Upcoming Conferences

10-11 June 2021: The Nature and Logic of God’s Love

NB: This conference was originally scheduled for 14-15 October 2020.

‘God is love’ is a central Biblical notion, but what does this ‘love’ mean and how does it function? Theological definitions of love have discerned aspects of intentionality, emotion, disposition, relation, vulnerability and suffering. The internal logic of love differs from a logic of power. Power often is a zero-sum game: the powerful wins what the powerless loses. Love, however, evokes more love; while a lack of love results in a loss for all. In a theological sense, love is both based in the beautiful order of creation, and fruit of the Spirit who renews people eschatologically. Meanwhile, the Bible testifies to the asymmetric relation in the game of love between the mighty, living God and his people. All these aspects raise the question anew: what is the logic of love?

Key Note Speakers:

  • Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen)
  • Manfred Oeming (Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg)
  • Ruben Zimmermann (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for a paper presentation in a conference session. The Call for Papers is open until March 15th 2021.

The conference will be held online due to the uncertainty regarding covid restrictions. 

2022: Discriminations in the Bible

The final conference of the research programme Discriminating Love: God’s Love As Distinctiveness, Preference, and Judgment focuses on ‘discriminations’ in the Bible. The right not to be discriminated is a fundamental constitutional right in Western societies, and yet, ‘discriminations’ are made both in a positive and a negative sense. This is also true of the biblical world. How are these discriminations to be conceptualized and evaluated? Does God discriminate, and what does that mean? These questions will be addressed at the BEST conference due in 2022.

Call for papers: In preparation

Location: To be announced, probably Apeldoorn or Kampen (the Netherlands)  

Past Conferences

For our past conferences and the conference volumes, see Past conferences.