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November 21-24, 2015

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Christian Systematic Theology Section

Statement of Purpose: 

This Section promotes new constructive work in Christian systematic theology that is in dialogue with the historical Christian theological traditions on the one hand and with all aspects of the contemporary context on the other — intellectual movements, methodologies, multiple theological and religious perspectives, and ethical/social/political contexts.

Call for Papers: 

We invite constructive (not merely descriptive or historical) proposals that explore the doctrine of God and possibilities for knowledge of God. Who is this God Christians worship and how might we best characterize, name, or talk about God? Is this the same God that philosophers discuss? What can we say about God's relationship to all that is not God? What are the possibilities and limits of our human language actually gaining purchase on who God is? We seek proposals for individual papers, panels, or book discussions that relate to the general theme and especially to one or more of the following subtopics:

  1. Names of God
  2. Attributes of God
  3. Passibility and impassibility, ancient and modern
  4. Apophaticism/cataphaticism
  5. Theism—Classical, "Open," and Otherwise
  6. Knowledge of God as Participation
  7. The relationship of the Hellenistic philosophical tradition to knowledge of the Christian God
  8. The Possibilities and/or Limits of Analytic Theology

We are also interested in paper proposals that could lead to cosponsored sessions with the Interfaith and Interreligious Studies group, or with the Platonic Studies Group on topics (6) and (7).

Additionally, with the Middle Eastern Christianity Group, the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group, and the Roman Catholic Studies Groups, we are sponsoring a call for papers on the legacy of Chalcedon (451) to generate expert discussion on the Council of Chalcedon and its aftermath. The Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) marked a turning point in Church history and Christian theology on account of the schism that resulted from disputes over the statements of Christology promulgated by the council. That schism endures to this day. Although most Western Christians have little awareness of the Chalcedonian Council, its legacy directly impacts the Middle Eastern Christian communities who are divided among each other and from Western churches along Chalcedonian lines. The committees invite paper proposals from any reasonable discipline (church history, patristics, theology, sociology, etc.) and focused on any historical period or theological theme that can shed light on Chalcedon and its legacy. Special consideration will be given to proposals that link their research in some way to Middle Eastern Christian communities. Paper proposals must demonstrate methodological and theoretical rigor and suggest a coherent argument.

Method: 
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Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee