A Class on Trinitarian Theology

The 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference, “Advancing Trinitarian Theology,” will be on January 16 and 17 at Fuller Theological Seminary. The conference is designed so that it can easily be used as a content delivery system for a class on trinitarian theology.

Registration is already open, and the early-bird rate is in effect until November 30. Combined with the group rate (ten or more registrants), you can bring the registration price down to $70. And there is a student discount code at the bottom of the registration site which gets you an additional $20 off.

We have five trinitarian theologians of known reputation (Ayres, Holmes, Kilby, McCall, Sanders) doing plenary sessions in the big room, and then talking things over at a final panel discussion moderated by Oliver Crisp. And then there are electives: three different parallel sessions during which you can choose to hear 3 of the 9 shorter papers being presented. You can choose among papers of a more doctrinal, philosophical, historical, or aesthetic bent. We’ve got Samuel Powell, Kyle Strobel, Jason Sexton, Brannon Ellis, Kendall Soulen, Awet Andemicael, Robert St. Hilaire, Darren Sumner, and Dale Tuggy. Check out the schedule and the full titles of their papers here.

Adding five plenaries and a panel discussion to three breakouts, you can attend a total of nine presentations (about twelve hours) on the Trinity at this conference. That’s a lot of doctrine! Or, to put it in academic terms, that’s a whole lot of “contact hours” with professors or “seat time” taking in lectures. We’ll have groups of students coming in from local colleges and seminaries to take advantage of this opportunity for instruction in trinitarian theology. If you’re a theology student, consider attending the Los Angeles Theology Conference this January.

If you’re a theology teacher, consider the next step: use this conference as a way of delivering 12 hours of focused instruction on a key doctrine to your students. We’ve set the quality standards very high at LATC on purpose. This conference is a resource that’s worth more than extra credit; it can easily be part of the core academic delivery of a class you’re teaching. With top theologians speaking on a key doctrine in a carefully-sequenced conference, it’s pretty obvious how you can make this worth academic units at your school: Add some preliminary reading and a post-conference discussion, plus a final reflection paper, and you’ve got a well-rounded educational experience on the doctrine of the Trinity.

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