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2015 Call for Papers

The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on January 15-16, 2015 on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The theme of the conference is “Locating Atonement.” We have invited plenary lectures from five major theologians (Horton, Levering, McCormack, Myers, and Stump) 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.

Beyond the five plenary papers, nine papers will be selected from the responses to this call. We are especially seeking papers that are theologically constructive accounts of atonement, describing how God reconciles sinners to himself. We are not looking for papers that discuss competing “models of the atonement.” The metaphor in the conference title is location, so the guiding question for proposed papers should be “where does atonement happen?” Proposed papers may juxtapose atonement with other doctrines in order to situate it (as may be noted in the titles of the plenary papers, “atonement and x”), but they should not change the subject from atonement proper to its implications for other loci.

Those with completed doctorate degrees are invited to submit paper proposals on this year’s theme. The focus of the conference is on constructive or systematic theology, rather than upon exegesis, the history of doctrine, or social scientific approaches to religion. Papers that engage the theological tradition as a means of theological retrieval are most welcome.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to before July 15, 2014. An acceptable paper will be approximately 3,500 words (to be delivered in 35 minutes with 5–10 minutes for Q&A).

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