Call for Papers

Issue 31: Time

Submissions Due: January 31, 2019

Philosophy and Christian theology have a long history of theorizing on the nature of humanity in relation to time. Christian theology, for example, speaks of creation as the beginning of time or of a God who enters into human history and changes the course of time. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas spoke of a God who existed outside of time—an atemporal reality. Georg Hegel, and Alfred North Whitehead after him, imagined God as the ongoing process of events in the extension of time. Martin Heidegger spoke of authenticity as possible only after we have made peace with our own inevitable march toward death. Jacques Derrida insisted that meaning and justice remain in a state of deferral, always yet to come. Christians struggle to understand the nature and possibilities of the present moment while also making the realities of the end—the end of all things, including time itself—present in the present.

In the next issue of The Other Journal, we take up these ideas as we seek theologically infused contributions on the themes of time, history, and eschatology. The following are some–but certainly not all–of the questions authors might wish to consider: What is the nature of time? How does time influence and shape the modern world and those who inhabit it? Is God in or out of time? What is the relationship between theology and history? How might historical investigation function in a theological register? How will time end? Or how does Christianity’s varied conceptions about the end of things influence our present moment?

From human finitude and the passing of time to the nature of historical investigation and humanity’s reluctance to reckon with its past, from the distance spark of the beginning of all things to a future end that shapes our present, we seek essays, creative writing, art, and reviews that uniquely engage this complex conversation. As always, we are particularly interested in contributions that tackle these themes with verve and slant, contributions that open our ears to the peacefully contrarian Christ by way of their distinctive style, ideas, and progressive consideration of the other.

More information on our submission guidelines, including our email address, can be found on our Submissions page.