Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Historical Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Shawn Colberg, St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary (Convener)
Daria Spezzano, Providence College
Rita George-Tvrtković, Benedictine University

Convention Theme: Sensus Fidelium

Session Description:
The Historical Theology Session invites papers that explore the notion of sensus fidelium and its origin and development in the Christian tradition. Such exploration might include considerations of pneumatology, ecclesiology, liturgy, the development of doctrine, the roles of councils, heretical movements and specific expressions or applications of sensus fidelium such as the rule of faith, canonicity, or lex orandi/lex credendi. Papers might also attend to the following questions: What are the historical roots of the notion of sensus fidelium as expressed in Lumen Gentium, and how has the Church understood the sensus itself to be formed? Are there particular theologians in history who have best articulated this notion, or others who seem to contest it? Can we point to times of “universal agreement” in history when the sensus fidelium seemed particularly well expressed? What about times when such agreement was especially lacking?

While proposals focusing on any historical period will be considered, those dealing with patristic topics are especially welcome.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Proposal should be between 200 and 500 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Include full name and contact information of all participants, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether your presenters will be requiring A/V equipment. 
  • 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, with the exception of members of under-represented groups.

Deadline: September 1, 2014.  Please submit proposals to: Shawn Colberg at
You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2014.