Programs

Programs of the American Theological Society, 1912-2017

The Erdman Center at Princeton Theological Seminary, where
American Theological Society Members stay for the annual meeting.

October 1912

Theme: WHAT IS THEOLOGY?

Paper: E. W. Lyman, “What is Theology?”

Paper: George Cross, “What is Theology?”

Three Brief Papers: W. D. Mackenzie, M. G. Evans, G. A. Coe, “What is Religion?”

Presidential Address: William Adams Brown, “Problems of Present-Day Constructive Theology”


March 1913

Theme: WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN RELGION?

Paper: Frank C. Porter, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Historical Approach)

Paper: A. C. McGiffert, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Historical Approach)

Paper: W. W. Fenn, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Theological Approach)

Paper: Dickinson Miller, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Theological Approach)

Paper: Allen M. Dulles, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Practical Approach)

Paper: Arthur P. Hunt, “What is the Christian Religion?” (Practical Approach)


October 1913

Theme: THE PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS OF THEISM

Paper: A. L. Gillett, “The Present Situation in Philosophy as Concerns the Philosophical Basis of Theism” (Epistemological Aspect)

Paper: E. H. Sneath, “The Present Situation in Philosophy as Concerns the Philosophical Basis of Theism” (Metaphysical Aspect)

Paper: Rufus M. Jones, “Belief in the Personality of God: Is it Religiously Necessary and Justified?”

Paper: Rufus M. Jones, “Belief in the Personality of God: Is it Philosophically Defensible?”

Presidential Address: David Evans, “The Philosophical Significance of Religious Values”


April 1914

Symposium: THE FACT AND MEANING OF REVELATION

Paper: Francis Brown, “Revelation in the Old Testament”

Paper: Frank C. Porter, “Revelation the New Testament”

Paper: Edward S. Drown, “Revelation in Christianity”

Paper: W. M. Groton, “Revelation in Christianity”

Paper: Duncan Macdonald, “Sidelights on the Fact and Meaning of Revelation from the Study of Islam”

Theme: IS THERE PROOF OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD?

Paper: Spencer Meiser, “The Present States of the Cosmological, Teleological, and Ontological Arguments”

Paper: Thomas C. Hall, “The Thomistic Argument”

Paper: George Cross, “The Argument from Religious Experience”

Paper: D. C. Macintosh, “Theology as an Empirical Science”


October 1914

Theme: CHRISTOLOGY

Paper: Kirsopp Lake, “To What Extent was the Teaching of Jesus Eschatological?”

Paper: B. Becon, “To What Extent was the Teaching of Jesus Eschatological?”

Paper: Milton Evans, “Is Belief in the Historicity of Jesus Indispensable to Christian Faith?”

Papers: W. W. Fenn, F. A. Starrett, “The Present Significance of the Divinity of Christ”

Presidential Address: William D. MacKenzie, “What is the Relation of the Living Christ to Christian Experience?”


April 1915

Theme: PROBLEMS SUGGESTED BY THE WAR

Historical and Psychological Problems

Paper: R. E. Hume, “War and Religion in Hinduism”

Paper: D. B. Macdonald, “War and Religion in Mohammadanism”

Paper: A. C. McGiffert, “War and Religion in Christianity”

Ethical and Practical Problems

Paper: George Cross, “International Relations and Christian Ethics”

Paper: John R. Mott, “The Effect of the War on Christian Witness (?) in the World”

Theological and Philosophical Problems

Paper: William Adams Brown, “Divine Providence”

Paper: D. S. Miller, “The Problem of Evil”


December 1915

Theme: SOTERIOLOGY AND ETHICS

Paper: A. P. Hunt, “Are the Main Accounts of Christian Ethics Justified?”

Paper: W. P. Ladd, “The Relation of the Christian community and the Experience of Salvation”

Paper: R. M. Vaughan, “The Value of the Idea of an Incarnation of God in the Preaching of the Gospel”

Paper: F. C. Porter, “The Bearing of the Literary Character of the Writings of Paul on their Theological Use”

Two Papers: W. A. Brown, B. W. Bacon, “A review and Critique of Professor Royce’s Problem of Christianity, vol. 1, with reply by Royce

Presidential Address: George Cross, “The Place of Soteriology in a System of Theology”


April 1916

Theme: THE BEARING OF THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION UPON THEOLOGY

Paper: J. B. Pratt, “The Significance of Mysticism for Religious Knowledge”

Paper: D. C. Macintosh, “Has the Psychology of Religion Undermined Empirical Theology (A Reply to Professor Leuba)”

Paper: G. A. Coe, “Religious Testimony as Fact for Psychology”

Paper: D. S. Miller, “Subconscious and Unconscious in Relation to Religious Experience”

Paper: R. M. Jones, “The Empirical Argument for the Existence of God”

Paper: A. L. Gillet, “The Psychological Basis of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit”


November 1916

Theme: THE EDUCATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

Paper: A. M. Dulles, “Can Unity of End be Secured in the Teaching of a Theological Seminary?”

Paper: W. P. Ladd, “Seminary vs. University”

Paper: Frederic Palmer, “The Education of the Christian Missionary”

Presidential Address: E. S. Drown, “A Problem (?) in Christology”


April 1917

Theme: THE THEOLOGIES OF RITSCHL AND TROELTSCH

Paper: Foakes Jackson, “The Theological Curriculum”

Paper: E. A. Cook, “Ritschl on Value Judments”

Paper: L. C. Lewis, “Troeltsch vs. Ritschl”

Paper: W. A. Brown, “The Contribution of Troeltsch to Theology”

Paper: D. C. Macintosh, “Troeltsch’s Theology of Religious Knowledge”


November 1917

Theme: WHAT IS THE BEST CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS

Paper: A. C. McGiffert, “Luther and the Unfinished Reformation”

Brief Papers on Apologetics by Each Member Present

Presidential Address (postponed, see April 1918)


April 1918

Theme: CHRISTOLOGY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Paper: Frederic Palmer, “The Synoptic, the Pauline, and the Johannine Conceptions of Jesus”

Paper: Foakes Jackson, “The Christ of the New Testament and the Christ of Today”

Paper: Kirsopp Lake, “Christology Primitive and Modern”

Paper, C. R. Brown, “The Conception of the Death of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels”

Presidential Address (postponed from November 1917): Frank C. Porter, “The Bearing of New Testament Studies on Christology”


1919

Theme: RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY

Paper: W. A. Brown, “The Nature and Limits of the Authority of the Church”

Paper: A. M. Dulles, “The Authority of Jesus and the Scriptures”

Paper, S. B. Meiser, “Is Auhority Essential to the Conception and Functioning of Religion?”

