This Unit seeks to open up the traditions of Reformed Christianity for critical review and study, attending to their theological and historical patterns of belief, practice, and polity. Our aim is to present panels and paper sessions that balance theological and historical approaches, and that attend from diverse perspectives to single figures and larger cultural movements, with a particular interest in exploring 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.
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Reformed Theology and History Unit
Call for Proposals for November Meeting
The Reformed Theology and History Unit seeks paper proposals on the following topics:
The Reformed Theology and History Unit invites papers on the theme of eschatology. Contributions on one or several of the traditional four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell) are welcome, as are papers on the collective hope of the kingdom of God, on the eschatological nature of theology as exemplified in Karl Barth and others, and on the history of various Reformed eschatologies. Preferably, papers should be attentive to the possible misuses of eschatological imaginations in Reformed theology and/or offer a fresh approach to eschatological themes.
Reformed Theologians and Pastors in the Public Square
The Reformed theology unit invites paper proposals on Reformed theologians and pastors in the public square especially in light of the passing of the popular Presbyterian minister Timothy J. Keller (1950-2023), whose work inspired the exploration of the interfacing between Reformed ‘orthodoxy’ and ‘modernity’ in evangelism and public theology. Proposals that explore the diversity of Reformed theological engagement with public and populist issues in specific local contexts, critical investigations of historical examples of the use (or misuse) of particular Reformed doctrines for the sake of public engagement, or arguments that reflect on the promise or limits of the relationship between Reformed theology and the public imagination, evangelicalism, secularism, and pluralism are welcome.
For a co-sponsored session with the Queer Studies in Religion unit, we invite papers constructively, historically, and/or critically engaging Hanna Reichel's After Method: Queer Grace, Conceptual Design, and the Possibility of Theology, for an author-meets-critics panel.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
David Chao, Princeton Theological Seminary1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Cambria Kaltwasser, Northwestern College, Orange City1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028
Hanna Reichel, Princeton Theological Seminary1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Michelle Sanchez, Harvard University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, Reformed Theological Seminary1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028