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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Theology and Anthropology: A Critical Discussion
edited by Peter Versteeg and Petruschka Schaafsma
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 105 | 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 9757 | 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 1002 | Submission Open
Keywords: Jewish– Muslim relations; concepts of God and man; theology; philosophy; jurisprudence; pedagogy; sociology; hermeneutics; ethics
Early Church Fathers: Their Contributions and Legacy in Christian Thought
edited by Jamie Blosser
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 296 | 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 120 | 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 178 | 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 2031 | 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 3120 | 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 991 | 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 151 | 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 2548 | 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 389 | 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 244 | 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 419 | 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 4389 | 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 1344 | 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 207 | 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 38138 | 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 5581 | 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 1305 | 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 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1035 | Submission Open
Keywords: Jesus Christ; scripture; christology; divinity; humanity; redemption
Religious Diversity and Social Studies Education
edited by and Erin Reid
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 620 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; religious diversity; social studies education; citizenship education; teacher education
Buddhist Meditation in Central Asia
edited by Nobuyoshi Yamabe and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 265 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
New Testament Studies - Current Trends and Criticisms
edited by Susanne Luther, Birke Siggelkow-Berner and Clarissa Breu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 205 | Submission Open
Keywords: New Testament; theories; history; present; methods
Transformative and Emancipatory Potentials of Indigenous, Folk, and Other Religions at the Margins
edited by and Lara Martin Lengel
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 182 | Submission Open
Keywords: indigenous religions; folk religions; non-dominant religions; near-extinct religions; religions at the margins; emancipatory religious praxis; alternative religious discourses
The Right to Freedom of Religion: Contributions submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 164 | Submission Open
Keywords: freedom of conscience; human rights; religious freedom; legal protection of religious freedom; sacred texts; legal texts; monotheistic religions; ancient edicts on religious freedom; international law and European Union law on religious freedom
Disputed Issues about the Psalms in History and Research
edited by Uta Heil and Sebastiano Panteghini
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 111 | Submission Open
Keywords: psalms; exegesis; reception history; interreligious dialogue; Jewish– Christian Relations; rabbinic literature; Septuagint; Vetus Latina; Gallicanic psalter; church fathers; prayer; liturgy
Latin American Theology of Liberation in the 21st Century submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3939 | Submission Open
Keywords: Latin American Theology; Theology of Liberation; Theology of the People; Latin American Church; Pope Francis and Latin American Theology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Undisciplining Religion and Science: Science, Religion and Nature
edited by and Lisa Stenmark
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 308 | Submission Open
Keywords: religion; science; and technology; critical theories; new materialisms; de/postcolonial studies; narrative thought; Hannah Arendt
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Engaging Sacred Practices: Explorations in Practical Theology
edited by
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 116 | Submission Open
Keywords: practical theology; Christian spirituality; spiritual practices; intersectionality; religious practices; reflection
Faith in Action: Examining the Power and Purpose of a Public Theology in Contemporary Society
edited by Clive Pearson
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 104 | Submission Open
Keywords: public theology; common good; signs of the time; justice; truth; compassion; freedom; local; global
“One Theology in Many Theologies?”—What Holds the Book of Isaiah Together Theologically in the Diversity of Its Statements?
