AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
The Reformed Theology and History Unit invites papers on “The Kingdom of God and Civil Government” and “The ‘Solas’ in Reformed Traditions.”
How does the Kingdom of God relate to civil governments? Reformed Christians have historically endorsed the notion that Christians can and should participate in civil governments. But there are divergent views on how this participation relates to the Kingdom of God. For example, do Reformed traditions share a “two Kingdoms” theology with Lutheran traditions, or do they offer substantial alternatives to such views? And how do Reformed traditions deal with the problems of theocracy, and/or the tyranny of civil rulers?
Theologically and/or historically, how do we understand the five “solas” of the Reformation, and the purposes for which they emerged? What role do they, or should they, play today in the life of our churches, in the context of ecumenical dialogue, and in the global, interreligious community? Do the “solas” need to be discarded, replaced, retrieved, and/or repristinated?
We welcome papers that pursue historical inquires and/or make constructive theological proposals.
In addition to holding two sessions that draw from paper submissions, the Reformed Theology and History Unit will co-sponsor an invited panel with the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.