CFP: Christianity in Culture and Literature (1/15/08; online journal issue)

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Dulia et Latria (roughly translated as service to man and service to
God) is an online journal dedicated to exploring dulia and latria
within the Christian faith. In his late 14th century Tractatus de
Mandatis Divinis, John Wycliffe, writing against iconic idolatry within
the Catholic church, defined dulia as the reverence men and women owe
to each other and latria as the reverence a man or woman owes only to
God. He was interested in developing a taxonomy for and an analysis of
duties involved in the horizontal relationship between created beings
themselves and the vertical relationship between the created and the
creator, and so are we. With our journal we wish to showcase current and
constructive writing dealing with the manifestations and
interconnections of dulia and latria in the realm of the home, the
academy, the church, the workplace, the arts, the community, and the

Dulia et Latria seeks papers for the inaugural 2008 February issue.
The following are lists of example topics designed to open the
theoretical, practical, and academic venues for investigation into dulia
and latria. Although the specific use of the terms dulia and latria is
encouraged, by no means do the actual terms have to appear in the
writing. What should be present, however, is an emphasis on one or more
aspects of God's nature and/or humanity's nature and how such elements
relate and have significance. The last three examples of each of the
following lists show how such a focus can be maintained even without the
specific terms dulia and latria.

Submissions addressing one of the following questions, or any question
along the same theoretical line of fundamental analysis and definition,
will be considered:
     What is the modern context for dulia and/or latria?
     Is it ever proper to deny dulia and/or latria?
     Is either dulia and/or latria restricted to time and space?
     Are dulia and latria culturally bound?
     Are dulia and latria dispensed by nature or by revelation?
     What role does prayer have with respect to an omniscient God?
     What is modern churches' conception of humanity's worth?
     Is the value of humanity couched in the value of God?

Submissions that choose to focus on issues or contexts wherein the
practical application of the underlying theory of dulia and latria is
manifested are also encouraged. Such submissions would address
questions similar to the following examples:
     Do consumer-oriented churches misunderstand latria or dulia?
     How does dulia or latria function in contemporary Christian music?
     Is Sunday as 'The Lord's Day' an essential expression of latria?
     What current approaches to evangelism best express correct dulia?
     Is the global-missions movement an expression of latria?
     Is Christian education misapplying the concepts of obedience?
     How is evangelism a correct response to God's power?
     Does required church membership misconstrue what pleases God?

Submissions will also be considered that take the investigation of dulia
and latria into the broad contexts of academic disciplines. The
following is a list of feasible topics that provide examples according
to which other topics can be fashioned.
     Latria in Dante's climax of the Paradiso
     Dulia and latria in Socrates's Apology
     Dulia and latria in relation to the Crusades
     The Anglican assumption of latria in the mid 17th century
     Dulia and latria and the poetry of Richard Crashaw
     The Greco-Roman Jove Pater vs. the Pauline Divine Father
     God's self-revelatory nature and the writings of the early Quakers
     The rudiments of Phenomenology and the value of human existence

Some publication space of each issue will be reserved for writing that
touches upon any aspect of the Christian faith in relation to
contemporary or historical, academic or popular contexts. This space is
provided in order to accommodate some of the fine work that has already
been written and which is worthy for publication.

Finally, Dulia et Latria is interested in book reviews of current
Christian publications. Full reviews should range from 500 to 800 words
and should start with a brief summary of the thesis and argument of the
book, followed by a knowledgeable and convincing evaluation of such
Proposals for essays and reviews will be considered and responded to,
although completed, full-text work is preferred. Essay proposals should
be between 500 - 800 words, and review proposals should be between 100 -
150 words.

All submissions must be written in English and organized according to
the MLA, Turabian, or Chicago Style method of format and documentation.
 The acceptable length of submissions is from eight to twelve
single-spaced pages, including footnotes but excluding endnotes and
bibliographic endmatter. The writing style must render the essay
accessible to the generally educated layperson. Avoid overly technical
jargon or diction strictly germane to only one academic discipline.
Discriminatory or socially inappropriate language will be rejected.
All submissions must be Word documents and must be sent electronically
via email attachment to The submission must
be titled, but under no circumstances may the author's name appear in
the submission itself, including self-referential citation. Instead,
the author's name along with the title of the submission must be placed
in the subject line of the email (an abbreviated version of the title is
permissible). The deadline is 15 January 2008.

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