Two Brief Papers: Henry Sloan Coffin, E. W. Lyman, “The Place of Authority in Religion”

Presidential Address: A. C. McGiffert, “Democracy and Religion”


1920

Theme: THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE CONCERNING THE FUTURE

Paper: Robert E. Hume, “The Hopes and Fears of a Future Life in the Monotheistic Religions”

Paper: E. Hershey, “Plato’s Arguments for Immortality”

Paper: Frank C. Porter, “The Nature and Grounds of Paul’s Assurance of Immortality”

Paper: Rufus M. Jones, “The Religious Significance of Death”

Three Papers: Daniel Evans, E. S. Drown, Richard M. Vaughan, “Psychic Research and the Life Beyond Death”

Presidential Address: D. C. Macintosh, “Contemporary Christian Atheism”


1921

Theme: THEISM

Paper: E. S. Drown, “The Validity of the Idea of God”

Paper: A. M. Dulles, “The Meaning of the Term ‘God’”

Paper: E. W. Lyman, “Why We Believe in God”

Paper: Dickinson S. Miller, “The Experience of God”

Presidential Address: R. M. Jones, “The Mystic’s Experience of God”


1922

Theme: THE NATURE AND GROUNDS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF

Paper: E. S. Brightman, “The Reasonableness of Theistic Belief”

Paper: A. C. McGiffert, “Christian Theism”

Paper: W. P. Montague, “A Realist’s Conception of God”

Paper: John Baillie, “Some Reflections on the Ground of Theistic Belief”

Paper: E. S. Drown, “Christian Theism”

Paper: W. A. Brown, “The Reasonableness of Theistic Belief”

No Presidential Address: A. M. Dulles absent because of Illness


1923

Theme: RELIGIOUS EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE SOCIAL APPROACH TO RELIGION

Paper: Durant Drake, “The Significance of Critical Realism for Religious Knowledge”

Paper: W. H. Sheldon, “A New Interpretation of the Ontological Argument”

Paper: A. C. Knudson, “The Significance of Religious Values for Religious Knowledge”

Paper: H. C. Vedden, “The Social Significance of Primitive Christianity”

Presidential Address: E. W. Lyman, “The Place of Intuition in Religious Experience and its Value as Knowledge”


1924

Theme: THE RELGIOUS BEARING OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Paper: G. R. Wells, “Suggestion and Religious Development”

Paper: W. K. Wright, “Instinctive Elements of Religion”

Paper: English Bagby, “Certain types of Religious Thought and Conduct Regularly Associated with Inferiority Reaction”

Presidential Address: Milton G. Evans, “The New Psychology and the Doctrine of Sin”


1925

Theme:

Paper: G. B. Smith, “Is Theism Religiously Essential?”

Paper: George B. Cutten, “The Progress of Intelligence”

Presidential Address: W. H. Sneath, “Shall We Have a Creed?”


1926

Theme: THE CHURCH AND CHURCH UNION

Paper: Peter Auslie (?), “Recent History of the Movement toward Church Union”

Paper: Henry C. Sheldon, “Church Union from the Methodist Point of View”

Paper: John A. Marquis, “Church Union from the Presbyterian Point of View”

Paper: A. C. Macintosh, “Church Union from the Baptist Point of View”

Paper: John S. Martin (?), “Church Union from the Baptist Point of View”

Paper: Henry S. Lucker, “Church Union from the Episcopal Point of View”

Presidential Address: (None given, A. L. Gillett absent)


1927

Theme: CHRISTIAN ETHICS

Debate: John Baillie and Durant Drake, “Hedonism”

Paper: W. K. Wright, “The Individualistic Emphasis in Recent Ethics”

Open Forum: “Otto’s Idea of the Holy”

Paper: M. S. Enslin, “The Essential Principles of Christian Morality as Gathered from the New Testament”

Paper: J. B. Pratt, “The Problem of Christian Missions in Buddhist Lands”

Presidential Address: S. B. Meiser, “Why Systematic Theology”


1928

Theme: THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS

Paper: O. W. Warmingham, “The Authority of Jesus for the Modern Mystic”

Paper: D. Evans, “The theological Definition of the Authority of Jesus”

Paper: R. E. Hume, “The Authority of Jesus Among the Non-Christian Religions”

Presidential Address: A. C. Knudson, “The Theology of Crisis”


1929

Theme: THE MEANING OF PERSONALITY

Paper: Ruth L. Benedict, “Varieties of Primitive Religions”

Paper: G. R. Wells, “A Psychologist’s View of Human Personality”

Paper: H. N. Wieman, “The Concept of Personality in Relation to the Idea of God”

Paper: E. W. Lyman, “A Philosophical View of Human Personality”

Presidential Address: W. P. Ladd, “What is the Church?”


1930

Theme: THE CHALLENGE OF HUMANISM

Paper: D. C. Macintosh, “Contemporary Humanism”

Paper: J. S. Bixler, “Dewey’s Gifford Lectures,” (with John Dewey present and responding)

Paper: H. S. Elliott, “The Challenge of Humanism”

Paper: W. M. Horton, “The Dualism of Facts and Values in Humanism”

Presidential Address: R. M Vaughan, “Morality without Religion”


1931

Theme: IMMORTALITY AND PRAYER

Paper: Leonard Hodgson, “The Grounds of the Christian Hope in a Future Life”

Paper: George F. Thomas, “The Idea of Immortality in Recent Philosophies of Value”

Paper: E. F. Scott, “The Teaching of the New Testament Concerning Prayer”

Paper: Angus Dun, “In Search of a Theory of Prayer”

Presidential Address: John Baillie, “The Nature and Reality of God’s Presence in Human Life”


1932

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND HISTORY

Paper: Edgar S. Brightman, “A Temporalist View of God”

Paper: William Kelley Wright, “The Role of the Historian and the Role of the Philosopher”

Paper: G. W. Richards, “The Barthian Philosophy of History”

Paper: J. M. Shaw, “Christianity and the Supernatural”

Paper: Frank C. Porter, “The Place of History in our Religion”

Presidential Address: Durant Drake, “Christianity and Future History”


1933

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND THE SOCIAL ORDER

Paper: Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Social Interpretation of the Christian Message”

Paper: H. Richard Niebuhr, “The Social Gospel and the Mind of Jesus”

Paper: John Bennett, “The Duty of the Church in the Present Crisis”

Paper: Douglas V. Steere, “Is the Social Gospel Adequate?”

Presidential Address: C. B. Hedrick, “Was Troeltsch Right?”


1934

Theme: THE WAYS TO RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE

Paper: James B. Pratt, “Psychology and the Religious Experience”

Paper: D. C. Macintosh, “A Theistic Religious Realism”

Paper: A. S., Woodburne, “Some Differences Between Scientific and Religious Knowing”

Paper: W. H. Sheldon, “Our Knowledge of One another and of God”

Presidential Address: Edgar S. Brightman, “Immediacy”


1935

Theme: ETHICS AND THEOLOGY

Paper: W. P. Ladd, “Christian Ethics from the Historical Point of View”

Paper: W. A. Brown, “A Preface to Christian Ethics”

Paper: E. W. Lyman, “Naturalism, Ethics, and Theology”

Paper: A. C. Knudson, “The Barthian Ethic”

Paper: Rufus W. Jones, “Ethics and Religion”

Presidential Address: J. B. Pratt, “God and the Moral Law”


1936

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND THE COMMUNITY

Paper: Hornell Hart, “Christianity and the Family”

Paper: Henry J. Cadbury, “Christianity and Nationalism”

Paper: George Thomas, “Christianity and Politics”

Presidential Address: J. S. Bixler, “What Price Unity?”


