2019 Call for Papers


The Seventh Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on January 17-18, 2019 on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The theme of the conference is “Divine Action and Providence” and the plenary sessions will include William Abraham (Perkins School of Theology), Oliver Crisp (Fuller Theological Seminary), Christine Helmer (Northwestern University), and Philip Ziegler (University of Aberdeen).

The claim that God acts in the world is surely a basic theological claim, but it is one that has been construed in a wide variety of ways in the Christian theological tradition. In some accounts, God appears as the largest, first, and most powerful agent. In others, God is portrayed as the transcendent ground of all finite agency, while never acting on the same plane as other agents. The Christian doctrine of providence demands clear and deep thinking about God’s relation to the world, about the nature of omnipotence, and about the theological meaning of the course of history. Ideas of miracle, natural law, intervention, and double agency are all closely linked in this fundamental Christian doctrinal complex.

Our invited plenary speakers will engage the doctrine comprehensively, and we are seeking 9 shorter papers for parallel sessions which likewise contribute to the theology of divine action and providence with constructive accounts and proposals.

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 the merely descriptive phases of 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 by July 1, 2018. 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:  LATC2019 Scholarship Form.


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