Practical Theology Journal Special Issue – Call for Papers: Artificial Intelligence in Theological Perspective

Category: Call for Papers

Date: February 28, 2024

Engaging Practical Theology in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Contemporary Reflections on Narratives of Apprehension, Anxiety, Wonder, and Hope

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming our world, prompting profound questions about the impact on
human life, society, and spirituality. While AI and related technologies have been under development and
use for over 50 years, the past few years have significantly raised its public profile in the everyday world.
Ongoing development of this technology permeates various facets of our existence, reshaping how we
work, communicate, understand and control the world around us, and think about ourselves and others.
Integrating AI technologies in daily life brings both challenges and opportunities, raising ethical
considerations and opening new frontiers for exploration.

This special issue invites scholars, with a pronounced emphasis on practical theology, to explore the
complex interplay between AI, religious practice, theological perspectives, race, gender and societal
structures. By fostering a nuanced understanding of AI’s impact within the realm of practical theology, we
aim to illuminate the multifaceted dimensions of these challenges and pave the way for thoughtful,
inclusive discourse.

Furthermore, we invite performative pieces within each theme that rigorously integrate practical theology
into the exploration of AI. Contributions should critically examine AI’s implications for the praxis of the
people of God, incorporating contextual theologies from various religious traditions. We particularly
welcome scholars focusing on genders, sexuality, and class to provide a comprehensive understanding of
the impact of AI on diverse communities.

Download the full call for papers here

Please submit a 150-250 word abstract to Associate Editor Calida Chu before 15 April at: calida.chu@nottingham.ac.uk. We will notify you around end April for our decision to invite you to submit the full paper (6000-8000 words) to our editorial system before 1 September for further peer review, to be published in our special issue in early 2025. For informal enquires, please contact Calida as well.