Call for papers: A special section in the Journal Scientia et Fides (ISSN: 2300-7648; E-ISSN: 2353-5636):
Renewing Fundamental Theology: A more sensitive and comprehensive approach to culture, science, and religions.
Editors of this special section:
Prof. Lluis Oviedo OFM, Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome
Prof. George Karuvelil SJ,
Fundamental theology can be conceived in many ways: for most of its practitioners it has meant, after the Second Vatican Council, an effort to better describe the foundations of Christian faith and the development of theology as a coherent and intellectually sound academic discourse. Such an endeavour has in most cases favoured Christian revelation as the surest basis for that program. However, in many cases, that emphasis has meant a neglect regarding issues that the old apologetics has addressed. Indeed, the new sub-discipline was ignoring most problems and challenges Christian faith is undergoing in the decades after the Council, like: secularization; a cultural and philosophical milieu less akin to religious faith; scientific development; dialogue with religions; and troubles associated to historical errors and discouraging corruption scenes. The list can be expanded, obviously. The point is that we are missing something when we are unable to address in a more systematic way such issues, and as part of theological curriculum we teach in Faculties and Seminaries.
Recent developments in new philosophy of religion, empirical methods, and related fields offer fresh opportunities to theological reflection to better establish our efforts in the field of faith and reason, and even to rethink some apologetic questions. Furthermore, Pope Francis instruction Veritatis gaudium explicitly calls theology to “move out” from its self-referential space and to embrace transdisciplinary approaches to many questions we try to tackle. It goes on to speak of “formulating a guiding synthesis” of different disciplines as “intrinsic” to the purpose of ecclesiastical studies. All this invites to develop a different style and program in Fundamental Theology, which pays more attention to issues related to the credibility of Christian faith, dialogue with reason, and convergences with other religions – as the recent Encyclical Fratelli tutti reminds us. Formulating a “guiding synthesis” is relevant here as the challenge to Christian faith in the contemporary world is not about the credibility of this or that doctrine or practice as in old apologetics, but to Christian faith as a whole.
We invite colleagues in this field to submit articles to the journal Scientia et Fides that could help to better develop such new program of FT that is sensitive to its social and cultural contexts, and to be able to provide reasons for Christian hope in a secularized environment where believing becomes much harder.
Your contributions could be either diagnostic or therapeutic. Why has FT not been able to establish itself adequately in the academic world? One of the reasons seems to be lack of clarity regarding the nature of this discipline itself. How, for example, is FT of faith and revelation different from dogmatic theology of the subject? How do these differ from empirical sciences and philosophy? Therapeutically speaking, what are some of the new developments in philosophy or the sciences that can help to revitalize FT?
The preferred length of the paper is 25 000–30 000 characters.
Deadline: 30 November 2022.
Editors: Claudia E. Vanney and Ignacio Aguinalde (Instituto de Filosofía, Universidad Austral, Argentina)
The goal of the proposed Special Issue of Scientia et Fides is to investigate the benefits of cultivating specific intellectual virtues to facilitate collaborative research at the intersection of science, philosophy and theology.
The study and understanding of fundamental questions cannot be addressed by a single discipline. In particular, research in science and religion requires both a theology committed to science and a science open to theological questions. Nevertheless, since each discipline works under a specific theoretical framework, with its own methods and procedures, interdisciplinary research is possible but not easy. A plurality of insights needs to be integrated or coordinated in order to allow for mutual enrichment in collaborative work. The challenge is significant, since interdisciplinary research requires not only learning new contents from a different discipline but also leading an epistemic plurality through a collaborative process involving social cognition.
Papers submitted for review will address the importance of second-personal relatedness in interdisciplinary research, with a special focus on the present state of the art of debates on the intellectual virtues which facilitate: (a) a gradual construction of a common language among scholars with different areas of expertise; (b) a recognition of the diversity of approaches that frame disciplinary contributions; (c) the mutual appreciation and respect among the members of a research team; (d) an attitude of openness and trust among researchers, which is necessary to ensure an attitude of constant openness and the desire to learn from others.
Interdisciplinary papers that include empirical research are also welcome. In particular, if they seek to build a bridge between some intellectual virtues studied by virtue epistemology (e.g., openness and intellectual humility) and some cognitive-emotional traits studied by cognitive psychology (e.g., empathy, mainly in its cognitive dimension of perspective taking, cognitive flexibility), since these characteristics can be evaluated and, with certain limits, also trained.
In recent years, the study of intellectual virtues has been deepened, opening new perspectives to understand the intellectual character required by interdisciplinary research. So, this issue will constitute an excellent opportunity to have a more sophisticated discussion on questions such as: (a) determining which model –e.g. causal or otherwise– best fits the interaction between particular virtues and interdisciplinary work; (b) analyzing empirical studies that confirm or disconfirm these theoretical possibilities; (c) establishing accurate distinctions between certain intellectual virtues in order to understand more precisely the role they play in collaborative epistemic work; (d) carefully considering counterexamples in which certain intellectual vices at the individual level seem to result in a benefit to scientific progress at the group level.
Contributions in English, Spanish, Polish, German, French, Italian, or Portuguese, addressing abovementioned or related topics, may be submitted (after registration) on the journal’s website:
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Submission deadline: 31 May 2022.