Toronto Journal of Theology

Toronto Journal of Theology

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The Toronto Journal of Theology is a progressive, double-blind refereed journal of analysis and scholarship, reflecting diverse Christian traditions and exploring the full range of theological inquiry: Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Pastoral Theology, Christian Ethics, Systematic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The journal provides a Canadian forum for discussing theological issues in cross-cultural perspectives, featuring pertinent articles, in-depth reviews and information on the latest publications in the field.

The Toronto Journal of Theology is of critical interest to academics, clergy, and lay and professional theologians. Anyone concerned with contemporary opinion on theological issues will find the journal essential reading.

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The MOST READ articles at Toronto Journal of Theology Online

Stan Chu Ilo Africa's Place in World Christianity: Towards a Theology of Intercultural Friendship
Leo Stan Risible Christianity? Kierkegaard versus Žižek
David J. Gouwens Introduction
Michael G. Steinhauser Cardinal Ratzinger in Dialogue with the Toronto School of Theology: What Was Said in 1986?
Abrahim H. Khan Editorial
Cyril Hovorun Churches in the Ukrainian Public Square
Helene Russell The Passion of Faith and the Work of Love: Barrett, Augustine, and Kierkegaard
George Hunsinger Conversational Theology: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Barth
Paul R. Kolbet Augustine, Kierkegaard, and the Seduction of the Word: Rediscovering an Unfamiliar Theological Style

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Editor/Managing Editor
Abrahim H. Khan is a professor and Director for Advanced Degree Studies, in the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College, and cross-appointed to the Graduate Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests span Kierkegaard's thought, philosophical-theological ethics, cross-cultural studies in theology and comparative religion, science and religion, and philosophy of religion.

Professor Abrahim H. Khan
Toronto Journal of Theology
Toronto School of Theology
47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C3 Canada
Phone (416) 978-3039
Fax (416) 978-7821

Associate Editors

Pamela E. Couture - Professor of Church and Society and Pastoral Studies, Emmanuel College
Darren Dias - Associate Professor in Trinitarian Theology and Religious Diversity, St. Michael's College
Terence L. Donaldson - Professor of New Testament, Wycliffe College
Alan L. Hayes - Professor of Church History, Wycliffe College

Bradley McLean - Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Knox College
Judith H. Newman- Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel College

Jaroslav Z. Skira - Associate Professor in Historical Theology, Regis College
Michael Stoeber - Professor in Spirituality, Regis College

Book Review Editor
Pamela R. McCarroll
Professor, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Special area Book Review Editors
Old Testament
: Marion Taylor (Wycliffe College)

New Testament
: Scott M Lewis (Regis College) and Leif E. Vaage (Emmanuel College)

Brian Clarke (Emmanuel College)

Thomas E. Reynolds (Emmanuel College) and John Vissers (Knox College)

: Joseph Schner (Regis College)

Bruce Worthington
- Beattie Fund Editorial Assistant

Editorial Advisory Board
Pablo Argarate (Graz)
Harold W. Attridge (Yale)
Francis Clooney (Harvard)
Ingolf U. Dalferth (Zurich and Santa Barbara)
Annemie Dillen (Leuven)
Carol A. Newsom (Emory)
Andy Orchard (Oxford)
Gilles Routhier (Laval)
Patrice Brodeur (University of Montreal)
Neils Gregersen (University of Copenhagen)

Director of the Toronto School of Theology
Alan L. Hayes

Business Manager
Eve Leyerle

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Professor Abrahim H. Khan
Editor, Toronto Journal of Theology
Trinity College, University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 1H8

Professor Pamela R. McCarroll
Book Review Editor, Toronto Journal of Theology
Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

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Professor Abrahim H. Khan

Toronto Journal of Theology
Toronto School of Theology
47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C3
Phone (416) 978-4039
Fax (416) 978-7821
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Calvin at 500: Resonance and Renewal (Volume 26, Supplement 1, November 2010)
In prospect of the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, I shared with others in three years of planning for an international conference at the University of Toronto. The planning involved representatives from the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Emmanuel College, Knox College, the Institute for Christian Studies, and the Fisher Rare Book Library. As well, encouragement and financial support came from several departments of the university, the consulates-general of the Netherlands and of Switzerland, and the three largest churches of the Reformed heritage in Canada—the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada. Some fifty papers and workshops were presented at the conference that took place June 18–20, 2009. Three major addresses and two enlivening concerts gathered all participants in plenary sessions and generated a celebrative mood. Volume 25, number 2 of the TJT presented the three plenary addresses and three of the papers from the varied sessions. Thanks to the Rev. Edward Jackman, generous ecumenical friend, it is possible to present six other conference papers in this supplemental number. This collection gives good evidence of the diversity of the papers presented at the conference, each reflecting, in its own way, how Calvin’s influence has resonated in different ways down the centuries and has provided impetus for renewal in the Reformed and other churches. As we worked together, conference planners distinguished between two presentation streams, one primarily academic and historical, the other more oriented to theological challenges related to the contemporary practice of ministry. In this way we hoped to meet the interests of two distinct groups (the academic and the ecclesial) for whom the Calvin anniversary would be significant. Understandably, in many cases the record of historical resonances and the imperative for ongoing renewal in the church connected and even overlapped.(excerpt from Editorial by Peter Wyatt)

“Is There a Future for Theological Education in Canada?” (Volume 25 Supplement 1, December 2009)
 The challenges that face theological education in Canada in the twenty-first century are almost too numerous to name. The decline of the mainline churches, the churches’ increasing ambivalence toward academic study, the triumph of learning as technological mastery in the contemporary university, and the reluctance or inability of many students to commit to long-term residency, to name but a few. Added to this, theological education in Canada has its own peculiar struggles. While Canada’s religious climate is certainly no chillier than that of other Western nations, theology in Canada is perhaps particularly vulnerable because of the disparate, and often contentious, histories of Canadian universities made more distinct by geography, regionalism, and North American denominationalism. These features have had the effect of creating what Northrop Frye famously called a ‘‘garrison mentality’’1—the forced enclosure of communities against potential intruders in the remote and isolated outpost. Within my own theological home, Winnipeg, there are eight centres of Christian higher education within a one hundred-kilometre radius. And although there exists a consortium of several of them working together toward degree programs, especially the Master of Divinity, the cohesion of this group is limited, in my view, by its reluctance to engage in doctrinal conversations which might expose its fragmentation. The result of such an under-articulated theology is also a subduing of pedagogical conversations, which are not to be separated from the former, but are rather entirely infused with theological commitments. While recourse to pedagogical method may seem a way of steering clear of the rough terrain of theological controversy, it is, instead, a victory of a particular kind of theology; the decision for pedagogies invested in method over content is still a decision weighed in a specific theological direction. (excerpt from Introduction by Jane Barter Moulaison)

Love and Freedom (Volume 24, Supplement 1, 2008)
Harold Wells has, in so many wonderful ways, embodied the grace of the gospel: the love and freedom flowing from the heart of our God who seeks to liberate and to renew the whole of creation. His career as a teacher, a minister and a teacher of ministers has made a significant and lasting impact on The United Church of Canada and on the wider ecumenical and theological world. As a theologian, and as a servant of Christ in and for the Church, Professor Wells has been gracefully gifted with the charism of peace-making and peace-giving. As a scholar, his knowledge of historical and contextual theology is of considerable depth and breadth. Yet his work as an author and preacher is intimate and accessible for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear.

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