1937

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND ART

Paper: Theodore M. Greene, “Religion and Art”

Paper: Henry Sloan Coffin, “Religion, Music, and Liturgy”

Paper: A. L. Friend, “Religion and the Plastic Arts”

Presidential Address: W. K. Wright, “Christianity and Ethics”


1938

Theme: THE CHURCH

Paper: Robert Calhoun, “A Theological Discussion of the Nature of the Church”

Paper: Angus Dun, “What is the Responsibility of the Theologian to the Church?”

Paper: John Bennett, “The Church and the Social Community”

Presidential Address: W. M. Urban, “Symbolism as a Theological Principle”


1939

Theme: THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION AND HISTORY

Paper: Paul Tillich, “Christian and Other Philosophies of History”

Paper: Percy Urban, “Christianity and History”

Paper: Alban G. Widgery, “Christianity and the Particularity of the Historical”

Presidential Address: R. E. Hume, “Christianity and Other Religions”


1940

Theme: WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH?

Paper: Edgar Brightman, “The Essence of the Christian Faith”

Paper: Vergilius Ferm, “Christian Faith”

Paper: Henry P. Van Dusen, “Jesus Christ: The Norm of Christian Faith”

Presidential Address: Alban G. Widgery, “The Christian Faith of a Contemporary Realist”


1941

Theme: SIN AND SUFFERING

Paper: H. W. Schneider, “The Sociology of the Fall, Redemption and Forgiveness”

Paper: J. S. Bixler, “Love Suffereth Long”

Paper: Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Persistence of Sin in the Life of the Redeemed”

Presidential Address: Angus Dun, “Some Aspects of the Saving Work of Christ”


1942

Theme: REASON AND REVELATION

Paper: John A. Mackay, “Reason and Revelation”

Paper: Charles Lowry, “Reason and Revelation”

Presidential Address: George F. Thomas, “The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy”


1943

Theme: THE ROLE OF NATURAL LAW IN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

Paper: Robert L. Calhoun, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Otto Piper and H. Shelton-Smith

Paper: J. L. Hromadka, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Eugene W. Lyman and Paul Tillich

Presidential Address: Walter M. Horton, “Natural Law and International Order”


1944

Theme: THE ATONEMENT

Paper: M. S. Enslin, “The Atoning Work of Christ in the New Testament” - Responses: E. R. Goodenough and Albert Outler

Paper: Albert C. Knudson, “A Doctrine of the Atonement for the Modern World” - Responses: John C. Bennett and A. G. Widgery

Presidential Address: Paul Tillich, “Estrangement and Reconciliation”


1945

Theme: CONSCIENCE: ITS ROLE IN ETHICS AND RELIGION

Paper: W. K. Wright, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Andrew Banning and George Thomas

Paper: H. Richard Niebuhr, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: John Kuizenga and H. W. Schneider

Presidential Address: Vergilius Ferm, “Oceanic Christianity”


1946

Theme: THEOLOGICAL METHOD

Paper: Paul Tillich, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Edwin A. Aubrey and J. S. Bixler

Paper: E. A. Burtt, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Karl Löwith and Brand Blanshard

Presidential Address: Douglas Steere, “Ascetic Theology”


1947

Theme: THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Paper: Paul Minear, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Otto Piper and Norman Pittinger

Paper: H. Shelton Smith, Title of Paper Missing - Responses: Peter Bertocci and George W. Davis

Presidential Address: H. Richard Niebuhr, “The Catholic Vision”


1948

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND COMMUNISM

Paper: Alban G. Widgery, “Metaphysical and Religious Contrasts Between Christianity and Communism” - Responses: Nels Ferre amd Richard Kroner

Paper: John Bennett, “Christian Ethics and Communist Ethics” - Responses: Edwin A. Burtt amd Vergilius Ferm

Presidential Address: Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Relation of the Christian Faith to the Modern Idea of a Redemptive History”


1949

Theme: THE CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT CONCEPTIONS OF CHURCH AND STATE IN AMERICA

Paper: John Courtney Murray, “Contemporary Conceptions of Catholic Thought on Church and State in the Light of History” - Responses: Henry P. Van Dusen and Charles Lowry

Paper: Edwin E. Aubrey, “Church and State in Contemporary Protestant Thought with Special Reference to the American Scene” - Responses: Irwin Beiler and E. Jerome Johanson

Presidential Address: Norman Pittenger, “Some Considerations on the Theological Enterprise in the Life of the Church”


1950

Theme: EXISTENTIALISM IN ITS HISTORICAL SETTING AND IN ITS THEOLOGICAL

IMPLICATIONS

Paper: Karl Löwith, “Existentialism in its Historical Setting” - Responses: Walter H. Horton and Howard Brinton

Paper: David E. Roberts, “Some Theological Aspects of Existentialism” - Responses: J. A. Heck and John Newton Thomas

Presidential Address: Edwin A. Burtt, “Toward a World Theology”


1951

Theme: DOES ETHICS NEED A THEOLOGICAL BASIS?

Paper: Peter A. Bertocci, “Does Ethics Need a Theological Basis?”: Response: Paul Lehmann

Paper: George Thomas, “Christian and Philosophical Ethics”

Presidential Address: Richard Kroner “The Plight of Theology”


1952

Theme: MYSTICISM AND FAITH IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Paper: Douglas V. Steere, “The Meaning of Mystical Experience” - Responses: Otto Piper and Harold DeWolf

Paper: Vergilius Ferm, “The Relation of Mysticism and Christian Faith” - Responses: Clarence C. Hamilton and Edwin E. Aubrey

Presidential Address: Morton S. Enslin, “The Bible and the Theologian”


1953

Theme: WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?

