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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Saints and Cities: Hagiography and Urban History submission deadline 16 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1074 | 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 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3615 | 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 365 | 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 336 | 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 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12882 | 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)
Global Catholicism
edited by Bryan Froehle and Massimo Faggioli
submission deadline 25 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4153 | 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
Medieval Theology and Philosophy from a Cross-Cultural Perspective submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 14196 | 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 | 7 articles | Viewed by 12164 | Submission Open
Keywords: spirituality; religion; resilience; trauma; posttraumatic growth; spiritual intelligence; spiritually sensitive practise; best practice
Ideas and Images Serving Christianity: Words Illustrated by Forms and Forms Explained by Words submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 10735 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christianity; Cristian doctrine; Patrology; theology; Christian iconography; Church history; medieval culture; Christian society; popular devotion; religious experience; liturgical hymns; interdisciplinary studies; Middle Ages; Renaissance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Texts, Interpretations, and Reception Histories in Chinese Christianity
edited by Qinghe Xiao and Naomi Thurston
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 8843 | Submission Open
Keywords: texts; interpretations; Chinese Christianity; core terms and concepts; theological reception; recep-tion history; hymns; Chinese Christian literature
Worship and Faith Formation
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 8046 | Submission Open
Keywords: worship; liturgy; faith formation; ritual studies; practical theology; religious education
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
The History of Religions in China: The Rise, Fall, and Return
edited by and Minhao Zhai
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 7372 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhism; Daoism; Chinese religions; Dunhuang; popular religion; Manichaeism; Nestorianism; manuscripts; ritual; material culture
Contemporary Religion, Media and Popular Culture submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6293 | Submission Open
Keywords: contemporary religion; mediatization; popular culture; mass culture; emerging media; power
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Multilingualism in Religious Musical Practice submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4822 | Submission Open
Keywords: multicultural worship; multilingualism; music; justice; care; Christianity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Buddhist Literature and Art across Eurasia
edited by Ming Chen
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4340 | Submission Open
Keywords: Eurasia; Buddhist literature; Buddhist art; trans-media; text– image interaction
Constructing the ‘European Muslim Crisis’: Discourse, Policy, and Everyday Realities
edited by Tahir Abbas, Richard McNeil-Willson and Lianne Vostermans
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3121 | Submission Open
Keywords: crisis; nationalism; Islamophobia; identity construction; othering
Renewal, Innovation, and Transformation: The Changing Face of Judaism in Modern Times
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2446 | Submission Open
Celluloid Jesus—Beyond the Text-Centric Paradigm
edited by Chan Sok Park, and Teng-Kuan Ng
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2446 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion and film; religion and visual and material culture; Jesus; biblical studies; film studies; media studies; world cinema
The Intercultural Hermeneutics of the Bible in Aotearoa-New Zealand
edited by John Hans de Jong
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1824 | Submission Open
Keywords: Aotearoa-New Zealand; Māori; Christianity; Bible; colonialism; missonaries; ātua
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Reclaiming Voices: Women's Contributions to Baptist History
edited by Melody Maxwell
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1638 | Submission Open
Keywords: Baptist; woman; gender; church; Christianity; Protestant; history
Buddhist Art, Artifact and Culture Worldwide
edited by Karil J. Kucera
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1608 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhism; global; worldwide; local; Buddhist art; Buddhist material culture; Buddhist artifacts; Buddhist sacred site; Buddhist constructed space; Buddhist architecture; pagoda; cave; temple; relic; sculpture; painting; print; image; icon; transnational exchange
The Role of Religions in Multiple Modern Societies: The Global South
edited by Cristian Parker and Daniel Gutiérrez Martínez
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1520 | Submission Open
Keywords: multiple modernities and religion; role of religions in the global south; religion and politics in the global south; lived and popular religions in the global south; modernization and religions; diverse emerging religious and spiritual expressions; framing modernity through religious belief
The Interreligious Dialogue: Philosophical Perspectives submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1409 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious experience; hermeneutics of religious experience; phenomenology of religion; theory of intercultural dialogue; intercultural studies; interreligious studies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
C. S. Lewis and Film
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1361 | Submission Open
Keywords: C. S. Lewis; film; personal heresy; an experiment in criticism; chronicles of Narnia; theology; Christian literary theory; Shadowlands; Disney
Religion and/of the Future submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 642 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; spirituality; future; technology; artificial intelligence; virtual reality; new religious movements; neuroscience; brain; well-being
Śākta Purāṇas in Hindu Religious Practice, Text, and History
edited by Patricia Dold
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 528 | Submission Open
Keywords: Śākta Purāṇas; Devī Purāṇa; Devī Bhagavata Purāṇa; Kālikā Purāṇa; Mahābhāgavata Purāṇa; Upapurāṇas; Śākta texts; Śākta narrative; Śāktism; Hindu Goddesses
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Interreligious Peacebuilding in a Global Context
edited by Mohammed Abu-Nimer
