AAR TWW 2019 Panels

Theology Without Walls 2019 AAR Panels

M23-300

Theology Without Walls Group
 
Theme: Rising Scholars Discussion
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Saturday - 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Catalina (South Tower - Fourth Level)

This will be a free-for-all discussion among emerging Theologians Without Walls, following brief opening remarks by a senior scholar and a younger scholar. Obvious topics include: how to be a transreligious theologian and where one sees one's own work on the developing theological landscape.

Panelists:

John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
John Becker, Center for Process Studies, Claremont

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M23-401

Theology Without Walls Group

Theme: Planning Meeting
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Saturday - 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Catalina (South Tower - Fourth Level)

A discussion of panel topics, journal topics, and other issues pertaining to the future of Theology Without Walls. One focus will be the new Routledge volume edited by Martin, Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Imperative.

John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
Publications

Jeanine Diller, University of Toledo
Models of God

Kurt Anders Richardson, University of Toronto
Global Trends

Business Meeting:
Christopher Denny, St. John's University

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M24-406

Theology Without Walls Group

Theme: Book Reception for Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Imperative
Sunday - 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Pacific 14 (First Level)

We will celebrate the publication of this landmark volume of essays with food, drink, and talk. At 6:45, we will hear very brief presentations by Robert Neville, Christopher Denny, Kurt Richardson, John Thatamanil, Wesley Wildman, Jeanine Diller, Linda Mercadante, Mark Heim, Francis Clooney, and Jeffery Long to exhibit the range, scope, and diversity of the contributions.

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M25-110

Theology Without Walls Group

Theme: Theology Without Walls versus Deep Religious Commitment?
Mark Heim, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School, Presiding
Monday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Marriott Marquis-Torrey Pines 1 (North Tower - Lobby Level)

Our religious lives have existential grip. We commit ourselves fully to them. That seems to be essential to their being transformative. TWW seems to lack existential grip. It may even appear to be incompatible with having religious commitments. It may appear to require a tabula rasa and a “view from nowhere.” How can an intense commitment to a single vision relate to a theological project that is more encompassing?

Jeanine Diller, University of Toledo
How to Theologize Globally and Affiliate Locally

Bin Song, Washington College
Wang Longxi’s "Seeded Open Inclusivism": TWW with Deep Commitment in Neo-Confucianism

Robert C. Neville, Boston University
Theology Without Walls and the Existential Depth of Religion

Kurt Anders Richardson, University of Toronto
Mythologizing or De-Mythologizing in Theology: Transcending the Dichotomy

Linda A. Mercadante, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
A Theology for the Spiritual But Not Religious?

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M25-201

Theology Without Walls Group

Theme: Does the Heavenly City Have Gates? Eschatology Without Walls
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Monday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Rancho Sante Fe 3 (North Tower - Lobby Level)

While John Hick is usually identified with a Kantian conviction that takes religions to be phenomenal representations of an unknowable Reality, his book, Death and Eternal Life, may provide a better model for TWW. There he present relevant evidence about whether we survive death and, if so, what sort of self survives. He draws insights and arguments, not only from the religions, but also from the sciences, philosophy, parapsychology, and the humanist perspective. Panelists are asked to address the question: What speculations on death and the afterlife do you find most persuasive? What kinds of evidence and argument do you find most compelling?

Jan-Olav Henriksen, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
Experiential Evidence for an Eschatology without Walls? Hick’s Position from a Pragmatist Perspective

Michael T. McLaughlin, Old Dominion University
Hick’s Eschatology of Mutuality in Higher Worlds Meets Affect in Spinoza

Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College
Reflections on Rebirth: Science, Christianity, and Vedanta in Conversation

Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University
Relentless Love of the Afterlife

Christopher Denny, St. John's University
Aesthetic Persuasion and Eschatology: What Literature Can Teach Us about the Next World

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