Paper: Alban G. Widgery, “Elements Common to Christianity and Other Religions” - Responses: George W. Davis and Paul Lehmann

Paper: Walter G. Muelder, “Distinctive Elements in Christianity” - Responses: Paul Tillich and Andrew Banning

Presidential Address: Henry P. Van Dusen, “Spirit, Son, Father: Reflections on the Christian Faith in the Light of the Holy Spirit”


1954

Theme: THE CHRISTIAN HOPE

Paper: Walter M. Horton, “Christian and Secular Hopes for Society”: Response: George F. Thomas

Paper: Paul Minear, “The Relation of Christian Hope to Eschatology” - Responses: Mary E. Lyman and Erick Dinkler

Presidential Address: John C. Bennett, “Revelation and Relativism”


1955

Theme: FREEDOM

Paper: Brand Blanshard, “Philosophical Defenses of Freedom”

Paper: Wilhkelm Pauck, “The Christian Basis of Freedom” - Response: Peter Bertocci

Presidential Address: Otto Piper, “Metamorphosis”


1956

Theme: DEMYTHOLOGIZATION

Paper: Albert C. Outler, “The Positive Value of Myth” - Responses: Edwin A. Burtt and Julian Hartt

Paper: Erich Dinkler, “Rudolf Bultmann and his Program of Demythologizing and Existential Interpretation” - Responses: John Knox and Morton Enslin

Presidential Address: Brand Blanshard, “The Ethics of Belief”


1957

Theme: RELIGION AS ENCOUNTER

Paper: Roger Hazelton, “The Phenomenology of the Encounter” - Responses: Norman Pittinger and J. Calvin Keene

Paper: Julian Hartt, “The Evidential Value of the Encounter” - Responses: Andrew Banning and Daniel D. Williams

Presidential Address: Clarence Hamilton, “Encounter with Reality in Buddhist Madhyamika Philosophy”


1958

Theme: NATURAL THEOLOGY AND THE CHISTIAN FAITH

Paper: George Newton Thomas, “The Place of Natural Theology in the Thought of John Calvin” - Responses: Charles W. Lowry, George S. Hendry

Paper: L. Harold DeWolf, “The Theological Rejection of Natural Theology” - Responses: John H. Hick and Robert E. Cushman

Presidential Address: Nels S. F. Ferre, “Christian Faith and Natural Theology”


1959

Theme: THE SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY OF PAUL TILLICH

Paper: Daniel D. Williams, “The Doctrine of God” - Responses: George F. Thomas and George W. Davis

Paper: Robert Cushman, “The Person of Christ” - Responses: John Knox and Paul Lehmann

Presidential Address: H. Shelton Smith, “Darwinism and American Theology”


1960

Theme: CHRISTIAN ETHICS, THE JUST WAR AND THE LIMITED WAR, AND AMERICAN POLICY

Paper: Paul Ramsey, “The Just War and the Limited War in the Context of Basic Christian Ethics” - Responses: Roger Shinn and William Banner

Paper: John Bennett, “Towards Criteria for a National Policy” - Responses: Charles Lowry and E. A. Burtt

Presidential Address: Albert Outler, “Toward a Reappraisal of John Wesley as a Theologian”


1961

Theme: LEX ORANDI, LEX CREDENDI—THE RELATION BETWEEN WORSHIP AND THEOLOGY

Paper: Horton Davies, “The Continental Liturgical Movement and Its Influence: Theological and Practical Insights” - Response: Roger Hazelton

Paper: Robert E. Cushman, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi” - Responses: William Banner and Douglas Steere

Presidential Address: John Knox, “Jesus and the Church”


1962

Theme: THE SO-CALLED QUEST OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS

Paper: Otto A. Piper, “History and Christology in the New Testament” - Response: W. D. Davies

Paper: William Bradley, “The Theological Quest for the Historical Jesus” - Response: Walter M. Horton

Presidential Address: Harold DeWolf, “Changing Motifs in the Theology and Culture of the Past One Hundred Years: An Essay in Historical Criticism”


1963

Theme: NATURE AND GRACE RECONSIDERED

Paper: Andrew Banning, “Being in Christ—the Context of Grace” - Responses: Carl Michalson and Norman Pittenger

Paper: Eugene Fairweather, “The Latin Theology of Grace—Two Contrasting Motifs” – Responses: Gerald Cragg and Cyril Richardson

Presidential Address: Wilhelm Pauck, “Adolf von Harnack, Theologian and Historian”


1964

Theme: BEING IN CHRIST

Paper: John E. Smith, “The Concept of Logos and the Theological Enterprise” - Responses: J. Alfred Martin and Nels F.S. Ferre

Paper: Paul Lehmann, “The Logos in a World Come of Age” - Responses: George F. Thomas and Paul Minear

Presidential Address: Peter Bertocci, “An Impasse in Philosophical Theology”


1965

Theme: WITH WHAT DOES CHRISTIAN THOUGHT BEGIN?

Paper: Claude Welch, “With What Does Christian Thought Begin?” - Responses: John E. Skinner and Julian N. Hartt

Paper: Nels Ferré, “The ‘Given’ for Christian Theology” - Responses: Harold DeWolf and Charles Lowry

Presidential Address: Paul Ramsey, “Two Concept of General Rules in Christian Ethics”


1966

Theme: THEOLOGY AND COSMOLOGY

Paper: Alfred Stiernotte, “Science and Religion: A Cosmological and Theological Approach” - Responses: Daniel D. Williams and Harold DeWolf

Paper: William Christian, “Can Science Have Import for Theology?” - Responses: Edwin Burtt and Paul Shilling

Presidential Address: Paul Minear, “The Holy Irritation of Renewal: Caused to Reformed and Reformable Churches by the Unreformed and Irreformable Roman Catholic Church”


1967

Theme: HISTORICAL RELATIVISM AND AUTHORITY IN CHRISTIAN DOGMA

Paper: John Meyendorff, “Historical Relativism and Authority in Christian Dogma” - Responses: J. Robert Nelson and Albert Outler

Paper: David M. Stanley, “Authority as a New Testament Reality” - Responses: Morton Enslin and Paul Meyer

Presidential Address: Daniel D. Williams, “The New Theological Situation”


1968

Theme: THE REALITY OF GOD

Paper: George Thomas, “The Reality of God” - Responses: Douglas V. Steere and Frederick Ferré

Paper: Frederick Herzog, “God, Evil and Revolution” - Responses: John Macquarrie and Arthur McGill

Presidential Address: John Smith, “The Reality of God and the Denial of God”


1969

Theme: THE THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS

Paper: Gregory Baum, “‘The Religions’ in Contemporary Roman Catholic Theology” - Responses: Claude Welch and George Tavard

Paper: Wilfred Cantwell Smith, “Participation as a Possible Concept for a Theology of the Religious History of Mankind” - Responses: William Bradley and Lawrence Folkemer

Presidential Address: S. Paul Schilling, “Four Aspect of the Meaning of God”


1970

Theme: THEOLOGY AND TRUTH

Paper: John Macquarrie, “Mystery and Truth” - Responses: James Luther Adams and James Ross

Paper: Robert O. Johann, “Inquiry and Truth” - Responses: Frederick Herzog and Frederick Ferre

Presidential Address: Paul Lehmann, “The Language of Faith and the Function of Theology”


1971

Theme: POLITICAL THEOLOGY: ITS POSSIBILITY AND IMPLICATIONS

Paper: Roger Shinn, “Political Theology in the Crossfire” - Responses: Daniel Day Williams and Frederick Ferré

Paper: Frederick Herzog, “Political Theology in the American Context,” - Responses: J. Robert Nelson and John Deschner

Presidential Address: George Hendry, “The Eclipse of Creation”


1972

Theme: THEOLOGY OF NATURE

Paper: Bernhard W. Anderson, “Man’s Dominion over Nature”

Paper: Gordon Kaufman- “A Problem for Theology: The Concept of Nature”

Presidential Address: Roger Hazelton, “Homo Capax Dei”


