About the Journal

The Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society (JOGTS) is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes scholarly articles in the field of theology and religion.

Current Issue

Published: 2021-10-11


Editorial Introduction

Tim Middleton
Abstract 106 | PDF Downloads 114

Page 4-5

Guest Introduction

Christopher Key Chapple
Abstract 85 | PDF Downloads 88

Page 6-8

Revisiting Romans 13:1-7 in Times of Crisis

Melissa J. Barciela Mandala
Abstract 278 | PDF Downloads 309

Page 9-30

Magic and Modernity

Alan Macfarlane
Abstract 123 | PDF Downloads 159

Page 51-64

Kierkegaard for the Information Age

Daniel Bennett
Abstract 158 | PDF Downloads 243

Page 65-100

"God, who giveth us richly"

Jackson Reinhardt
Abstract 153 | PDF Downloads 178

Page 101-114

Spiritual Imagination and Contemporaneity

Mimi Nicholson
Abstract 133 | PDF Downloads 183

Page 115-136


CALL FOR PAPERS: Hope and Time in Theology and Religion 

In wake of the theme “Theology, Religion and Crisis” of the previous edition of The Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society, the matter of hope arises as a complex consideration entailing that, at some point, that which is hoped for, desired, trusted, believed, or relied upon will come to be. Not hope alone, however, but the matter of hope in and of time and the time for or of hope is also deceptively confounding and there is great potential in contemplating the inextricable link between hope and time.

Whilst there is a tendency in life and in scholarship to descend abjectly into the timeless and hopeless conceptual abyss, hope and time offer plentiful resources to avoid this. The world over—across philosophical, religious, theological, scientific and cultural traditions and epochs—thinkers have wrestled and struggled, contemplating and presenting their own thoughts on these two foundational human constructs. Along the way, whether ancient, modern, postmodern, or other, some of the most creative, penetrating, stimulating, and beautiful—but also ambivalent and difficult—cogitations and works of argumentation, prose, poetry, myth, literature, and art have and continue to emerge and populate the diverse and ever-evolving theological and religious landscapes we occupy (and have occupied).

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2020 has been a year of intersecting crises. From the distress of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout of national lockdowns, to the urgent cry of Black Lives Matter and the mounting seriousness of ecological collapse, this past year has been one unlike any other in recent memory. As in previous times of crisis, theologians and scholars of religion feel the pressure of these events acutely; through the institutional voices of certain religions, through challenges to the subject’s critical and intellectual framework, and simply through the disruption of their day-to-day lives. In light of this, key questions persist about the role of theology and religion in such times of crisis. How should theologians and scholars of religion engage with and react to the crises which have characterised the year 2020? What insight can the subject offer in response to these events, both practically and conceptually? In what ways might religions and religious institutions themselves be in crisis? For this edition of The Journal of the Oxford Graduate Theological Society, the Editorial Board invites papers exploring these questions and the broad theme of ‘Theology, Religion and Crisis’ from a variety of (inter)disciplinary perspectives.


Made possible by generous support from the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford.