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CFP 2021 Mountain-Pacific Virtual Conference

Justin McBrayer | Published on 1/6/2021

Society of Christian Philosophers: 2021 Mountain-Pacific Meeting

“Science, Trust, and Justice in the Midst of a Pandemic” 


May 20–22, 2021 

Hosted (virtually) by Azusa Pacific University

Keynote Speaker: Helen De Cruz, Saint Louis University


Call for papers
You are invited to submit a paper for consideration for the 2021 Mountain-Pacific Meeting of the SCP. Submissions on any topic in philosophy are welcome, but priority will be given to submissions that address the conference theme or engage with Christian philosophy, broadly construed. (Note: The conference program will be structured to encourage dialogue and conversation, with a larger than usual role given to commentators. Thus, you are also welcome to nominate yourself or others as a potential commentator.) Submissions are requested from Christians and non-Christians alike.

Submissions are particularly encouraged from junior scholars and graduate students. (There is a $500 prize for the best student paper. If you are a student and would like to have your submission considered for this prize, please indicate that in your submission email, and please also list your institution and degree program.) All paper submissions should be prepared for blind review and saved in either Word or PDF format. In your submission email, please include “SCP submission” in the subject line. Please also indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a commentator or session chair.

Submissions are due by March 1st, 2021.

Addressing the conference theme could include addressing one or more of these questions:

  • In what ways has the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted issues involving the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge?
  • What lessons has the pandemic taught us about testimony and trust (of experts, public officials, and others)?
  • How has the pandemic highlighted, exacerbated, or created inequalities and other forms of social or epistemic injustice?
  • What are the appropriate Christian responses to a pandemic? In what ways have individuals or churches (in the U.S. or elsewhere) exemplified or failed to exemplify appropriate Christian responses?

Call for panel participation
We also invite abstract submission and/or suggestions for plenary panel sessions. Potential topics include:

  • Faith and Philosophy
  • Teaching and Philosophy
  • Beyond Fake News

Please send submissions, suggestions, & questions to Dr. Teri Merrick (