1973

Theme: REVELATION

Paper: Schubert Ogden, “On Revelation” - Responses: Gabriel Vahanian and Thomas Langford

Paper: Lou Silberman, “Revelation in Judaism” - Responses: Rosemary Ruether and James H. Cone

Presidential Address: James Luther Adams, “Prototypes of Christian Symbolism: Political, Domestic, and Cybernetic”


1974

Theme: THE SOCIAL CONI’EXT OF THEOLOGY: SEXUAL, RACIAL, AND ECONOMIC

Paper: James H. Cone, “The Social Context of Theology” - Responses: Robert Neville and Stephen Crites

Paper: Rosemary R. Ruether, “The Intimate Enmity: Sexism and Liberation” - Responses: Preston Williams and Gene Outka

Presidential Address: Eugene R. Fairweather, “The Circle of Wisdom: Thoughts on a Septingentenary”


1975

Theme: CHRISTOLOGY: THE MEANING OF JESUS IN THE PRESENT WORLD

Paper: Arthur McGill, “Death as Destination and Nourishment: The Basic Character of and Tension Within the Christian Consideration of Death” - Responses: Owen Thomas, Franklin Young, and W. C. Smith

Paper: Eugene Borowitz, “Contemporary Christologies: A Jewish Response” - Responses: Avery Dulles and William Christian

Memorial Minute: Richard Kroner

Presidential Address: Walter Burghardt, “The Image of God in the Human Person”


1976

Theme: WHAT IS THE PROPER TASK OF THEOLOGY?

Panel I: James Cone, Van Harvey, Carl F. H. Henry, J. Robert Nelson

Panel II: Schubert Ogden, Rosemary Ruether, George Tavard, Manfred Vogel

Presidential Address: Roger L. Shinn, “Perception and Belief”


1977

Theme: WHAT ARE THE DIRECTIONS IN WHICH THEOLOGY MUST MOVE NOW?

Paper: Stephen Crites, “Figures of Things to Come,” - Responses: LeRoy Rouner and Marianne Micks

Paper: David Tracy, “What Are the Directions in Which Theology Must Move Now?” - Responses: Charles Curran and Alvin Plantinga

Memorial Minutes: Will Herberg (Roger Shinn); Cyril Richardson

Presidential Address: Frederick Ferré, “Towards Transformational Theology”


1978

Theme: THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDS

Panel One: Topic - “Who or What Is the Holy Spirit?”

Participants: Bernhard W. Anderson (Hebrew Scriptures), Paul Meyer (New Testament), Richard

Norris (Patristic Period)

Panel Two: Topic - “The Phenomenon of Enthusiasm”

Participants: Walter Burghardt (Montanism), Rosemary Ruether (Joachimism), Gabriel Fackre (Anabaptism)

Memorial Minute: George F. Thomas (Paul Ramsey)

Presidential Address: J. Robert Nelson, “The Holy Spirit: Personal, Ecclesial, Mundane”


1979

Theme: WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT MEAN TO US?

Paper: Robert Jenson, “The Holy Spirit as Spirit of the Believing Community” - Response: Franklin Young

Paper: Robert Neville, “The Holy Spirit as God” - Responses: Gordon Kaufman and Paul van Buren

Presidential Address: Avery Dulles, “The True Church: An Exercise in Theological Nepotism”


1980

Theme: HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NON-HUMAN WORLD

Paper: Roger Shinn, “Science, Theology, and Ethics: The Ecumenical Conversation” - Response: Paul Ramsey

Paper: Charles West, “God - Man/Woman - Creation” - Response: J. Robert Nelson

Presidential Address: Gordon Kaufman, “The Christian Categoreal Scheme”


1981

Theme: HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NON-HUMAN WORLD

Paper: Bernhard W. Anderson, “The Relation between the Human and the Non-Human Creation in the Biblical Primeval History” - Response: Gerard Sloyan

Paper: William May, “On Slaying the Dragon: The American Nature Myth” - Response: David Willis-Watkins

Memorial Minute: Arthur McGill (Gordon Kaufman)

Presidential Address: Carl F. H. Henry, “Revelation and Culture”


1982

Theme: SOURCES AND AUTHORITY IN THEOLOGY: SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION

Paper: Letty Russell, “The Role of Scriptures .in My Theology” - Responses: Margaret Miles and Larry Rasmussen

Paper: Clark Pinnock, “The Role of Tradition in My Theology” - Responses: Gabriel Fackre and Richard Norris

Memorial Minutes: James D. Smart (Roger Shinn); Otto A. Piper (Paul Meyer)

Presidential Address: Eugene Borowitz, “Recent Historical Events: A Comparative Theological Probe”


1983

Theme: HERMENEUTICS AND AUTHORITY

Paper: J. Deotis Roberts, Sr., “The Hermeneutical Circle of Black Theology: Toward an Experiential Perspective” - Responses: John D. Godsey and Pheme Perkins

Paper: Sallie McFague, “Excerpts from Metaphorical Theology” - Responses: Robert Scharlemann and Geoffrey Wright

Presidential Address: J. Alfred Martin, “The Art of Theology”


1984

Theme: JONATHAN EDWARDS

Paper: Robert Jenson, “Jonathan Edwards’ Christology” - Responses: Richard Norris and George Lindbeck

Paper: Paul Ramsey, “Elements in Jonathan Edwards’ Ethics” - Responses: David Smith and Gabriel Fackre

Presidential Address: Charles West, “Reality and Realization: Thoughts on the Structure of an Ethic en Christo”


1985

Theme: THEOLOGY AND LANGUAGE

Paper: Gabriel Vahanian, “God and the Utopianism of Language” - Responses: Lonnie Kliever and Letty Russell

Paper: Robert P. Scharlemann, “The Christological Relation: A Phenomenological Description” - Responses: Richard Norris and Frederick Ferré

Memorial Minute: Hugh Vernon White

Presidential Address: Bernhard W. Anderson, “Cosmic Dimensions of the Genesis Creation Account”


1986

Theme: CREED - THEOLOGY - CULTURE

Paper: Leander Keck, “The New Testament and Nicea: Mostly Preliminary Remarks” - Responses: Pheme Perkins and Gerard Sloyan

Paper: Robert L. Wilken, “The Nicene Creed in Its Historical Setting” - Responses: Avery Dulles and David Power

Presidential Address: John D. Godsey, “Barth and Bonhoeffer: The Basic Difference”


1987

Special 75th Anniversary Panel: TAKING STOCK OF THEOLOGY IN AMERICA TODAY

Moderator: Franz J. van Beeck

Panelists:

Gabriel Fackre - Protestant Theology; Evangelicalism; Black Theology

Letty Russell - The Women’s Presence in Theology; Ethics

Pheme Perkins - The Study of the Bible

Eugene Borowitz - The Jewish Presence in Theology

Avery Dulles - Catholicism; Ecumenism

Theme: CREED - THEOLOGY - CULTURE

Paper: David Novak, “The Role of Doctrine in Judaism” - Response: Paul van Buren

Paper: George A. Lindbeck, “Doctrine in Christianity: A Comparison with Judaism” - Response: Franz J. Van Beeck

