2017 Call for Papers

The Fifth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on January 12-13, 2017 on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The theme of the conference is “The Task of Dogmatics” and the plenary sessions feature Kevin Vanhoozer (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Katherine Sonderegger (Virginia Theological Seminary), Michael Allen (Reformed Theological Seminary), Scott Swain (Reformed Theological Seminary), and Henri Blocher (Faculte Libre de Theologie Evangelique, Vaux-sur-Seine, France).

John Webster was scheduled to participate in this conference. His death in May 2016 is a blow to theology and a major loss for LATC 2017. The conference and the book that comes from it will be dedicated to John.

Theologians often discuss method in a remote and preliminary way that suggests they are not yet speaking theologically when speaking methodologically. But it is also possible to reflect on the work of Christian dogmatics in a way that is self-consciously nourished by biblical reasoning, resourced by tradition, joined up with ecclesial practice, and alert to spiritual dynamics. Our invited plenary speakers are actively engaged in the writing and editing of extended dogmatics projects. The 2017 Los Angeles Theology Conference invites breakout papers that provide constructive accounts of the nature of the dogmatic task.

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 June 20, 2016. An acceptable paper will be approximately 3,500 words (to be delivered in 35 minutes with 5–10 minutes for Q&A).

NOTE: Scholarships are available for applicants without alternative sources of funding. Applications for scholarships from minorities and women are particularly encouraged. Those making scholarship applications must submit a completed Scholarship Application Form with their proposal, which can be found at this link: LATC2017 Scholarship Form.

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