The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference

January 15-16, 2015, Biola University

Locating Atonement

The theme of LATC 2015 will be the doctrine of atonement. We are inviting theologians who can situate the doctrine of the atonement in its larger systematic theological context, show its connections and implications with other doctrines, and thus throw light on where atonement takes place.

Our five plenary speakers will be:

Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California: Atonement and Ascension

Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary: Atonement and Creation

Bruce McCormack, Princeton Theological Seminar: Atonement and Human Suffering

Ben Myers, Charles Sturt University: Atonement and the Image of God

Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University: Atonement and Eucharist

A call for papers will be issued in the summer. To receive updates on the conference by e-mail, sign up in the sidebar of the Schedule page.



Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics

Throughout the last century theologians gave great attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, and succeeded in restoring it to a central place in Christian thought. But as they highlighted the novelty of the revolutionary new trinitarianism, a number of generalizations and simplifications crept into the discussion: a contrast between a supposed “Eastern” view versus a “Western” view; a social and perichoretic foundation for divine unity; and considerable scapegoating of major historical figures, especially among early Latin theologians.

What is needed today is a re-evaluation of the twentieth-century trinitarian revolution in light of more careful historical retrievals of major thinkers from the classic tradition, in light of interesting developments in analytic theology, and in light of more nuanced conversations among representatives frombetween different Christian traditions.

The 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference, “Advancing Trinitarian Theology,” makes constructive progress in the doctrine of the Trinity by highlighting the counter-revolutionary trends in the most recent trinitarian thought, and aligning the trinitarian revival with the ongoing task of retrieving the classical doctrine of the Trinity.



“The Los Angeles Theology Conference is an exciting new venture. It not only provides high-level theological discussion for people on the West Coast. At the same time it also makes a signal contribution to revitalizing interest in the kind of classical theological themes that are essential to the future of the church. Its proceedings promise to be a standard point of reference in the years to come.”
—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

“The first LA Theology Conference was a smash. Lectures and panel discussions were of the highest caliber, accommodations and the management of the conference were superb, and it all took place in sunny Southern California, proving that good weather and good theology are not incompatible. May it be the first of many big hits.”

—Peter Leithart, President, Trinity House, Birmingham, AL


Future Conference Topics:

2015: Atonement
2016: Pneumatology
2017: Dogmatics
2018: Theological Anthropology

Biola UniversityBiola University—Torrey Honors InstituteFuller Theological SeminaryZondervan Academic