Memorial Minute: L. Harold DeWolf (J. Philip Wogaman)

Presidential Address: Richard A. Norris, Jr., “Rules and Speculations: A Look at a Second-Century Controversy”


1988

Theme: A THEOLOGY OF NATURE

Paper: Harold Oliver, “The Neglect and Recovery of Nature in Twentieth Century Protestant Theology” - Response: John Dillenberger

Paper: Erazim Kohak, “Rehabilitating the Prophets of Ba’al” - Response: Paul van Buren

Paper: Marjorie Suchocki, “Language and Process: Toward a Theology of Nature” - Response: James Ross

Panel Discussion: Moderator: Robert Neville

Panelists: Charles Curran, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, and the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: Brand Blanshard (Paul Minear); Orlando Costas (Max Stackhouse); Roger Hazelton (Max Stackhouse); Paul Ramsey (William May); Bard Thompson (Edward L. Long)

Presidential Address: Paul Meyer, “The Issue That Wouldn’t Go Away: Faith and History Revisited”


1989

Theme: A THEOLOGY OF TECHNOLOGY

Paper: Frederick Ferré, “Technology as a Perennial Theological Worry” - Response: Owen Thomas

Paper: Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., “Are There Demonic and Salvific Dimensions to Technology?” - Response: David Novak

Paper: Max Stackhouse, “Godly Cooking? Ethical Reflections on Theology and Technological Society” - Response: Dennis Campbell

Panel Discussion: Moderator: Pheme Perkins

Panelists: Leroy Rouner and the Writers of the Papers

Presidential Address: Paul van Buren, “The Nature of Ecclesial/Theological Change”


1990

Theme: TRADITION AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HISTORICAL THINKING IN THEOLOGY

Paper: Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, “Tradition, Identity, and Reconstruction: Roman Catholic Perspectives” - Response: Franz J. Van Beeck

Paper: Kosuke Koyama, “The Tradition and Indigenization” - Response: Jung Young Lee

Paper: Stanley Harakas, “Tradition in the Orthodox Tradition: Explicating the Account of Tradition within Orthodox Theology” - Response: Vigen Guroian

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: James I. McCord; Albert C. Outler

Presidential Address: Charles Curran, “100 Years of Catholic Social Teaching: An Evaluation”


1991

Theme: TRADITION AND HISTORICAL THINKING IN THEOLOGY

Paper: Norbert M. Samuelson, “Tradition from a Jewish Perspective” - Response: Eugene Borowitz

Paper: Joanne McWilliam, “Tradition and the Future” - Response: Thomas W. Ogletree

Paper: John Hesselink, “Scripture and Tradition: A Reformed Perspective” - Response: Daniel L. Migliore

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: John Knox (Paul Meyer); William J. Wolf (Owen Thomas)

Presidential Address: Gabriel Fackre, “The State of Systematics: Research and Commentary”


1992

Theme: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND/OR THE INCULTURATION OF THEOLOGY

Paper: Roger Wilken, “Religious Pluralism and Early Christian Thought,” - Response: Lloyd Patterson

Paper: Geoffrey Wainwright, “Canons, Cultures, and the Ecumenically Correct,” - Response: David Power

Paper: Wilfred Cantwell Smith, “Scripture: What Is It and Why?” - Response: Clark Pinnock

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: Stanley R. Hopper (Bernhard W. Anderson and Ray Hart); Hugh T. Kerr (Daniel Migliore)

Presidential Address: Franz Josef van Beeck, “‘This Weakness of God Is Stronger’ (I Cor. 1:25): An Inquiry beyond the Power of Being”


1993

Theme: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM AND/OR THE INCULTURATION OF THEOLOGY

Paper: Richard Longenecker, “In the Begriming Was the Confession,” - Response: Richard Norris

Paper: Lonnie D. Kliever, “Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture Revisited: Religious Pluralism and Theological Inculturation,” - Response: Gordon Kaufman

Paper: Victor Nuovo, “Reflections on Truth, Religious Diversity, and Religious Pluralism,” - Response: James Ross

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Presidential Address: J. Deotis Roberts, “Deliver Us from Evil: Human Pain and Divine Compassion”


1994

Theme: ORTHODOXY AND HERESY

Paper: Richard Norris, “Orthodoxy and Heresy in the Earliest Christian Centuries,” - Response: Franklin Young

Paper: Vigen Guroian, “An Orthodox View of Orthodoxy and Heresy,” - Response: Thomas Oden

Paper: David Willis-Watkins, “Orthodoxy at the Reformation and in the Reformation Tradition Beyond,” - Response: Gilbert Meilaender

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: Robert E. Cushman (Dennis M. Campbell); George S. Hendry (Daniel Migliore); Paul Lehmann (Christopher Morse)

Presidential Address: Owen C. Thomas, “Thought and Life: The Case of Heidegger and Tillich”


1995

Theme: ORTHODOXY AND HERESY

Paper: Robert K. Johnston, “Orthodoxy and Heresy: The Problem for Modern Evangelicalism,” - Response: J. Philip Wogaman

Paper: Eleanore Stump, “Should the Distinction between Orthodoxy and Heresy Be Preserved?” - Response: Daniel W. Hardy

Paper: William P. Alston, “The Uses of Orthodoxy,” - Response: Avery Dulles

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: James Luther Adams (Roger Shinn); Robert Hood (Richard Norris); S. Paul Schilling (J. Philip Wogaman)

Presidential Address: Karlfried Froehlich, “Cultivating a Symbolic Mentality”


1996

Theme: GOD, TIME, AND ESCHATOLOGY

Paper: Michael A. Fahey, “Time and Eternity in One of the he Cappadocians” - Response: Joanne McWilliam

Paper: Robert W. Jenson, “God, Time and Eschatology” - Response: James Evans

Paper: Robert P. Scharlemann, “God and the Time of Being,” - Response: Diogenes Allen

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minutes: Fred Herzog (Dennis M. Campbell); John C. Bennett (Roger Shinn)

Presidential Address: Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., “On Theological Communication: Polemics, Apologetics and Dialogues”


1997

Theme: GOD, TIME AND ESCHATOLOGY

Paper: Susan Ashbrook Harvey, “Embodiment in Time and Eternity: A Syriac Perspective,” - Response: Peter W. Ochs

Paper: Gerard S. Sloyan, “We Won’t Be There Ten Thousand Years: Time and the Christian Eschaton,” - Response: Richard B. Hays

Paper: Franz J. van Beeck, “What Can We Hope For, Really?” - Response: Francis Fiorenza

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minute: Jung Young Lee (Edward L. Long, Jr.)

