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2018 Call for Papers


The Sixth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on January 18-19, 2018 on the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. The theme of the conference is “The Christian Doctrine of Humanity” and the plenary sessions will feature Marc Cortez (Wheaton College), Megan Defranza (Boston University School of Theology), Hans Madueme (Covenant College), Ian McFarland (University of Cambridge), and Frances Young (University of Birmingham).

Theological anthropology is a vast and complex doctrinal subject which needs to be elaborated with careful attention to its relation to other major doctrines. It must confess the glory and misery of humanity, from creation in the image of God to the fall into a state of sin. It must reckon with a holism that spans distinctions between body, soul, and spirit, and a unity that encompasses male and female, as well as racial and cultural difference. Our invited plenary speakers will engage the doctrine comprehensively, and we are seeking 9 shorter papers for parallel sessions which likewise come to the task of theological anthropology 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 before Friday, June 23, 2017. 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: LATC2018 Scholarship Form.

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