Saturday, March 13, 2010

Journal of Philosophy and Scripture - Special Issue

The Journal of Philosophy and Scripture is seeking submissions for an upcoming special issue.

Submission deadline Special Issue “Scripture and the Sword”: August 31st, 2010

The events of the past decade have dramatically reawakened, particularly in Western consciousness, the way in which religion and violence can intersect. JPS wishes to contribute to this dialogue. In the special issue, we are interested in articles that explore the conjunction of scripture and violence. Some possible topics include…

• The historical relationship and/or development between violence and scripture
• Do different scriptural traditions offer greater or lesser possibilities for violence?
• Is violence always possible when related to scripture?
• Do certain scriptural traditions allow or disallow different kinds of violence—e.g. physical, socio-political, economic, or other?
• Does scripture provide a plausible justification for or denial of violence?
• In an increasingly secular age, does scripture provide a relevant justification for or denial of violence?
• What is the relationship between culture, scripture, and violence?
• Do the God of scripture and the God of philosophy differ with regard to their violent potential?
• What role does violence play within scriptural texts—literal endorsement, metaphorical, other?
• Who can properly speak on behalf of scripture’s acceptance or denial of violence?
• Is scripture merely captive to socio-political figures and movements that use it violently?

Guidelines for submission are found on our website To submit electronic copies or to be added to e-mail list and receive future announcements, contact We ARE ALSO ACCEPTING submissions for our regular issues and March 31st 2010 is the date to be considered for our spring issue.

About Us

The Journal of Philosophy and Scripture is an e-journal dedicated to reading scripture in light of philosophy and to examining philosophy in light of scripture. The Journal's task is informed by three primary aims:
(1) To encourage philosophical discussions of religion to attend to the primary sacred texts (e.g. the Bible, the Qur'an, the Bhagavad-Gita) that fundamentally shape the religions under discussion.
(2) To encourage a process of mutual reflection by means of which both philosophy and scripture may be more clearly illuminated.
(3) To do the above with a keen eye to possible effects on the ways in which we practice philosophy and religion.
JPS is committed to fostering discussion involving a wide range of philosophical perspectives and religious traditions. We are especially interested in papers that engage directly with specific passages of scripture, but we also welcome papers that deal with general issues relating to the intersection of philosophy and scripture.

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