Presidential Address: Geoffrey Wainwright, “The Ecumenical Rediscovery of the Trinity”


1998

Theme: THEOLOGICAL LANGUAGE AND OTHER SORI’S OF LANGUAGES

Paper: Norbert M. Samuelson, “Creation in Jewish Theology and Modern Astrophysics,” - Response: Robert Neville

Paper: Lamin Sanneh, “Theological Language and the Problem of Indigenization,” - Response: Francis X. Clooney

Paper: Audrey R. Chapman, Theological Perspectives on Genetics and Hunan Nature,” - Response: Pamela Dickey Young

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Memorial Minute:Norman Pittenger (Richard A. Norris)

Presidential Address: Stanley S. Harakas, “Ethical Decision-Making in St. Basil’s Long Rules”


1999

Theme: THEOLOGICAL LANGUAGE AND OTHER SORTS OF LANGUAGES

Paper: David Tracy, “The Theological Category of ‘Fragment’ as Informed by Literary Theory and Philosophy,” - Response: Catherine Keller

Paper: Peter Paris, “The Enculturation of the Gospel: The Word of .God in Words of the People,” - Response: Vigen Guroian

Paper: Max Stackhouse, “After Cloning: Ethical Reflections on Creation, Nature, Biotechnology, Grace” - Response: Thomas Ogletree

Panel Discussion by the Writers of the Papers

Presidential Address: Robert W. Jenson, “The Hidden and Triune God”


2000

Theme: MIXED

Paper: Kathryn Tanner, “Eschatology Without a Future?” - Response: Alan Segal

Paper: Peter Phan, “Doing Theology in a Missionary Context: The Example of Alexandre de Rhodes,” - Response: J. Deotis Roberts

Paper: Pamela Dickey Young, “The Church Unofficial: Is It Any Longer Possible to Have a Doctrine of the Church?” - Response: Alexander McKelway

General Discussion led by Elizabeth Johnson and M. Douglas Meeks

Memorial Minutes: Lloyd George Patterson (Richard A. Norris); Charles Philip Price

Presidential Address: Joanne McWilliam, “Augustine’s Christologies”


2001

Theme: MIXED

Paper: Gabriel Fackre, “The Ecumenical Import of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” - Responses: Avery Dulles and George Lindbeck

Paper: Frederick Ferré, “Optional Theism and the Wider Ecumenical Dialogue,” - Responses: Paul Griffiths and Wesley J. Wildman

Paper: Catherine Keller, “The Mystery of the Lost Chaos” - Responses: Wentzel van Huysteen and Francis X. Clooney

General Discussion led by Robert Neville and Serene Jones

Presidential Address: Michael Fahey, “Reflections of a Theological Editor: Theological Studies – the Journal – 1940 and 2001”


2002

Theme: MIXED

Paper: Peter Ochs, “The Renewal of Jewish Theology Today: Under the Sign of Three,” - Response: Ellen Charry

Paper: Miroslav Volf, “Memory of Evil in the World of Love: A Thought Experiment” - Response: Kendall Soulen

Paper: Sarah Coakley, “The Resurrection and the ‘Spiritual Senses’: on Wittgenstein, Epistemology, and the Risen Christ,” - Response: Bruce Marshall

General Discussion led by Susan Nelson and Josiah Young

Memorial Minute: John Deschner (Charles Wood)

Presidential Address: Christopher Morse, “The Virtue of Heaven: From Calvin to Microsoft and Back”


2003

Theme: MIXED

Paper: David Novak, “Covenantal Theology and Social Contract Theory,” - Response: Francis Fiorenza

Paper: Kate Sonderegger, “The Character of Christian Realism,” - Response: Charles Wood

Paper: Robert Neville, “Truth in Theology: Toward a Theology of Symbolic Engagement,” - Response: Reinhard Hütter

General Discussion led by George Mavrodes and James H. Evans

Memorial Minutes: Elizabeth Achtemeier (Patrick Miller); Waldo Beach (Leander Keck, Moody Smith)

Presidential Address: George Tavard, “The Mystery of Divine Providence”


2004

Theme: MIXED

Paper: Robin Lovin, “Christianity and Public Discourse: A View from the Other Side” - Response: J. Philip Wogaman

Paper: Kendall Soulen, “‘Who Shall I Say Sent Me?’ The Name of God in Trinitarian Perspective” - Response: Mark Heim

Paper: Ellen Charry, “The Pastoral Function of the Divine Character” - Response: Richard Norris

(Medieval) Disputatio on the Question “Does the Risen Christ Have More Than One Body?”

Disputantes: Reinhard Huetter; Robert Jenson;

Magister: Karlfried Froehlich

Presidential Address: Robert K. Johnston, “Useless Beauty”


2005

Theme: MIXED

Paper: Don Saliers, “Beauty and Terror: What Have We to Pray, What Has Theology to Say?” - Response: Serene Jones

Paper: Josiah Young, “Wonder What God Had in Mind: Leibnitz’s Theodicy and the Art of Toni Morrison” - Response: Samuel K. Roberts

Paper: Mark Burrows, “Raiding the Inarticulate: Mysticism, Poetics, and the Unlanguageable” - Response: Frans J. Van Beeck

Panel Discussion: “What, in your judgment, would be the most promising and potentially fruitful topic and approach for contemporary theological discussion between Christians and Muslims?”

Panelists: Lamin Sanneh, John Berthrong, J. Patout Burns

Memorial Minutes: Walter G. Muelder (Robert C. Neville); J. Robert Nelson (Michael Fahey); Lonnie Kliever (Charles Curran)

Presidential Address: J. Philip Wogaman, “The Absolute and the Relative in Christian Ethics”


2006

Theme: ECCLESIOLOGY

Paper: Avery Cardinal Dulles, “H. Richard Niebuhr on Church and Ministry” - Response: Daniel L. Migliore

Paper: Mary McClintock Fulkerson, “A Place to Appear: Ecclesiology as if Bodies Mattered” - Response: Diana L. Hayes

Paper: Douglas Ottati, “Theology Education, the Purpose of the Church and its Ministry: Reflections in a Niebuhrian Key” - Response: Sheila G. Davaney

Panel Discussion: “‘Increase among men of the love of God and neighbor’ (H. Richard Niebuhr) Can we improve upon this definition of the purpose of the Church?”

Panelists: Michael A. Fahey; George Hunsinger; Peter Paris

Memorial Minutes: Eugene R. Fairweather (Peter Slater); Langdon Gilkey (Roger Haight); Richard A. Norris (Frans J. Van Beeck)

Presidential Address: Robert C. Neville, “Two Dimensions of Religious Belief”


2007

Theme: GENDER AND THEOLOGY

Paper: Teresa Berger, “Beyond Mrs. Murphy in the Pew: The Challenge of Gender for Liturgical Tradition” - Response: Charles Curran

Paper: Catherine Keller, “The Apophasis of Gender: A Fourfold Unsaying of Feminist Theology” - Response: Susan Nelson

Paper: Katie Cannon, (Alison Gise Johnson, and Angela Sims), “Womanist Works in Word” - Response: Josiah Young

Panel Discussion on Feminist and Womanist Theologies

Panelists: Serene Jones, Terry Tilley, Diana Hayes

Presidential Address: Elizabeth Johnson, “Pneumatology Revisited: Creator Spirit in Ecological Theology”


2008

Theme: IMAGES OF GOD

Paper: Wesley J. Wildman, “Ultimacy Images Arising from the Microbial Ocean” - Response: Cynthia Crysdale

Paper: Francis Clooney, “Imago Dei, Paraman Samyam: How We May Become Like unto God—Some Hindu Resources” - Response: Peter Phan

Paper: Robert Neville, “Images of God in Sexual Embodiment” - Response: Kate Sonderegger

Memorial Minute: Bernhard W. Anderson (Karlfried Froehlich)

Presidential Address: Daniel L. Migliore, “The Love Commandments: An Opening for Christian-Muslim Dialogue?”


