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For me, Christus Victor. We also need to give a proper place to Mary as Wesleyans… but I think J. Vickers could better speak to that, or maybe Pope Francis. (both good Wesleyans)

From here:


Ben Witherington III, Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Kingswell Seminary

Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Duke Divinity School, Duke University

Jason E. Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, United Theological Seminary

Richard P. Thompson, Professor of New Testament, Northwest Nazarene University

The theme for the 2014 meeting is atonement in the Wesleyan tradition. Whereas the Wesleyan theological tradition is often known for its reflection on such topics as holiness, sanctification, and grace, other topics sometimes receive less attention and perhaps may even borrow more from other theological traditions rather than draw from the distinctive emphases that characterize our own tradition. Thus, the broad question for our collective consideration has to do with both the understanding and the place of atonement within the Wesleyan theological tradition, both past and present.

Paper topics might include but are not limited to the following:
• Consideration of biblical passages or voices that offer different perspectives regarding atonement or God’s salvific work
• Understanding/place of atonement in selected sermons or other works of John Wesley
• Understanding/place of atonement in the hymns of Charles Wesley
• Assessment of a key historical Wesleyan figure’s understanding of atonement in relation to other theological themes
• Critique of a particular “classic” atonement theory (or particular theories) from the perspective of the Wesleyan tradition
• Reconsideration of the place of atonement in contemporary theological thought
• Reexamination of atonement due to matters of violence and/or suffering
• Consideration of the atonement from feminist or other liberationist perspectives
• Proposals of new atonement “theories” that more resonate with Wesleyan theologies of via salutis
• Assessment of contemporary views of atonement within popular Christian music/literature
• Consideration of the relationship between a constructive understanding of atonement and Wesleyan ecclesiology, contemporary church practice, etc.

Completed paper proposal forms are to be sent to only one section chair of the program section of preference listed below by September 1, 2013. Proposal forms are provided on the next page. See the WTS website for more information:

Persons interested in proposing new sessions or individual papers that do not fit neatly into our established sections are encouraged to do so. Please submit those to our program chair, Richard Thompson (, also by the September 1, 2013 deadline.

Biblical Studies:
Bill Malas (
Eastern Nazarene College
23 East Elm Ave.
Quincy, MA 02170

Ecumenical Studies:
Don Thorsen (
Phone: 626-815-6000 ext. 5650
Azusa Pacific University
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Intercultural Studies:
Nell Becker Sweeden (
Phone: 816-863-8817
Boston University

Historical Studies:
Jason Vickers (
United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH 45426

Moral Theology:
Joseph Bankard (
Phone: 619-980-3423
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686

Philosophical Theology:
Christina Smerick
Phone: 618-664-6814
Greenville College
315 E. College Ave.
Greenville, IL 62246

Practical Theology/Christian Formation:
Mark Maddix (
Phone: 208-467-8817
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686

Science and Theology:
Thomas Jay Oord (
Phone: 208-467-8816
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686

Systematic Theology:
K. Steve McCormick (
Phone: 816-333-6254
Nazarene Theological Seminary
1700 E. Meyer Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64131

Theological Education:
Brad Johnson
Asbury Theological Seminary
204 N. Lexington Avenue, #1330
Wilmore, KY 40390

Theology and Preaching:
TBD — send proposals to Program Chair, Richard Thompson (
Phone: 208-467-8764
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686

Women’s Studies:
Karen Winslow (
Phone: 626-815-6000, Ext. 5655
Azusa Pacific University
Graduate School of Theology
P.O. Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

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