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 308 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion and peace; interreligious peacebuilding; peace and justice; interfaith and intrafaith dialogue; religion; diplomacy; religion and development; globalization and interreligious peace; freedom of religion and beliefs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The Swiss Reformation 1525–2025: New Directions
edited by Bruce Gordon
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 224 | Submission Open
Keywords: Swiss reformation; reformed theology; lived religion; church history; communication networks; early modern religious cultures; social history; religious politics
Theology and Anthropology: A Critical Discussion
edited by Peter Versteeg and Petruschka Schaafsma
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 119 | Submission Open
Keywords: anthropology; theology; dialogue; transformation; reception; methodology
Sport and Religion: Continuities, Connections, Concerns
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 10038 | Submission Open
Keywords: sport and religion; experience; worship; secularity; ethics; local perspectives; empirical work; inter-disciplinarity; gender and ethnicity; liberation; capitalism; fiction and film
Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Past and Present
edited by and Asher J. Mattern
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1047 | Submission Open
Keywords: Jewish– Muslim relations; concepts of God and man; theology; philosophy; jurisprudence; pedagogy; sociology; hermeneutics; ethics
Religions and Violence: Dialogue and Dialectic
edited by Eric Morrow and
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 907 | Submission Open
Early Church Fathers: Their Contributions and Legacy in Christian Thought
edited by Jamie Blosser
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 329 | Submission Open
Keywords: Church Fathers; patristics; ethics; moral theology
The Growth of Global Evangelicalism
edited by Nathan Tarr
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 134 | Submission Open
Keywords: history; evangelicalism; lived experience; global; scripture/biblicism; spirit; crucicentrism; activism; culture; conversion; spiritual disciplines
Diasporic Hybridity: How It Impacts Religious Identity and Practice in Today’s Pluralistic World
edited by Julius-Kei Kato and Peniel Rajkumar
submission deadline 5 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 194 | Submission Open
Keywords: diasporic hybridity (in the context of “ diasporic hybridity; ” all of the key expressions below); religion and diaspora; religion and hybridity; religious pluralism; religious diversity; religious identities; religious practices; interreligious dialogue; religious communities; yheology and pluralism; postcolonial thought
Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Care and Counselling
edited by Charló Camilleri and Glen Attard
submission deadline 13 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2074 | Submission Open
Keywords: pastoral ministry; spiritual care; counselling; well-being
Religious Ethics and Law: A Comparative Perspective
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3252 | Submission Open
Exploring Leibniz’s Religion and Philosophy of Religion: Essays in Honour of Maria Rosa Antognazza (1964–2023)
edited by Lloyd Strickland
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 1024 | Submission Open
Keywords: Leibniz; religion; philosophy of religion; theology; theodicy; optimism; evil; church reunion; Christianity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Studies on Medieval Liturgy and Ritual
edited by Eva-Maria Butz and Jörg Bölling
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 163 | Submission Open
Keywords: liturgy; ritual; ceremony; correctness; mediality; materiality; space; music; gender
Womanist Thought: Freedom, Violence, and Sexual Embodiment submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2621 | Submission Open
Keywords: womanist; justice; power; violence; sexual violence; freedom; legacy; activism; ritual; education; intersectionality
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Preaching as a Theological Practice in Postmodernity
edited by and Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 405 | Submission Open
Keywords: preaching; homiletics; postmodernism; theology; homiletical theology; theological practice
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religious Experience and the Phenomenology of Nature
edited by Felix Ó Murchadha and Mary Shanahan
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 276 | Submission Open
Keywords: philosophy of nature; the Sacred; dis-enchantment/re-enchantment; phenomenology of religion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Buddhist Art and Ritual Spaces in the Global Perspective
edited by
submission deadline 21 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 438 | Submission Open
Keywords: Buddhism; art; architecture; painting; cave; mural; sculpture; devotion; ritual; India; Tibet; Asia; Japan; China; Mahayana; Theravada; Vajrayana
The Valorization of Religion by Media
edited by
submission deadline 22 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4601 | Submission Open
Keywords: religious symbols; religious publicity; publicization; mediation; mediatization; marketization; commodification; digital religion; religious entertainment; populist politics
Religion in Extractive Zones
edited by Terra Schwerin Rowe, , Christiana Zenner and Devin Singh
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 1376 | Submission Open
Keywords: extractivism; energy humanities; petroculture studies; colonization and coloniality; race and religion; ecotheology; religion and ecology; religion and economy
The Medieval Crusades History
edited by Luigi Russo
submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 247 | Submission Open
Keywords: crusades; Jerusalem; Holy Land; pilgrimage; military orders; Byzantium; Muslims
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Inter-religious Relations: Prejudices and Conflicts—Dialogue and Integration submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 38876 | Submission Open
Keywords: inter-religious relations; religious pluralization; prejudice; conflict; dialogue; integration; globalization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religion, Spirituality and Medicine: Insights into Contemporary Perspectives
edited by Stefania Palmisano and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5947 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; spirituality; medicine; health and salvation; sociology; sociology of religion; boundaries
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Religion and Politics: Interactions and Boundaries
edited by Daniele Santarelli, Lorenza Gianfrancesco and Domizia Weber
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1430 | Submission Open
Keywords: political– religious conflict; tolerance; freedom; Heresy; persecutions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Christology: Christian Writings and the Reflections of Theologians
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1340 | Submission Open
Keywords: Jesus Christ; scripture; christology; divinity; humanity; redemption
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