Tag: Jonathan Edwards

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

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

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

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

Answer to Authors: 1 March 2021

Full Chapters to Submitted: 1 June 2021

Event: Jonathan Edwards & Slavery

Jonathan Edwards and Slavery: Christian Leadership with Feet of Clay

Monday, November 02, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

DIGITAL PANEL DISCUSSION ON JONATHAN EDWARDS’ LEGACY

Join us for an important conversation on the legacy of Jonathan Edwards examining the issue of slavery in the early American period, and assessing how modern readers ought to interact with these positions today.

Panel speakers Ken Minkema, Leroy Gainey, and James Westbrook will grapple with the realities of slavery and Christian leadership prior to the abolitionist movements. Chris Chun, director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary, will moderate the discussion.

This event will be held completely online and will be streamed on YouTube, social media and at www.gs.edu/jec.

DIGITAL PANEL SPEAKERS

Ken Minkema

Ken Minkema
Executive Editor, Jonathan Edwards Center

Leroy Gainey photo

Leroy Gainey
Senior Professor of Educational Leadership, Gateway Seminary

James Westbrook photo

James Westbrook
Lead Pastor, Realm Church

Chris Chun photo

Chris Chun
Director, Jonathan Edwards Center at Gateway Seminary

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: https://www.jesociety.org/2020/04/07/call-for-papers-the-miscellanies-companion-volume-2/ 

CFP: Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2020

From Philip Fisk:

It is with great pleasure that we hereby send you the Call for Papers for the Global Jonathan Edwards Congress 2020 from Monday 24 August to Friday 28 August, 2020. This congress will be organized by the Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux, headquartered at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, affiliated with the Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University.

The theme of this congress is “Rationality and Spirituality: Retrieving Jonathan Edwards for Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Human Experience Today.” The congress seeks to create academic space for a multidisciplinary discussion that retrieves and leverages the robust nature of Edwards’s insights into a religious experience that is both rational and spiritual for the benefit of the humanities, church, and society.

Since spirituality reflects underlying beliefs about human existence and experience, there is a need for global theological reflection on the nexus between spirituality and rationality. Although post-Enlightenment thought bears a specious character and prejudice against Christian spirituality—even Christians are overly self-conscious of this burden, often “disenchanted” with medieval and early modern Christian spirituality—with postmodernity has come a renewed interest in spirituality. Some of the finest and most penetrating analysis of the rational and spiritual nature of religious experience is found in the writings of Jonathan Edwards, “America’s Augustine.” See Strobel, Neele, and Minkema, Jonathan Edwards: Spiritual Writings, The Classics of Western Spirituality (Paulist Press, 2019).

Please carefully consider whether the Call for Papers for this congress resonates with your own research – if so, it would be great if you could submit an abstract for a paper. A special issue of the online journal Jonathan Edwards Studies will be dedicated to publishing a select number of papers presented at the congress.

It would also be great if you could help us spread this Call for Papers in your network, sending it to people whom you know will be interested in this topic. The deadline for turning in proposals is 15 February, 2020.

Sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Beck, Co-director Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux
Prof. Dr. Wim van Vlastuin, Co-director Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux
Dr. Philip J. Fisk, Congress director Jonathan Edwards Center Benelux


Paper proposals should be maximum 300 words and fall within the theme of the congress, as described on the homepage.

Paper proposals can be submitted by email to papers@jedcon2020.be. Please attach two separate Word documents in one email.

  • Document one: Your paper proposal. Please include a bibliography with a maximum of five consulted sources. All references to the author should be removed from this document.
  • Document two: Your last name, first name, Email address, institutional address, the title of your abstract, the topic under which your paper falls, as well as a short CV (1 page max.).

Deadline: February 15, 2020

We will review all submitted paper proposals and you will receive a response by April 24, 2020. If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to present your paper at the congress.

Please be advised that your presentation will be limited to approximately twenty minutes.