2009

Theme: THEOLOGY AND THE POLITICAL

Paper: C. Clifton Black, “American Scriptures,” - Response: Deotis Roberts

Paper: John Burgess, “Reconstructing Christ and Culture: The Perils of Orthodox Renewal in Post-Soviet Russia,” - Response: J. Philip Wogaman

Paper: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr., “How Paul Genders the Gentiles in his Epistle to the Romans with Implications for Same-Sex Marriage,” - Response: Charles Curran

Panel discussion: “Theology and Politics in the Obama Era”

Panelists: Linell Cady, Peter Paris, Gary Dorrien

Memorial Minute: Joanne McWilliam (Michael Fahey)

Presidential Address: Max L. Stackhouse, “Framing the Global Ethos”


2010

Theme: CHRISTOLOGY

Paper: Roger Haight, “The Uniqueness of Jesus” - Response: Daniel L. Migliore

Paper: Terrence Tilley, “Jesus, History, and Christology: Three Theses” - Response: Charles Hefling

Paper: Beverly Gaventa, “Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage” - Response: Mary McClintock Fulkerson

Memorial Minute: Claude Welch (Wesley J. Wildman)

Presidential Address: Kathryn Tanner, “Grace and Gambling”


2011

Theme: THEOLOGY AND PUBLIC LIFE

Paper: David Novak, “Can One Speak of God’s Law in Public (Secular) Space?” - Response: John Burgess

Paper: Phil Wogaman, “How Views of God Frame Political Life,” - Response: James Evans

Paper: Eric Gregory “Num Tertium Quid? Civic Virtue and Augustine’s Eudaimonism,” - Response: Brian Daley

Memorial Minute: John D. Godsey (J. Philip Wogaman)

Presidential Address: C. Peter Slater, “Contesting Confessions: William Connolly’s Augustinian Imperative and Mikhail Bakhtin’s Dialogical Imperative”


2012 (ATS Centennial Meeting)

Theme: THEOLOGY PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Panel discussion: The Past

Panelists: Dale C. Allison, Ellen T. Charry, Gary Dorrien, Roger Haight, S.J.

Moderator: Karlfried Froehlich

Panel discussion: The Present

Panelists: Peter C. Phan, Samuel K. Roberts, Don E. Saliers, Kathryn Tanner

Moderator: Elizabeth A. Johnson

Panel discussion: The Future

Panelists: Francis X. Clooney, Catherine Cornille, Serene Jones, James F. Kay, Cheryl J. Sanders

Moderator: C. Peter Slater

Memorial Minutes: Frans Jozef Van Beeck (Michael Fahey); Gordon D. Kaufman (Sheila Davaney); Susan Nelson (Carnegie Sam Calian); Franklin W. Young (D. Moody Smith)

Presidential Address: Peter Paris, “The Theologies of Black Folk”


2013

Theme: VISTAS ON CREATION AND THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Paper: Leo Lefebure, “Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Wisdom,” - Response: Phillip Cary

Paper: Wesley J. Wildman, “Why Does Science Matter for Theological Anthropology?” - Response: Terrence Tilley

Paper: J. Kameron Carter, “‘When the World Was Red’: Richard Wright’s Shadow Narrative of Theology, Race, and Human Existence” - Response: Amy Hollywood

Memorial Minutes: Ronald Thiemann (Francis Schüssler Fiorenza); Diogenes Allen (Daniel Migliore)

Presidential Address: Charles M. Wood, “The Church and Its Ministry: Expanding an Ecumenical Vision”


2014

Theme: THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE

Paper: Cynthia Crysdale, “Evolution, Systematic Theology, and God” - Response: Ian McFarland

Paper: J. Wentzel van Huyssteen: “Human Origins and the Emergence of a Distinctively Human Imagination: Theology and the Archeology of Human Personhood” - Response: Paul DeHart

Paper: Elizabeth A. Johnson: “Evolution and Christ: Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?” - Response: Frederick Ware

Memorial Minutes: Paul W. Meyer (Karlfried Froehlich); Roger Shinn (Christopher Morse)

Presidential Address: Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, “Faith and Political Engagement: Political Theology in a Pluralistic World”


2015

Theme: PNEUMATOLOGY

Paper: Robert Hughes, “Begotten in Love: An Active Role for the Spirit in the Eternal Begetting of the Word?” - Response: Eugene Rogers

Paper: Ephraim Radner, “The Modernism of Pneumatology as a Theological Discipline” - Response: Bradford Hinze

Paper: Amos Young, “Audibilizing the Faith: Toward a Pentecostal, Sonic, and Pneumatological Theology of Proclamation.” - Response: Cheryl J. Sanders

Memorial Minutes: David N. Power OMI (Charles Curran); Samuel K. Roberts (Peter J. Paris)

Presidential Address: M. Douglas Meeks, “God and Forgiving Debt”


2016

Theme: COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY

Paper: Catherine Cornille, “The Church as Community of Disciples of Jesus: Insights from Hinduism” - Response: S. Mark Heim

Paper: Ruben Habito, “God-Talk out of Silence: Triune Mystery as Christian Koan” - Response: Paul Lakeland

Paper: Daniel Madigan, “‘The Best Umma Singled Out for Humankind’: The Community of Believers in Islam” - Response: Jeannine Hill Fletcher

Memorial Minutes: Owen C. Thomas (Francis Schüssler Fiorenza); Eugene B. Borowitz (Daniel L. Migliore); Max Stackhouse (Peter J. Paris)

Presidential Address: Peter C. Phan, “Deus Migrator: Doing Theology from the Perspective of Migration”


2017

Theme: BODIES BLACK AND BLUE: AFRICAN-AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS

Paper: James H. Evans, Jr., “The Earthly Spirituality of Black Folk as an Approach to an African-American Eco-Theology,” Respondent: Elizabeth A. Johnson

Paper: Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, “Black Women’s Use of ‘Lament’ as a Theological Response to the Abuse and Trauma of Black Bodies,” Respondent: J. Kameron Carter

Paper: Stephen G. Ray, “‘Black Lives Matter’ as Enfleshed Public Theology,” Respondent: Serene Jones

Memorial Minutes: Richard R. Niebuhr (Clifton Black), Joseph Fitzmyer (Clifton Black), Moody Smith (Clifton Black)

Presidential Address: Wesley J. Wildman, “Ontologizing Color? An Immigrant Pilgrimage in Racialized America”