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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Reformed Theology and History Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to open up Reformed traditions 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: 

The Reformed Theology and History Unit welcomes historical and theological proposals on the themes of (1) eschatology and (2) racism. (3) We also invite paper proposals for a joint session with the Christian Systematic Theology Unit on the theme of "freedom":

(1) We invite papers that address how the Reformed tradition has depicted and debated issues in eschatology, in both its personal and its cosmic dimensions. What are the contributions of the Reformed tradition to perennial debates concerning the restoration of all things, continuity or discontinuity with creation, theologies of hope, personal identity after death, and divine judgment? How does eschatology intersect with other theological debates in the Reformed tradition around Christology, theological anthropology, the sacraments, election, and salvation? Papers that bring the Reformed tradition into constructive conversation with biblical, philosophical, and/or scientific scholarship are most welcome.

(2) We also invite papers that explore the ways in which racism has been manifest and/or challenged in the history and the present of the Reformed tradition. What features of the Reformed tradition have been particularly prone to be used for racist ends? What resources have been found within the Reformed tradition to work against racism? Papers that explore the multi-faceted history and complex present of racism, and the specific limitations and possibilities of the Reformed tradition as it relates to responding to the sin of racism, are most welcome.

(3) In addition, we join the Christian Systematic Theology Unit in inviting paper proposals for a co-sponsored session on the theological legacies of Karl Barth and Jonathan Edwards. We welcome proposals for analytical or constructive (but not purely historical) papers that treat these theologians’ accounts of issues surrounding freedom, liberty, and liberation. We especially welcome proposals that explore what these accounts could contribute to contemporary conversations in theology.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Allowing the chairs to see the proposer names helps us do a better job of working toward gender and racial/ethnic balance among the presenters.
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