Call for Papers: Atheism and the Christian Faith

The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith has put out a call for papers for their upcoming conference on Atheism and the Christian Faith in Edmonton, Alberta.

May 6-7, 2016

Papers and Presentations along the lines of the theme of Atheism and the Christian Faith may be approached interdisciplinarily from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences and from the subdisciplines of philosophy, theology, apologetics, psychology, sociology, history, culture, art and ethics, etc. There is a broad range of possible topics with some overlap. This list is neither exhaustive nor intended to be restrictive: Atheism as Religion, Atheism and Morality, Atheism and Meaning, Atheism and Apologetics, Atheism and Cosmology, Atheism and Teleology, Atheism and Ontology, Atheism and Postmodernism, Atheism and Politics, Atheism and Economics, Atheism and History, Atheism and Biology, Atheism and Psychology, Atheism and Society, Atheism and the Arts.

Paper proposals should include an abstract of 150-300 words outlining the topic related to the theme, method and purpose. The paper should be close to 2500 words. The presentation should last around 25 minutes with approximately 5 minutes for question and answer. PowerPoint, DVD and Internet are available for the presentation.

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday 22nd April 2016. Scholars who want their original unpublished papers for the conference published in our online journal the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith may submit them for adjudication at any time. Fill out the form below to submit an abstract for the conference. (Source)

Official Call for Papers Here

Call for Papers: Early Modern Laws of Nature

A call for papers has been issued by Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion for an upcoming workshop in July:

Workshop: Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine

Call for papers

This one-day workshop will examine the theological debates that influenced the birth and development of the notion of laws of nature from the sixteenth century until the critical Kant. It is widely accepted that the laws of nature were born as a theological justification of the order found in nature by sixteenth and seventeenth centuries natural philosophers and theologians. It is also widely recognised, however, that by the mid-eighteenth century the laws of nature were assumed to guide and explain the workings of the natural world without any reference to the divine. The laws of nature, therefore, moved from being essentially tied in their beginnings to the nature of God, to becoming a secular concept by the midst of the so called scientific revolution. The goal of this event will be to uncover the philosophical and theological concepts at stake both at the birth and later development of the laws of nature, seeking a greater understanding of the transition from being a theological notion to becoming a non-theological notion. (Source)

The workshop is co-organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford (Dr Ignacio Silva), and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (Dr Andrea Sangiacomo). The workshop will host Prof Eric Watkins (University of San Diego) and Prof Sophie Roux (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) as keynote speakers, and offers up-to five slots for shorter presentations. Please send your paper proposal (of not more than 500 words) to with the subject:

“Workshop: Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine”

not later than: 30 April 2016

Official Page Here

Call for Papers: A Postsecular Age?

A call for papers has been issued by Oxford’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion for an upcoming conference in July:

A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, 2016 IRC Conference, Oxford, 27-30 July

The past 20 years have seen the development of the interdisciplinary subfield of ‘secularism studies’ or ‘critical secularism studies.’ Previous theories of secularisation typically presupposed the steady march of human civilisations toward non-religion—in part under the influence of scientific advance. By contrast, these new approaches view secularism and narratives of secularisation as ideological artefacts corresponding to specific times and places and in need of critical framing. Are we then living in what some have called a ‘postsecular’ age? Why have atheism and secularism become so fascinating for scholars—and in popular culture—for the past two decades? Has the secularisation narrative gone away (or changed shape?), putting religion back on the agenda of scholarship, global politics, law-making, and commerce? Are developments in science contributing to these trends? What effect have the New Atheism and new deployments of scientific authority had on secularisation theory? Why do secularisms look different in different times and places? What is the role of globalisation in the emergence and transformation of secularisms? (Source)

Call for papers

Short papers are invited on topics relevant to the conference themes, to be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20-minute paper, 10 minutes discussion). Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 300-word abstract that situates the paper against its scholarly backdrop, and institutional affiliation by email to with the subject line:

“A Postsecular Age Conference Abstract”

Closing date for abstract submissions: Friday, 15 April 2016

Notification of acceptance: Friday, 6 May 2016

For questions on paper submissions, please contact

Official Page Here

PSCF, March 2016: Canadian Contributions

The March 2016 issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the ASA and CSCA, is now available for members. As is often the case, there are a good number of Canadian contributions to this issue, which we highlight below. If you are not yet a member of CSCA, the journal may be available in an academic library near you.

Canadian Contributions to PSCF 68, no. 1 (March 2016)

CSCA Past President and PSCF Editor James C. Peterson opens the issue with “The Science and Theology of Creation and Sin,” a brief editorial introducing the theme of this issue.

Denis O. Lamoureux is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. He contributes “Beyond the Cosmic Fall and Natural Evil” to this issue, in which he questions whether the idea of a “cosmic fall” is truly taught by Scripture. Additionally, Lamoureux will be conducting a workshop to be offered just before the ASA Annual Meeting on Friday, July 22, entitled “Five Online Sunday School Lessons on Science and Religion.”

Gerda Kits, Assistant Professor of Economics at The King’s University in Edmonton, writes a review of Paul F. Seinberg’s book, Who Rules the Earth?: How Social Rules Shape Our Planet and Our Lives.

Charles E. Chaffey, Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, reviews Creation in Crisis: Science, Ethics, Theology by Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam.

August H. Konkel, Professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, writes a review of The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate by John H. Walton.

Also, the latest Newsletter of the ASA & CSCA is available here.