AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit 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.
The Christian Systematic Theology Unit invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels related to our theme of Tradition(s). We invite proposals to consider the role and dynamics of tradition in theological authority, disputes over establishing tradition, and consideration/reconsideration of the nature of continuity with tradition. In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are especially interested in proposals relating to Reformation, and counter-Reformation/Catholic Reform. However, papers should be constructive or synthetic rather than merely historical or analytical in nature. We especially invite proposals related to the following subthemes:
• Scripture and Tradition
• Protestants and Catholic conversations on authority
• Tradition and traditions
• The nature of the practice of "handing on"
• Written and oral Torah
• Appeals to tradition
• Continuity and discontinuity with received tradition, and the related question of the development of doctrine
• The relationship of doctrinal and cultural traditions
Additionally, to mark the recent publication of the first ever English-language critical edition of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016), the Schleiermacher Unit and the Christian Systematic Theology Unit invite paper proposals for a co-sponsored session on Schleiermacher’s theology. We welcome proposals for analytical or constructive (but not strictly historical) papers that treat Schleiermacher’s work in Christian Faith. Potential themes include, but are not limited to: the relationship between piety and doctrine, questions of tradition and authority, and the classical loci of systematic theology. We especially welcome proposals that explore what Schleiermacher’s substantive arguments in Christian Faith could contribute to contemporary conversations in theology.