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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Liberal Theologies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

Liberal theologies have been a robust and radical resource in a variety of religions, sometimes claiming and sometimes disclaiming the label of “liberalism.” Across these theologies, experience is considered a core category to combine reason and revelation in a forceful critique of religious and non-religious authorities. The scholars involved in the Liberal Theologies Unit understand “liberal theology” to be an open and open-ended approach to research on religion. It is characterized but not constrained by the European and American liberal theologians of the 19th and 20th century who were crucial to the foundation of the American Academy of Religion. Both in the mainstream and in the margins, the liberal theological legacy continues. The Liberal Theologies Unit is committed to this continuing legacy, both critically and creatively. Our work is international, interdisciplinary, and interreligious. Drawing on the history of liberal theologies, we are dedicated to developing new perspectives and new proposals for scholarship that will better address the social, cultural, and political circumstances in which we find ourselves today.

Call for Papers: 

The Liberal Theologies group invites papers related to the topic, “Theology and the Charge of Liberal Complicity with Totalitarianism.” Strong proposals might include such lines of inquiry as:

● Critical interrogation of the oft-repeated accusation that liberal theologians of the 1920s and 1930s were at worst supporters of, and at best incapable of resisting, totalitarianism;

● Analyses of the charge that liberal theology encodes totalitarian impulses or even (in the popular parlance) “liberal fascism”;

● Appraisals of the theological resources offered by liberal theologies for resisting totalitarianism, as well as any corrections required by liberal theologies for such resistance, given current perceptions that liberal democracy is under attack by the economics of austerity and the politics of populism.

An explicit connection to President Patton’s 2019 theme, “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces,” will add to the strength of a proposal.

● Non-Violent Theology: Power, Persuasion, and Peace -
In addition, the Liberal Theologies Group invites proposals for papers for a co-sponsored session with the Open and Relational Theologies group on the topic, Non-Violent Theology: Power, Persuasion, and Peace. Are some theologies - some models of God - better suited for promoting peace and justice through non-violent means? We welcome proposals that explore this question, especially in connection with open-relational, liberal, and/or personalist theologies. We're especially interested in proposals that explore the impact of personalism on the theology and activism of Martin Luther King Jr.

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