The idea and practice of public theology has recently emerged as a distinct field of scholarship that proactively engages theology with contemporary public issues. The global project of public theology has expanded the western idea of three audiences - the church, the academy and the public domain – and their inter-relationship to multiple publics. It has now become a global discipline that intersects with the emergence of a world Christianity. Now, in the Anthropocene, those three audiences should be viewed in the light of a concern for the whole of creation, including those other creatures with whom we share life and upon whom we depend.
A public theology seeks to be in creative dialogue with different academic disciplines, including politics, economics, law and security studies, cultural studies, religion, spirituality, the natural science and the social sciences and the study of globalization. It is sensitive to the emergence of new publics that arise out of theology’s engagement with other new disciplines – like astrobiology – which redefines understandings of what is space and what is public. It is also a discipline that welcomes the expertise of practitioners reflecting on public policy.
International Journal of Public Theology, affiliated with the Global Network for Public Theology, is a platform for original inter/transdisciplinary research in this field. Manuscripts submitted for publication must exhibit clear and sustained engagement between theology, broadly construed, and a matter or matters of public significance.
All articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and blind refereeing by two anonymous referees.
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Assistant Editor Peter Walker (Charles Sturt University, Australia)
Book Review Editor David Thang Moe (Asbury Theological Seminary, USA)
Associate Editors Katie Day (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, USA) Dion Forster (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) Rudolf von Sinner (Lutheran School of Theology, Brazil)
Advisory Panel Christopher Baker (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) Raimundo Barreto (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (University of Bamberg, Germany) Robert Borrong (Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia) Andrew Bradstock (University of Winchester, UK) Seforosa Carroll (United Theological College, Australia) Jonathan Chaplin (University of Cambridge, UK) Alison Elliot (University of Edinburgh, UK) Kjetil Fretheim (MF Norwegian School of Theology, Norway) Patrick Gnana (State University of Madras, India) James Haire (Charles Sturt University, Australia) Frits de Lange (Protestant Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands) Clint Le Bruyns (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) Ann Loades (Durham University, UK) Esther McIntosh (York St John University, UK) Murray Rae (University of Otago, New Zealand) Esther Reed (University of Exeter, UK) Gloria Schaab (Barry University, USA) J. Jayakiran Sebastian (United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg & Philadelphia, USA) Jason Sexton (California State University, Fullerton and UC Berkeley, USA) Graeme Smith (Chichester University, UK) David Tombs (University of Otago, New Zealand) Andrew Village (York St John University, UK) John Williams (York St John University, UK) Zhibin Xie (Tongji University, China)
The field of public theology is attracting increased attention in both a global and multi-disciplinary context. With heightened awareness of the political and social significance of religion, this journal promises to create an important focus for the dissemination of research amongst scholars and practitioners.' Professor David Fergusson, Head of the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK
It is now clear that religion is likely to play a significant role in the public sphere through the twenty-first century. The need for thoughtful theological engagement with the major issues of public life has therefore never been greater. The International Journal of Public Theology
deserves the confidence and support both of those involved in theology and religious studies in the academy and of the far larger numbers of people concerned to have healthy public debate. It has been well conceived and is in the hands of a fine editorial team.' Professor David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity & Director, Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, University of Cambridge, UK
Theological reflection on public life is essential if Christians are to participate in God's mission. For that reason I warmly commend the International Journal of Public Theology
to all who share this conviction, and to those who might well do so.' Professor John W. de Gruchy, Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa
This journal could not be more timely or important in a global era. It offers informed theological reflection and interdisciplinary analysis from around the world on local-global public issues that affect us all. It will be a significant theological voice in the global public sphere.' Professor William F. Storrar, Director, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA