Special Issues

Religions publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Promising Images of Love: Religion, Norms, and the Mediatisation of Weddings
edited by Marie-Therese Mäder and Anna-Katharina Höpflinger
submission deadline 24 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3009 | Submission Open
Keywords: weddings; religions; values; norms; mediatisation; tradition; transformation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Global Catholicism
edited by Bryan Froehle and Massimo Faggioli
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3375 | Submission Open
Keywords: case study; catholicity; circle method; culture; development of doctrine; ecclesiology; hermeneutics; intercultural theology; interdisciplinarity; method; methodology; Missio Dei; missiology; political economy; practical theology; sensus fidelium; sensus fidelium fidei; synodality; world Christianity; world regions
The Interaction of Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian Thinkers in the Sui and Early Tang Dynasty submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8585 | Submission Open
Keywords: Tang dynasty philosophy; Tang dynasty religions; inter-religious discourses; three teachings; Tang dynasty Buddhism; Tang dynasty Daoism; Tang dynasty Confucianism
The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Times of Crisis submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 8337 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; spirituality; crisis; religiosity; religious coping; well-being
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Anthropological Perspectives on Diaspora and Religious Identities
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1667 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious identity; diasporas; anthropology; commonsense; strangeness; movement; sedentarism
Religiosity and Psychopathology
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 442 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious depression; demon possession; demon obsession; religious hysteria; magic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Where Is God? Contemporary Views on Arguments for God’s Existence submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 365 | Submission Open
Keywords: the existence of God; theistic arguments; atheistic arguments; natural theology; theism; atheism; ultimism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
A Transformation in God: Change, Regret, and Inconsistency in the Deity of the Hebrew Bible
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 256 | Submission Open
Keywords: Hebrew Bible theology; divine regret and change of mind; divine errors; divine infallibility/inerrancy
New Testament Studies - Current Trends and Criticisms
edited by Susanne Luther, Birke Siggelkow-Berner and Clarissa Breu
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 137 | Submission Open
Keywords: New Testament; theories; history; present; methods
Early Christian Communities: Exploring Theological Diversities before Christian Empire
edited by Frank Guertin
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 114 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christian mystical theology; early Christian beliefs; early Christian spirituality; Christian metaphysics; pre-Constantinian Christianity; philosophical theology; political theology
Theism in the Language of Humanism: Reincarnations of the Transcendent God in the Secular Subject
edited by and
submission deadline 1 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5707 | Submission Open
Keywords: humanistic religion; post-secular thought; post-secular society; post-secular subject; theism and humanism; new religiosity
Expressions of Chinese Christianity in Texts and Contexts
edited by Lars Laamann and Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
submission deadline 1 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2112 | Submission Open
Keywords: anti-Christian movement; Bible translation; boxer movement; Cantonese; Catholicism; Christian literature; children’ s literature; hymns; indigenization; lutheranism; mission schools; missionary medicine; music; protestantism
Religions and Violence: Dialogue and Dialectic
edited by Eric Morrow and
submission deadline 1 May 2024 | Viewed by 606 | Submission Open
Ecclesiastical Tribunals and “Superstition” in Early Modern Europe (Fifteenth–Nineteenth Centuries)
edited by Guido Dall'Olio and Matteo Duni
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1202 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; superstition; popular culture; witchcraft; magic; folklore; Catholic Church; Protestant Churches; inquisition; tribunals; ecclesiastical
Asceticism, Mysticism, and the Affirmation of the World in Christianity and Islam submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3792 | Submission Open
Keywords: asceticism; mysticism; comparative theology; comparative religions; Christianity; Islam; Sufism
The Ethics of the Body in Different Religious Traditions and Spiritual Discourses
edited by Gabriel Noje and Daniel Lemeni
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 883 | Submission Open
Keywords: human corporeality; the ethics of the body; embodiment; desire; repentance; sin; emotions; asceticism; moral responsibility; spirituality of the heart; illness of body; sexuality; mind-body practices; relaxation techniques; transfigured body
Dissolutions of Monasteries
edited by
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 326 | Submission Open
Keywords: monasteries; secularisation; anticlericalism; comparative history
