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Christian Systematic Theology Unit

Call for Proposals for November Meeting

The Christian Systematic Theology Section invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels on diverse themes in the broader field of systematic theology. While we welcome proposals that ground arguments in pre-existing texts from various traditions and discussions, papers should be constructive rather than merely historical.

This year, we especially invite proposals related to pneumatology, for example:

  • Spirit, interiority, and experience
  • Inspiration, improvisation, and imagination
  • Holy Spirit and the incarnation
  • Grace, the Spirit, and eschatology
  • Spirit, rupture, and resistance
  • Freedom, liberation, and the Spirit
  • The work of the Spirit in the individual, in community, and in history

In relation to the presidential theme “Violence, Nonviolence, and the Margin," we are also interested in proposals around the following topics:

  • Violence in/of systematic thought
  • The possibility of nonviolence
  • Divine violence
  • Atonement, salvation, and sacrifice
  • Political theology and politics of marginality, violence, protest

Furthermore, we invite proposals that consider the method and modes of doing theology, such as:

  • Theological aesthetics in relation to social and political transformation
  • Theological method, the task of theology, and theological imagination
  • Pedagogical imagination: How do we introduce theology?

Statement of Purpose

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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection