Luke Timothy JohnsonRegistration is now open for "Prophetic Voices: Confronting Theological Challenges of the Next Century," the academic conference organized as part of Candler's yearlong Centennial Celebration. Register here. Registration ends March 9.

"Prophetic Voices," to be held March 18-20, will bring together a dozen renowned theologians from Candler and beyond, including Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson, Cambridge University’s Janet Soskice, and Duke University’s Norman Wirzba, among others.

“By prophecy, we don’t mean predicting the future, but speaking a vision to the present,” says Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, and chair of Candler’s Centennial Celebration.

Johnson will present the conference keynote address, entitled “Theological Challenges of the New Century.” Four Candler faculty members will deliver major presentations on the themes of theological imagination and the issue of secularization, the image of God in contemporary society, creation and care of the earth, and the kingdom of God and global pluralism.

Candler faculty presenters include Ted A. Smith, associate professor of Preaching and Ethics; Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation; Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament; and Jehu Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity. 

Following each presentation will be two shorter presentations by guest scholars. In addition to Robinson, Soskice and Wirzba, presenters include M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College; Steven J. Kraftchick, Candler; Sally G. Bingham, Interfaith Power and Light and The Regeneration Project; Dana L. Robert, Boston University; and Daniel Jeyaraj, Liverpool Hope University. The program includes time for worship and discussion among participants. See the full schedule.

The four themes of the conference presentations were deliberately crafted and selected by Candler’s Centennial Committee and are being integrated into classroom instruction throughout the school year.

“These were identified as issues that are distinctive to our age in a way that they weren’t when Candler was founded,” says Johnson. “We live in a world in which global pluralism is not far away, in which world religions are not esoteric. Thinking through the Christian reality in light of these pressing concerns is what we want to initiate in a formal fashion, and make this a signature statement as we move forward into the next century.”

The conference is sponsored by the McDonald Agape Foundation.

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