About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Galatians at St Andrews

In my opinion, Galatians is Paul's most interesting letter; it's certainly worthy of far more attention that that overhyped effort he sent to Rome. So I'm pleased to see that the University of St Andrews is hosting a conference from 10-13 July 2012 on Paul's Letter to the Galatians and Christian Theology. Speakers include Richard Hays, Tom Wright and Bruce McCormack.

If the 2006 conference on Hebrews (which I attended; I didn't get to 2009's one on Genesis) is anything to go by, this should be a very stimulating event. But it's also likely to be expensive, so you'd better start saving now.

Proposals for short papers are invited on these themes:

  • Galatians & Art
  • Galatians & Christian Doctrine
  • Galatians & Ethics
  • Galatians & the History of Interpretation
  • Galatians & Eschatology
  • Jewish and Christian Readings of Galatians.
Hopefully, there will actually be some papers on Galatians and Christian Doctrine. I don't know what happened at the Genesis conference, but, if I remember correctly, the conference on Hebrews was dominated by contributions from biblical studies researchers. This isn't a problem as such, but you'd hope that in a series of conferences suffixed with ...and Christian Theology, there would be some short papers that fit this bill.

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