2019 Student Paper Contest – A Christian Vision of Technology

The Center for Pastor Theologians is pleased to officially announce our second annual Student Paper Contest. As was the case in 2018, our student paper contest corresponds to our conference theme for 2019.

Techne: A Christian Vision of Technology

The modern world presents Christians in general and pastors in particular with many profound and complex questions related to a biblical vision of and for technology. The rate of technological advancement in human culture has accelerated significantly in the last 200 years, and then accelerated again in the past 20. How should Christians think about smartphones? Artificial intelligence? Genetic technologies? Multi-site church? Virtual reality? Contraceptive technology? Social media?

Submissions for the 2019 Student Paper Contest should be related to a biblical and/or theological vision for technology for Christians. Papers submissions should be written as works of biblical studies, systematic/biblical theology, historical theology, practical theology, or a related field. Papers will be judged for overall strength of writing, scholarship, and relevance for life and ministry in the local church.

Prizes

A first, second, and third prize will be awarded. The prizes are as follows:

First Prize -- $1,000 cash award, invitation to sit in as a guest on one of the CPT’s annual Ecclesial Theologian Fellowships (including lodging, and meals, and a travel scholarship for up to $500), print copies of all volumes of the CPT’s Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, a copy of Hiestand and Wilson’s The Pastor Theologian (Zondervan), Becoming a Pastor Theologian (IVP Academic) and Beauty Order and Mystery (IVP Academic), Creation & Doxology (IVP Academic) and free admission to the 2019 CPT Conference.

Second Prize--$750 cash award, a copy of Hiestand and Wilson’s The Pastor Theologian (Zondervan), Becoming a Pastor Theologian (IVP Academic) and Beauty Order and Mystery (IVP Academic), Creation & Doxology (IVP Academic) and free admission to the 2019 CPT Conference.

Third Prize--$500 cash award, a copy of Hiestand and Wilson’s The Pastor Theologian (Zondervan), Becoming a Pastor Theologian (IVP Academic) and Beauty Order and Mystery (IVP Academic), Creation & Doxology (IVP Academic) and free admission to the 2019 CPT Conference.

Contest winners may also be given the option to publish their work in the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology or on other CPT media channels.

Eligibility

  • Open to all students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree program.

  • Contestants are welcome to submit a single paper in each category.

  • Students from any country or institution are eligible for consideration.

  • Both men and women are welcome to submit papers.

Submission Rules and Deadline

  • Paper length: 4,500-5,500 words, including notes

  • Paper submissions must be written in English.

  • Format and submission contact: Papers should follow the standard SBL formatting, and be sent as a pdf doc to Zach Wagner at zwagner@pastortheologians.com.

  • Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Please submit an updated CV with your paper submission. Question related to the CPT Student Paper Contest can be directed to Zach Wagner at zwagner@pastortheologians.com.