Call for Papers

Theological Explorations in Time and Space

Guest editors: R. T. Mullins (University of St Andrews), David Anzalone (University of Lucerne), Ben Page (Durham University)
Lucerne

In 1969, T.F. Torrance published Space, Time, and Incarnation. This brought together recent work in philosophy and science on the nature of space and time in order to explore the implications for theology. Torrance’s theology engaged with the scientific thought of Albert Einstein and James Clerk Maxwell, as well as the temporal logic of A.N. Prior. The influence of this work on subsequent theology cannot be overstated. Yet, a great deal has changed since 1969, and most contemporary discussions in theology show little awareness of recent advancements in the metaphysics of time and space. The field of analytic theology has started to make progress in these areas, but much work remains to be done. 

We invite papers that offer a theological or religious engagement with philosophical issues related to time and space. Papers can be from any religious, theological, or atheological tradition. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) God’s relationship to time and space. Defences of traditional understandings

of timelessness and omnipresence using recent work in temporal ontology,

such as the moving spotlight. Alternative models of the God-world relationship

that engage with the metaphysics of time and space.

2) Divine foreknowledge, providence, and temporal logic. This could include

theological explorations of the open or closed future, or alternative ontologies

such as fragmentalism.

3) Religious perspectives on personal identity over time. Papers could include

discussions on the doctrines of the resurrection, salvation and enlightenment,

Samsāra, and eschatology.

4) Theological explorations of hypertime and hyperspace.

5) Time, space, and the incarnation.

6) Does time have a beginning? Papers could debate rival doctrines of creation,

the kalpas, or Sunyata.

 

Full papers should be submitted via our website: https://ojs.uclouvain.be/index.php/theologica/index or sent to: managingeditor.theologica@gmail.com. In order to contribute equally to scientific international discussions held in several languages, articles written in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are accepted.

Visit the TheoLogica homepage for a description of the journal and instructions to authors.

Guest editors: R. T. Mullins (University of St Andrews), David Anzalone (University of Lucerne), Ben Page (Durham University); with the collaboration of the Society for Philosophy of Time