Exploring the Emotional Turn of Religious Studies
edited by Yvonne Thai, and Scott Dunbar
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | Viewed by 282 | Submission Open
Keywords: emotions; religious emotions; spirituality; religion; interreligious dialogue; self-transcendent emotions; spiritual experience; empirical theology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Critical Issues in Christian Ethics
edited by , Richard Rose and Sandra Morgan
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 289 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christian; conversion; discipleship; ethics; evil; faith; forgiveness; fruit of the spirit; God; gospel; good and bad; Heaven; Hell; holiness; justification; Jesus; judgment; justice; law; light; love; Paul; rebirth; religion; salvation; repentance; righteousness; right and wrong; Romans 12; sanctification; sin; the Ten Commandments; truth and lie; the Sermon on the Mount; works of the flesh
Religious Ethics in a Conflicted World
edited by Ralf K. Wüstenberg, Zeina Barakat and Thies Münchow
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 241 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; ethics; political theology; conflict; ideology; politics; dialogue; reconciliation; justice; empathy; truth; antisemitism
Church, Clergy, and Authority: An Exploration of Medieval Religious Life and Culture
edited by Jack Cunningham and Angelo M. Silvestri
submission deadline 25 May 2024 | Viewed by 196 | Submission Open
Keywords: church; authority; community; dissent; culture; clergy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Catholic Encounter with Chinese Thought, Society and Politics in the Ming–Qing Dynasties
edited by Thierry Meynard
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 11149 | Submission Open
Keywords: late Ming and early/mid-Qing; Catholic studies; history of Chinese Catholicism; Western missionaries; Chinese Christians; global– local perspectives; Chinese– Western cultural exchange.
Catholic Education and Pope Francis’ Dream for a Synodal Church submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8709 | Submission Open
Keywords: synod; synodality; Catholic education; pedagogy; Church; Pope Francis; teaching; religious education; faith formation; governance; Catholic schools; Catholic higher education; leadership; discernment; decision making; bishops; teachers; parish; Gravissimum educationis; Vatican
Current Trends in Pauline Research: Philippians
edited by Isaac Blois and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 5232 | Submission Open
Keywords: Philippians; hermeneutics; pauline studies; ethics; early Christianity; comparative studies; Paul within Judaism; social scientific studies; social identity theory; Carmen Christi; Christ Hymn
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Pastoral Theology in a Multi-Crisis Environment
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3807 | Submission Open
Keywords: epidemic; environmental disaster; war; economic crisis; threat; risk; loss; pastoral support
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Theology and Science: Loving Science, Discovering the Divine submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2300 | Submission Open
Keywords: science; artificial intelligence; technology; ethics; spirituality; religion; theology
Climate Crisis and Religions/Spirituality
edited by Takeshi Kimura
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1380 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; spirituality; climate crisis; environment; sustainability; intergenerational ethics
Religious Conflict and Coexistence in Korea
edited by and
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1162 | Submission Open
Keywords: Korean religion; religious conflict; interreligious dialogue
Sikhi, Sikhs and Caste: Lived Experiences in a Global Context
edited by Opinderjit Kaur Takhar
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 1000 | Submission Open
Keywords: activism; /bani/; caste; egalitarianism; endogamy; equality; legislation; Panjabi culture; pollution; purity; Sikhi; /zat/
Vulnerability in Theology, the Humanities and Social Sciences submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 355 | Submission Open
Keywords: vulnerability; resilience; vulnerance; dispositive of power; gender perspectives
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Interreligious Dialogue and Conflict
edited by Georgios Trantas
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 292 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; war; conflict; reconciliation; religioscapes; soft power; Europe; Middle East; Balkans; Russia
Middle East Religions from Comparative Perspectives—How Religion Is Shaping the Middle East
edited by and Zofia Sawicka
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 231 | Submission Open
Keywords: diversity of religions; Middle East; interreligious dialogue; intercultural communications; religion and politics; religious identity; Judaism; Christianity; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism
Zoroastrianism: History, Texts, Exegesis
edited by Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo and Enrico G. Raffaelli
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 206 | Submission Open
Keywords: Zoroastrianism; Avesta; Pahlavi; New Persian; Gujarati; exegesis; Iran; India
Religion and Social Processes in the History of South Asia
edited by Michel Boivin
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 153 | Submission Open
