2021, #1 - Contextual Theology and Human Experience

We announce the special issue (No. 1, 2021) on the contemporary contextual theology.

Christian theology has often been perceived as universally true regardless of the particular circumstances out of which it emerged; basically, it was presupposed that it has emerged from Scripture and Tradition. As a result, Western Christianity being beyond critical questioning has been imposed on very different cultures in other parts of the world. Due to insights of postmodernism and post-structuralism, the twenty-first century Christian theology is influenced by the shift to viewing human knowledge as shaped by specific cultural and socio-political context. Contextual theology is based on the interpretation of the experience of that context; it is itself also interpreted and re-interpreted by the context. Moreover, Christian theology not only arises out of specific context but in some sense is bound to this context. This gives rise to the questions whether theology of any kind is totally bound by the context, or it is able to transcend it? How is it possible to identify all these different theologies as Christian, regardless of the context?

In general, contextual theology takes into account the experience of the past, recorded in Scripture and preserved in the Church’s Tradition, and the experience of the present or a particular context influenced by social conditions, as well as contemporary religious and secular culture. Contextual theology insists that present human experience is a crucial part of the theological task. To recognize that Scripture and Tradition records the past experience in its particular context gives equal value to the present experience and its context. Thus, contextual theology is a theology of rich and challenging dialogue that tries to articulate today’s context and experience in discussion with the experience of Christians down through the ages.

In the thematic issue, classical theological topics such as God and Trinity, Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc., will be discussed in the light of the experience of Christians from various parts of the world, as well as in the perspective of sharp ethical problems, which face the humanity today.
We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Liberation Theology;
  • Black Theology;
  • Post-Colonial Theology;
  • Theology of Creation/Ecology;
  • Theology of Gender and Feminist Theology;
  • Theology of Family/Fertility;
  • Theology of Sexuality and Sexual Identity.

The guest editor of the issue: Elena Stepanova (Institute of Philosophy and Law, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences).

Important dates:
The brief (200-250 words) description of the suggested article: 31 December, 2019
Submission of the article: 1 June, 2020Instruction for authors: http://srch.ranepa.ru/for-authors

Contacts: religion@ranepa.ru; stepanova.elena.a@gmail.com