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

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Reformed Theology and History Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group seeks to open up the Reformed tradition for critical review and study, focusing on its characteristic themes in theology and historical patterns of polity and practice. Our aim is to present panels and paper sessions that balance historical with theological methods, single figures within larger cultural movements, and core themes with emerging or forgotten elements of Reformed thought and practice. In all of these topics, we hope to demonstrate the vitality, originality, and diversity of Reformed Christianity in its worldwide expression.

Call for Papers: 

(1) The Reformed Theology and History Group seeks proposals on the theme of resistance and submission within the Reformed tradition. Papers may be historical or theological in nature; the best contributions will ordinarily not be merely descriptive but rather also constructive, seeking to relate these questions to the contemporary cultural context. Topics might include:
resistance and submission in the civil sphere: Where, how, and why have Reformed thinkers related “resisting authorities that do not acknowledge God as Lord" to "submitting to the authorities that God has ordained "? When should Christians resist civil authority or submit to it?
resistance and submission in the life of the worshipping community: How have Reformed thinkers understood "obedience" as integral to humans’ relationship to God and their service one to another? Where, how, and why have they understood calls to obedience within the Church to legitimate the claims of some to wield power to the detriment of others?
resistance and submission in the Christian household: How have Reformed thinkers understood the respective roles of men and women, slaves and masters, parents and children? How do these understandings deal with the biblical mandate to "submit to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Ephesians 5:21)? Where, how, and why have Reformed thinkers legitimated harm or, alternatively, promoted the flourishing of life?

(2) The Reformed Theology and History Group along with the Wesleyan Group invites proposals on the role of Arminius in Wesleyan and Reformed Theology.
This session calls for papers that will consider Jacob Arminius and the reception of his theological perspective in Wesleyan and Reformed communities. How have these communities historically represented Arminius? Do these perspectives prove to be historically accurate? For instance, to what extent can 18th century Anglicanism be characterized as Calvinist? To what extent can Methodism be seen as an expression of Calvinism? Could a reconsideration of Arminius contribute to a rapprochement between Reformed and Wesleyan churches? Proposals that are historical and constructive, and that address issues broadly pertaining to both of these traditions and communities are encouraged.

(3) The Reformed Theology and History Group will host a panel of invited speakers who will critically engage the contribution of Brian Gerrish. Significant consideration will be given to Gerrish's forthcoming publication Christian Faith: A Dogmatics in Outline (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, August 2015).

Method: 
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Process: 
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