Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Fundamental Theology and Method Topic Session

Administrative Team:

John Thiel (Convener)
Daniel Rober
Jennifer Martin

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
In keeping with the convention theme of “Justice and Mercy,” the Fundamental Theology and Method section seeks papers for its topic session that address any area of fundamental theology and method, particularly those relating to these issues. Areas of exploration might include mercy and Justice as interpretive categories for fundamental theology and thus for various Christian doctrines (theology of God, Christology, redemption, etc.); mercy as an overlooked theological locus; method and its relationship to justice in liberation theologies; philosophies of forgiveness and their theological resonance; mercy and the New Evangelization; or justice, mercy, and the problem of suffering.

Paper proposals should substantially outline the argument of the paper in 200-500 words. You should also include a 100-word précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted. Please provide your name, institution, and contact information, including e‐mail. Also indicate whether you will be requiring A/V equipment, as this will affect room assignment and ability to use such equipment in your presentation.

CTSA guidelines require that those making proposals ordinarily be associate or full members in good standing with their dues paid up. Anyone with an associate or full membership application on file can also submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming June convention. No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention. An exception is made for members of under‐represented groups, not including presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology. A new CTSA rule stipulates that a member may not present more than two years in a row. Voluntary observance of this rule in paper submission will be greatly appreciated.

Deadline: September 1, 2015.  Please submit proposals to: John Thiel,

You will be notified by e‐mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2015.