“Dispensationalism, Social Justice, and Race”
This is a call for papers for the 2019 Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. The Council is an academic study group for traditional dispensationalists although observers from other theological traditions are welcome to attend. This year’s focus is on the dispensational understanding of issues related to social justice and racial problems. This issue is attracting the millennial generation in general and younger evangelicals in particular. The traditional dispensational tradition has been accused of being uncaring when it comes to social justice. A biblical response is needed to frame how such important issues should be addressed. We desire not simply a theological debate but an attempt to evaluate the hermeneutical and methodological positions involved as we engage in interaction about social justice.
We will be asking specific individuals to do various topics as well as receiving your proposals. Off-topic proposals will be considered but those concerning social justice and race will be reviewed first. All proposals with full title and descriptions (not more than 200 words) should be emailed to the moderator, Dr. Mike Stallard, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for topic proposals to be turned in is May 15, 2019. The entire Steering Committee of the Council will decide collectively which papers are accepted. This process usually does not take long. The deadline for presentation papers to be turned in is September 1, 2019.
This year there is a modest registration fee of $25 for the Council to cover the costs for the hosting school. Registration can be completed on our website by click here or the registration button at the bottom.
Topics that we are requesting members to consider are the following:
- Analysis of various individual passages relating to social justice or race (Isa. 1:17; Pro. 31:8-9; Zech. 7:9-10; Jer. 22:3; Micah 6:8; Luke 10:30-37, etc.)
- The issue of social justice in various parts of the Bible: Pentateuch, Wisdom Literature, Pauline Literature, etc.
- History of dispensational approaches to social justice
- Dispensational interpretations of the curse on Ham in Gen. 9 and/or black Christianity’s historic distrust of dispensationalism
- Analysis of interaction between Jews and Gentiles in the early Church
- Anti-Semitism as the greatest social justice issue of our times
- Dispensational anticipation and reaction to the Holocaust
- Are dispensationalists racist because of our Zionism?
- An analysis of Christian Palestinianism’s portrayal of Israel as a colonial power
- Is there a theological difference between social justice actions that relate to social and political structures and those that deal with individual concerns?
- The difference between biblical theological handling of social justice and systematic theological handling of social justice concerns
- Social justice in God’s Messianic Kingdom
- Are social justice issues handled differently in Israel than during the Church Age?
- A review of a recent book on social justice issues (e.g., The Bible and Social Justice edited by Westfall and Dyer)
Other topics related to the theme are welcome as well. These are suggestions to help us think about the issues.
As always, we will attempt to have an appropriate pastor’s panel to make sure our discussions stay grounded in concern for the local church.
Again, final papers are to be submitted to Dr. Stallard by September 1, 2019 at the email listed earlier. There will be no remuneration for presentation of papers. Council members need to provide their own transportation to the Council site. Information on area hotels will be provided on the Council website or in arrangements made with the host school.
Twelfth Annual Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics
Calvary University, Kansas City, Missouri
September 18-19, 2019