Keywords: South Asia; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; sect; caste; social organisation; religious beliefs
Religious Wonder in Pre-Modern Korea: Its Social, Cultural, Political Aspects
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 146 | Submission Open
Keywords: wonder; yŏnghŏm; lingyan; Korea; Korean religion; Korean Buddhism; Korean Confucianism; Korean folk religion; Korean Catholicism
Religion and Medicine: Expanding Understandings of Human Flourishing
edited by and Monnica T. Williams
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 9681 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; medicine; spirituality; holism; ritual and ceremonial healing; somatic healing; psychedelic healing
Divine Logos in Translation: Philosophy and Biblical-Exegesis in Context submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7798 | Submission Open
Keywords: translation; exegesis; divine revelation; Judaism; Christianity; Islam; philosophy; science
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religion and Public Agenda: Complexity and the Challenges of the Common Home submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6867 | Submission Open
Keywords: common home; complexity; public theology; religious studies; interculturality; 2030 agenda; Laudato si’ ; sustainable development goals; Pope Francis; transdisciplinarity
Localization, Globalization and Glocalization: Paradigm Shifts in the Study of Transmission and Transformation of Buddhism in Asia and Beyond
edited by Jinhua Chen and Ru Zhan
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1132 | Submission Open
Keywords: localization; globalization; glocalization; world history; Buddhism’ s transborder transmission; sinification of Buddhism
Buddhism, Science and Technology: Challenges to Religions from a Digitalized World
edited by Jeffrey Theodore Kotyk and Ru Zhan
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 263 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhism and science; artificial intelligence; Buddhism and medicine; Buddhism and printing; Buddhism and mathematics; Buddhism and astronomy
Climate Change and Religion: Challenges, Changes and Next Steps in Theology and Praxis
edited by Ryan LaMothe and Storm Swain
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 235 | Submission Open
Keywords: Anthropocene; care; climate change; climate distress; eco-emotions; ethics; moral injury; pastoral theology; practical theology; religious experience; trauma
Dolls and Idols: Critical Essays in Neo-Animism
edited by Fabio Gygi and Alisha SAikia
submission deadline 1 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 201 | Submission Open
Keywords: animism; neo-animism; dolls; idols; relationality; attachment
Medieval Judaism and Jewish Diaspora: With an Emphasis on Crypto-Judaism
edited by Lúcia Helena Costigan and Gabriel Mordoch
submission deadline 5 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 203 | Submission Open
Keywords: medieval Judaism; early modern Judaism; Jewish diaspora; Crypto-Judaism; marranos; anussim; Jewish history; forced conversion; diaspora communities; Jewish identity; middle ages; cultural contributions; persecution; religious practices; interdisciplinary studies; inquisition
Saints and Cities: Hagiography and Urban History submission deadline 16 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 247 | Submission Open
Keywords: history; hagiography; saints; shrines; medieval Europe; cities; urban history; urban life
The Concept of God: The Intersection of Classical Theism and Relational Theism
edited by John C. Peckham
submission deadline 17 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2218 | Submission Open
Keywords: doctrine of God; God– world relationship; classical theism; relational theism; neo-classical theism; attributes of God; nature of God; creator– creature distinction; theology proper; Christianity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Shared Religious Education
edited by , Janet Orchard and Karlo Meyer
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 283 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious education; shared education; inter-religious learning; worldviews education; interfaith dialogue
Liturgy between Tradition and Contemporary Practice
edited by Pavel Kopeček
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 222 | Submission Open
Keywords: liturgy and religion; experience; worship; secularity; culture; theology; liturgy; interdisciplinarity; virtuality; ritual; anthropology; celebrating; church; ecclesiology; community
Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Societies submission deadline 24 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 10500 | Submission Open
Keywords: pastoral care; spiritual care; interreligious; intercultural; spirituality; spiritual needs; health care chaplaincy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Medieval Theology and Philosophy from a Cross-Cultural Perspective submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 10960 | Submission Open
Keywords: medieval Christian theology and philosophy; medieval Muslim theology and philosophy; medi-eval Jewish theology and philosophy; medieval cross-cultural study; theology vs philosophy in medieval period; Greek heritage of medieval philosophy and theology
Spirituality, Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10401 | Submission Open
Keywords: spirituality; religion; resilience; trauma; posttraumatic growth; spiritual intelligence; spiritually sensitive practise; best practice
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