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LATC16: The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture


We’ve just wrapped up the third annual Los Angeles Theology Conference.  I’ll post video of the plenary talks in a few weeks, and before the year’s out, look for the book, Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, to be available from Zondervan.

Next year the conference will return to Fuller Theological Seminary, and we will be exploring the doctrine of Scripture. So even though it is a systematic theology conference and our goal is to understand a doctrine, we’ve got some biblical scholars contributing next year. Our focusing question is, “How does the church hear the voice of God in the text of Scripture?”

Here is the lineup of plenary speakers:

William Abraham (Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University): “Postmodern Historical Criticism and the Possibility of Hearing God”

John Goldingay (Fuller Theological Seminary): “Hearing God Speak from the First Testament”

Richard B. Hays (Duke Divinity School): “Hearing Backwards: Retrospective Perception of Divine Speech in Scripture.”

Amy Plantinga Pauw (Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary): “The Voice of God in Israel’s Wisdom Literature”

Daniel Treier (Wheaton College):  “Scripture’s Textual Voices: A Dogmatic Account”

A call for papers will go out in May, and we’ll select nine papers to be presented in parallel sessions.

I predict the weather will be good again for us next year, and that we’ll get some great parallel sessions to match these plenary presenters. Why not pencil it in now? LATC 2016.


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