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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Comparative Theology Group

Statement of Purpose: 

Comparative (interreligious) theology tries to be seriously theological, interreligious, and consciously comparative — all at the same time. It is, like other forms of theology as familiarly understood, primarily a matter of “faith seeking understanding” (or, more broadly, perhaps “the practice of reflective meditative perception” or “insight”) and reflection on this faith as it has been enacted in doctrine, argument, meditation, ritual, and ethical behavior. Like other forms of theology, it is an academic discipline, but may also be about and for the sake of knowledge of God or, more broadly, the ultimate mystery toward which life points. In comparative theology, faith and practice are explored and transformed by attention to parallel theological dimensions of one or more religious or theological traditions, examined historically or in the contemporary context. As a discipline within the academy, this communal and intercommunal faith and practice are open to the analyses, comments, and questions of insiders to the involved traditions, and to scholars not necessarily defined by any such commitments who are nonetheless able and willing to explore the full range of dynamics of faith seeking understanding in a comparative perspective. Please contact any Steering Committee Member for further information on the Group, including the most recent self-study and statement of purpose, or to be added to the Group.

Call for Papers: 

The Comparative Theology Group invites panel proposals on theological topics concerning two or more religious traditions. The Group prefers panel proposals over individual paper proposals as the latter are difficult to incorporate into panels and are therefore less likely to be accepted.

The Group especially welcomes proposals relating to one of the following topics that were brought up in our business meeting: the use of military/martial imagery in relation to the divine; comparative theological reflection from the perspective of victims of religiously motivated violence; ambiguity in the rhetorics of divine healing and violence; comparative theological engagement with Eastern Orthodoxy; con-textual approaches to comparative theology (comparing ritual-liturgical practices or oral traditions); de-territorialization and the reconfiguration of religious boundaries in an age of globalization; the religious use of the internet for communication, mobilization, and/or indoctrination; the internet as a "text" for comparative theological reflection; comparative perspectives on issues relating to land and water; the role of interreligious/comparative theology in religious education; and comparative theology and religious authority.

We encourage prospective applicants to share ideas on the Comparative Theology Group listserv ("reply all") to form potential panels.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
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