CFP: [Religion] SWCCL: Christianity and the "Things of this World"

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Andrew Armond and Benjamin Myers
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Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature
Call for Papers:
Christianity and the “Things of this World”

Since its inception, Christianity has had a conflicted relationship with
the material world. Some, believing God’s kingdom to be purely a spiritual
one, have held the material world as completely corrupt and irredeemable,
awaiting its destruction and re-creation at the end of time. Others, seeing
Creation as essentially good yet tainted by humanity’s sin, have held up a
more positive view of a redeemable created order in which humans have an
important part to play. A vast array of theological positions can be traced
to one’s view of the contested relationship between the spiritual and the
material world, and certainly these positions have been reflected in
literature throughout the Christian era.

Thus, this conference seeks papers that deal with the literary outworkings
of one’s (or a community’s) view of Christianity’s relationship to the
material world, which could include papers on the following sub-topics:
• Christianity’s view of the human body, including gender and sexuality;
• Christianity’s relationship to the created order, primarily the environment;
• Christianity’s relationship to the animal kingdom;
• Christianity’s relationship to agriculture and the production and
consumption of food;
• Differing sacramental views as reflective of a denomination’s or sect’s
view of the material world and God’s participation in it;
• Materialist theory and the Christian text;
• and other papers dealing with the conference theme.

While we will accept proposals for all papers that deal in some way with
the intersection of religion and literature, we do prefer papers that
engage the conference theme in an intentional way.

The conference will be held at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK
on 2-3 October 2008. More details, including keynote speaker, registration,
travel information, etc. will be given in the coming months.

Please send a 750 â€" 1000 word abstract (including your name, institutional
affiliation, and relevant contact information) as an attachment (.doc,
.rtf., or .pdf) to The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2008.

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