Nature, Functions and Contexts of Christian Doctrine

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 679

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, Box Hill, VIC 3128, Australia
Interests: nature and purposes of doctrine; systematic theology; theologies of united and uniting churches; doctrine of scripture

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Guest Editor
Pacific Theological College, 78 Vuya Road, Veiuto Rd, Suva, Fiji
Interests: public theology; contextual theology; Pasifika theology; climate change; gender studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The nature, status, and functions of Christian doctrine are widely and energetically discussed in contemporary theology. Debates often follow denominational fault lines, but they are also shaped by the diverse philosophical commitments of the protagonists. Contemporary discussions are also formed by the increasing diversity of the church and the desire of theologians of the Global South to resist the dominance and influence of the West's doctrinal traditions. Furthermore, the climate crisis, matters of sexuality and gender, and race have put significant pressure on traditional doctrinal loci. For some, these pressures are sufficient to abandon the doctrinal enterprise, or at the very least to treat it with deep suspicion. For others, they provide an opportunity for new approaches and fresh engagements with particular doctrines. This Special Issue welcomes submissions that emerge from this broad framework and/or address topics such as the following:

  • The relationship between change, constancy, and diversity in Christian doctrine, especially in relation to climate, sexuality, gender, and race;
  • Critical studies of recent proposals (e.g., Christine Helmer, Mike Higton, David Bentley Hart, Anne E. Carpenter, Willie James Jennings);
  • How biblical exegesis is employed in constructive doctrinal work;
  • Studies of particular doctrinal loci in particular contexts;
  • The role of doctrine in making Christian truth claims;
  • The role of particular doctrines in forming, deforming, and reforming the Christian imagination;
  • The role of, or the impact of, certain doctrines in inter-religious encounters.

Prior to submitting a manuscript, we request that authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200–300 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send these either to the Guest Editor or to the Assistant Editor of Religions. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purpose of ensuring that they fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Geoff Thompson
Dr. Dianne Rayson
Guest Editors

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  • doctrine
  • truth
  • context
  • doctrinal change
  • bible
  • imagination
  • sexuality
  • climate
  • race

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