2020 Call for Papers

The Eighth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held on January 16-17, 2020 on the campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The theme of the conference is “The Third Person of the Trinity,” and the plenary sessions will feature Esther Acolatse, Daniel Castelo, Lucy Peppiatt, Ephraim Radner, and Fred Sanders.

In recent decades theologians have given much attention to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, recognizing it as a fruitful and central topic in Christian thought. Judging from the volume of publications and the range of perspectives on offer, the theology of the third article of the creed is not currently in danger of neglect. Because pneumatology is related to so many possible topics and themes in systematic theology, it sometimes seems scattered or diffused across the surface of contemporary thought. This is especially the case when discussion of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit takes place in all the outlying areas of doctrine and practice, without adequate attention to its primary home, the doctrine of God.

The 2020 Los Angeles Theology Conference, “The Third Person of the Trinity,” will engage pneumatology as an element in the doctrine of the triune God. The goal of the conference is to offer constructive proposals for understanding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit with historical depth, ecumenical scope, and analytic clarity. We are inviting theologians (philosophical, biblical, historical, and otherwise) to address this vital Christian doctrine.

We are seeking 9 shorter papers for parallel sessions which likewise contribute to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit 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 250 words should be sent to by Friday, June 21, 2019.  An acceptable paper will be approximately 3,500 words (to be delivered in 35 minutes with 5–10 minutes for Q&A).

NOTE: Some 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: LATC-Scholarship-Form.


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