Religion and Philosophy Division and Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies at Pepperdine University

“Transnationalism: Latino/a Faith Connections with Latin America”

Abstract: This paper contributes to a growing body of literature in the relatively new field of “diaspora missiology,” defined by The Seoul Declaration on Diaspora Missiology as “a missiological framework for understanding and participating in God’s redemptive mission among people living outside their place of origin” (2009). More specifically, this paper advances the diaspora mission discourse in North America by drawing attention to the evangelistic opportunities and theological challenges presented by the Hispanic evangelical church in the United States. Missiological insights from the Latin American diaspora, as well as the early church, suggest that an important step for leaders in the worldwide mission of God is to embrace and actively promote our identity as “a colony of resident aliens” living in modern-day Babylon. The rise of nationalistic, xenophobic, and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies in the United States underscore the importance of this paper for God’s missionary people in 2020.

Respondent: Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Sanchez, LeopoldoLeopoldo A. Sánchez M.

Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary

“Theological Approaches to Migration: Their Impact on Missional Thinking and Action”

Abstract: Theological approaches to migration can take as their starting point hospitality to migrants, law and reform considerations, models on the role of the church in society, and the notion of special relations. What are the potential strengths of each of these approaches to migration for dealing with a complex issue? We argue that a multidimensional theology of migration, which accounts for a diversity of perspectives and concerns, has the potential to promote fruitful missional thinking and action.

Respondent: Dr. Carly L. Crouch, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament

Sexton, Jason_Jason Sexton

Visiting Research Scholar at the California Center for Sustainable Communities in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA

“Borders: Citizenship in California”

Abstract: As California’s cultural epicenter, LA stands at a crossroads: 100+ languages spoken in public schools; the world’s second largest Mexican city; enormous populations of citizens of countries around the world. Like California, LA has projected its image to the world as a place belonging. Yet amid a growing presence of global citizens, this has not always translated to full citizenship. With perpetual amnesia amid the cultural production, especially forgetting injustices done to minorities and Native Californians, California’s residents face difficult positions. Throughout a history of inclusion and exclusion, new ways of coexisting have marked California’s approaches. This was often fueled by California churches’ inchoate understandings of kingdom or heavenly citizenship, which rather than enabling faithful discipleship often disabled more responsible approaches that could have better sought the good of California and its many residents who seek to experience the better lives of the California dream.

Respondent: Dr. Andrea Smith, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

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.
  • By becoming a member of the society, you will also receive an online account, which will enable you to use a number of
    members-only sections of our website: to submit a conference paper proposal and to register for our conferences.
  • If you have already created an account for use on this system, you can login by clicking on the “Login” button above.
    If you think you may need an account for our site without becoming a member, please contact the SSCE Honorary Secretary.