American Journal of Theology & Philosophy Recommended Reading

Edited by Gary Slater, the American Journal of Theology & Philosophy (AJTP) is the official journal of The Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. It is a scholarly journal dedicated to the creative interchange of ideas between theologians and philosophers on some of the most critical intellectual and ethical issues of our time.  

Check out some featured articles from four of the most recent issues below:

Read now, read anytime! An Open Access Article:  
Michael L. Raposa Plays with Peirce, Love, and Signs: Review Essay on Theosemiotic: Religion, Reading, and the Gift of Meaning” by Brandon Daniel-Hughes (Vol. 43, Iss. 2-3: “Michael Raposa’s Theosemiotic: Religion, Reading, and the Gift of Meaning”) 

This is a permanently open access review essay and a part of a larger special issue on Michael Raposa’s Theosemiotic. Daniel-Hughes sets out to situate Theosemiotic within Raposa’s larger body of work and locate the text’s contribution, which he believes is an extended articulation of musement as a form of experimental inquiry and therapy that is defensible in its own right, not just as a preparatory stage of scientific probation.

Free to access from July 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024:  
Democracy, Spirit, and Revitalization” by Walter B. Gulick (Vol. 44, Iss. 3: “Special Issue on Michael S. Hogue’s American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World”) 

As a part of a special issue focused on Michael S. Hogue’s American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World, Gulick discusses Hogue’s critique of American exceptionalism and discerns what intellectual, emotional, and communal resources might be drawn upon to further develop and effect the needed changes that Hogue points out. Relatedly, Gulick inquires into who the most likely candidates are to devote energy to these changes and how spiritual ideals and communal practices might play in energizing effective democratic action.

Free to access from October 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024:  
The Influence of Personalism on Harkness and King, Their Pacifism, and Their Persistence” by Natalya A. Cherry (Vol. 44, Iss. 2) 

In this article, Cherry identifies Personalist-influenced models of God common to Georgia Harkness, the first woman appointed a theology professor in an American theological school, and Martin Luther King, Jr. that appear to undergird their commitments to nonviolence. Though she is not claiming that Harkness had a direct influence on King, her article considers their influences and their models of God, the confluences of their commitments, and the outlook for nonviolence.

Free to access from January 1, 2025 to March 31, 2025:  
American Gods: Debunking the Symbolic Dimension of Early American Naturalism” by Antonio M. Nunziante (Vol. 44, Iss. 1) 

Here, Nunziante addresses an often-overlooked topic of study: early American naturalism’s relationship with religion. He primarily focuses on two aspects of this topic. The first concerns the intertwining of naturalism and religion, namely the fact that early naturalism defined itself as a “secular religion.” The second concerns the power of the symbolic dimension of naturalist discourses, especially in the 1940s. In analyzing the relationship between naturalism and religion, he finds a sort of discrepancy between the way naturalism talks about and the way it really was.

Free to access from April 1, 2025 to June 30, 2025:  
A Pantheology of Pandemic: Sex, Race, Nature, and the Virus” by Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Vol. 43, Iss. 1) 

Rubenstein decodes some of the recent, theologically retributive appeals to nature within early, informal, literary responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. In the process she unearths some of the mythic norms of race and gender that this concept both entrenches and conceals in the American imagination. Finally, she asks what happens when we start messing with these categories, beginning with the mirroring chasms between humans and nature, and nature and God. How might we start to think pantheologically about this unrelenting pandemic, and why would anybody want to?

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