AAR/ TWW 2018 Panels Schedule

Theology Without Walls Panels

AAR 2018 National Meeting : Denver, colorado November 17 – 20

 

M17-300 – Theology Without Walls Group
Theme: Rising Scholars and the Future of Trans-religious Theology
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Saturday – 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Grand Hyatt-Mt. Columbia (Third Level)

Join us for a free-for-all discussion with opening comments aimed at helping scholars in process. All are invited who are interested in comparative theology, theology of religions, systematic theology, and American religion.

Robert C. Neville, Boston University
How to Become a Theologian Without Walls

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Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Center for Process Studies
Theology Without Walls: Motive, Means, and Opportunity

M17-402 – Theology Without Walls Group
Theme: Planning Meeting
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Saturday – 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Grand Hyatt-Mt. Columbia (Third Level)

Join us for a discussion of future panels and other projects of the Theology Without Walls group. All are invited who are interested in comparative theology, theology of religions, systematic theology, and American religion.

Panelists:

John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
Kurt Anders Richardson, McMaster University

M19-101 – Theology Without Walls Group
Theme: Confessional Theology versus Theology Without Walls
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Monday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Hyatt-Mt. Oxford (Third Level)

Theology Without Walls proposes that, first, theology – take into account all genuine epiphanies wherever they can be found and, second, confessions not limit what epiphanies can be into account or require that such epiphanies be re-conceptualized to fit its theology. Do those proposals make TWW incompatible with confession-based theology? Or, given the protean character of religious traditions, might existing confessions have sufficient plasticity to accommodate unfamiliar truths? Instead of spiritual epiphanies being judge by conformity to one’s confession, should one’s confession be judged by its ability to give adequate expression to the full range of spiritual truths? This panel will explore both the conflicts and the synergy between confessional and transreligious theologizing and address issues in comparative theology, Hindu-Christian theology, and systematic theology.

Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University
Are There Permeable Walls in Catholic and Hindu Traditions?

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S. Mark Heim, Yale University
Comprehending Multiple Truths

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Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College
Hinduism Without Walls

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Anselm Min, Claremont Graduate University
Is Catholic Tradition Open to All Truths?

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John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
Modes of Spiritual Wisdom/Dimensions of the Divine Life

M19-200 – Theology Without Walls Group
Theme: Religious Belonging, SBNR, and the Task of Theology
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado, Presiding
Monday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Grand Hyatt-Mt. Oxford (Third Level)

Does theology require a religious home and identity, or can it be a free-ranging inquiry into the divine/ultimate reality? Is multiple religious identity possible and, if so, how does one theologize from that standpoint? Is drawing on multiple religious influences inevitably superficial? Can the Spiritual But Not Religious theologize or think rigorously about the divine reality and, if so, how might they best go about that? This panel will address issues in comparative theology, theology of religions, spiritual experience, and American religion.

Linda A. Mercadante, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
How Should the SBNRs Theologize?

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Rory McEntee, Drew Univsersity
Multiple Religious Belonging or No Belonging? Discernment, Religious Depth, and TWW as Spiritual Practice

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Kurt Anders Richardson, McMaster University
What is Theological Literacy in TWW?

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Jon Paul Sydnor, Emmanuel College, Boston
Theology as a Spiritual Journey

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