Call for Papers
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We invite pastors, professors and students to submit proposals for presentations on Arminius, Arminianism and other related matters, including the following topics and questions:
Arminius in the Church and Ministry Today: How does Arminian theology address some of the hot button issues facing Christians today, including biblical inerrancy, substitutionary atonement, the divinity of Jesus, the Virgin Birth, the Second Coming, spiritual warfare, etc.? Did he envision creation as instantaneous or more of a process? How did Arminius think about original sin, the freedom and bondage of the will, the causes and means of salvation, the relationship of justification and sanctification? Did Arminius really believe in entire sanctification in this life? How might he help us preach a biblical theology of election and covenant, including the passages mentioning predestination? What can we learn about expository preaching from Arminius? Would Arminius lead us to a kind of evangelistic preaching that stresses personal decision or not? What would he say is the purpose of worship? What guidance might he give us about the worship wars today? What core beliefs of Evangelicals might Arminius help us articulate? How might Arminius help us to get past self-reinforcing stereotypes between Reformed and Wesleyan Christians? Are there present examples of deep fellowship and collaboration between Reformed and Wesleyan Christians? How did Arminius model grace under fire and deal with conflict? Did Arminius have doubts, and how did he wrestle with those? How did his unconventional family life as an orphaned child shape his academic career and his ministry? How did he benefit from and practice mentoring? How did he put the creeds and catechisms of the Church to practical use? How did he hold together the life of the academy and the life of the Church?
|Arminius in Historical and Contemporary Theology and Philosophy: To what extent was Arminius indebted to the Church Fathers, particularly Augustine? To what extent was he influenced by Aquinas or by nominalism? What are some continuities and discontinuities between Arminius and notable Reformers and Reformed theologians, including: Luther, Calvin, Beza, Knox, Owen, Edwards, Schleiermacher, Barth, Newbigin, et al.? What are some of the continuities and discontinuities between Arminius and his Remonstrant followers such as Wtenbogaert, Episcopius, and Grotius? Between Arminus and Anglicans such as Cranmer, Hooker, John Wesley, Charles Wesley, John Fletcher? Between Arminius and notable Methodist and Wesleyan-Holiness theologians? What were the points of commonality and the reasons for division between Reformed and Wesleyan theologians and ministers in the past (e.g., Wesley and Whitfield)? What philosophical influences shaped Arminius' theological and exegetical methods, and what epistemological developments did he anticipate or precipitate? To what extent did he make space for the emergence of open and relational theologies? What does Arminius have to offer contemporary theological reflection on the problem of evil? Are there significant resonances of Arminius with Liberation and Feminist theologies today? How does Arminian theology fit in the history of commercial slavery and abolitionism, colonialism and post-colonialism?|
Proposals may be submitted from now through November 10, 2011.