edited by Burkard M. Zapff
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 84 | Submission Open
Keywords: the Book of Isaiah; theology; Zion; God; servants; God's kingship; salvation; judgment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Theology and the Arts: Embodied Belief submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2120 | Submission Open
Keywords: theology and the arts; ritual; embodiment; performance; incarnation; liturgical studies
Sustainable Development: The Normative Contribution of Theology
edited by Bernhard Bleyer and René M. Micallef
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 329 | Submission Open
Keywords: systematic theology; normativity; sustainable development; ecology; globalization; world religions
Roots, Religion and Resistance: Unpacking the Spectrum of Black Nationalist Movements
edited by Kevin Burrell
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 123 | Submission Open
Keywords: Pan-Africanism; diaspora; black religions; black nationalism; Garvey; Rastafarianism; black identity; Black Hebrew Israelites; black resistance movements
Through the Lens of a Realist Metaphysics: Gender and the Teaching of the Catholic Church
edited by Deborah Savage
submission deadline 15 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 87 | Submission Open
Keywords: metaphysics; philosophical realism; neuroscience; gender; man and woman; Catholic Church; human sexuality; complementarity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Sacred Battlefields of the Eastern Europe: The Role of Orthodox Christianity in Geopolitics
edited by Tornike Metreveli and Emil Bjørn Hilton Saggau
submission deadline 18 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 841 | Submission Open
Keywords: orthodox Christianity; geopolitics; nationalism; canonical territorial conflicts; church-state relations; eastern Europe; southern Europe; canonical territoriality; religious influence; political power
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Postcolonial Literature and Ecotheology
edited by and Animesh Roy
submission deadline 24 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 779 | Submission Open
Keywords: ecotheology; postcolonialism; secular literature; climate change; indigeneity; cosmology; secularism; sacred literature; creation; immanence; environmentalism
Evangelical Theology Today: Exploring Theological Perspectives
edited by Ronald T. Michener
submission deadline 30 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 163 | Submission Open
Keywords: evangelicalism; evangelical theological method; postconservative evangelicalism; postconservative theology; post-modern evangelicalism; theological interpretation
Travel and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6794 | Submission Open
Keywords: ancient Mediterranean; travel; mobility; religious practice; lived ancient religion; intercultural contact; history of travel; travel literature; material culture
Varieties of Revelation: Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy in the Perspective of Divine Disclosure
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4404 | Submission Open
Keywords: revelation; divine disclosure; theology; philosophy; hermeneutics; Scripture; inspiration; eschatology; mysticism; interfaith dialogue
Muslim Women in the 21st Century: Agency, Influence, and Lived Experience
edited by , and Rachel Woodlock
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3826 | Submission Open
Keywords: islam; muslim; gender; women; agency; influence; lived experience; leadership; muslim feminism; transnational identities; islamophobia; inclusion; women and religious law; stereotypes; diveristy; social conditions; lived religion; race and class
Heretical Religiosity
edited by David Ohana
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2799 | Submission Open
Keywords: Nihilism; homo religious; antinomianism heresy; Max Schiller; Gershom Scholem; Martin Buber; Friedrich Nietzsche  
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Buddhist Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Buddhist Theories of Mind
edited by Chien-Te Lin
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2435 | Submission Open
Keywords: buddhist psychology; mindfulness; well-being; consciousness; self
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The Energy God and Other Alternatives to the Theistic View of God and Spirituality
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1461 | Submission Open
Keywords: mysticism; spirituality; dao; ground of being; brahman; kabbalah; sufism; nirvana; panentheism
The Bible within Ancient and Modern Cultures
edited by Jonathan M. Watt
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1373 | Submission Open
Keywords: biblical studies; historical & cultural relevance; theology; counseling; cross-disciplinary
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Transformations in Daoist Ritual Texts and Other Daoist Literature Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties
edited by , Bony Schachter and Jacopo Scarin
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 469 | Submission Open
Keywords: Daoist canonical texts; Daoist literature; Daoist ritual texts; religious writings; contemporary Daoist texts; transformation of texts; symbolism in writing; circulation of texts; Daoist community
Christian Leadership: Exploring the Theological, Biblical, and Social–Scientific Foundations and Applications
edited by Joshua D. Henson
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 283 | Submission Open
Keywords: Christian leadership; biblical leadership; theological studies; biblical studies; religious studies; ecclesiology; leadership; character; values; leader behavior; leadership styles
Spirituality in Religious Music
edited by Carl Petter Opsahl
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 225 | Submission Open
Keywords: music; spirituality; religion; musicking; ritual; theology; esthetic theory; community
Voices from the 'Periphery of Islam': Discourses of Authenticity, Rooting and Community-Building
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 175 | Submission Open
Keywords: Islam in Asia; Islam in Africa; Islam in Europe and USA; authenticity; contestive heterogenization; local rooting; Islam from the soil
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