Scottish Dogmatics Conference 2024

May 29–31, 2024, King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Conference theme: The God Who Is for Us

For Christianity, God is not merely the transcendent source and creator of the world; God is also immanently involved in creation, sustaining, upholding, and intervening in the cosmos in order to save and redeem beloved creatures. God is for us. The inaugural Scottish Dogmatics Conference explores this dimension of the character and nature of the Deity, in dialogue with Scripture and the Christian tradition and in pursuit of constructive theology for today.

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Plenary Speakers

John Behr

University of Aberdeen

“Speaking of Incarnation: Ancient Paradigms and Modern Predicaments”

Bruce McCormack

Princeton Theological Seminary

“The God for us is, as such, the God for himself

Amy Peeler

Wheaton College and Graduate School

“The Laboured God: Freedom, Incarnation, and Discipleship”

Fred Sanders

Biola University

“God is God for God: Aseity, Inseity, and Proseity in Evangelical Perspective”

Judith Wolfe

University of St. Andrews

“Thou Hast Made Us for Thyself”


There are a variety of accommodation possibilities for conference attendees. It should be noted that the conference will take place in King’s College Conference Centre, at the heart of the campus of the University of Aberdeen. This is around a 25-minute walk north of the City Centre, although there are regular buses covering the route between them. The postcode is AB24 3UB.

The most basic accommodation option is in one of the University halls, Hector Boece Court, within the Hillhead Student Village. This is a 20-minute walk from the campus and there are direct buses. Summer accommodation is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please email to book student accommodation at the University of Aberdeen, quoting the code “SDC” in correspondence. The rate would be £25.00 per night (for room only, as part of a five-bedroom flat with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities). This price will be confirmed when booking forms are submitted. Bedding and a towel are provided, along with basic kitchen utensils and crockery. For more information about the building, click here. Please direct all questions about student accommodation directly to / 01224 273502.

There a number of B&B options throughout the city, and particularly on King Street, close to the University campus. There are also Airbnb options in Aberdeen, and one or two more modestly priced hotel chains such as Travelodge, Premier Inn, and Brittania, though the distance to campus varies. In the centre of Aberdeen are a number of standard hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Radisson, and a variety of independent hotels. The Sandman Signature Hotel is offering conference attendees a discounted flat rate of £95 for their standard rooms with the online Promo Code UNIAB.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday 29th May

17.30 – 19.00 Registration

19.00 – 19.15 Intro

19.15 – 20.45 Plenary 1 - John Behr

20.45 – 22.00 Reception

Thursday 30th May

08.30 – 09.00 Chapel (optional)

09.15 – 10.45 Plenary 2 - Amy Peeler

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Short Papers 1

12.05 – 12.50 Short Papers 2

12.50 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.45 Plenary 3 - Fred Sanders

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee

16.15 – 17.00 Short Papers 3

Friday 31st May

08.30 – 09.00 Chapel (optional)

09.15 – 10.45 Plenary 4 - Judith Wolfe

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.00 Short Papers 4

12.05 – 12.50 Short Papers 5

12.50 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.45 Plenary 5 - Bruce McCormack

15.45 – 16.00 Outro

Short Paper Schedule

Thursday 30th May, 11.15 – 12.00

  • Danielle W. Jansen – “The Personal God”
  • Sarah Shin – “Aulén’s Accomplished and Ongoing Atonement as a Resource for Constructive Theology”
  • Phillip A. Hussey – “That They May Have (Triune) Life: The Gift of Christ Among Us”
  • Sean McGever – “God’s Intervention for Beloved Creatures: Regeneration as Re-Formation, not Re-creation”

Thursday 30th May, 12.05 – 12.50

  • Daniel Rempel – “Wounded for Us: Disability Theology’s Contribution to Christology”
  • Lucy Peppiatt – “The God Who Is for Us as God with Us”
  • John A. Vissers – “The Threefold Love of God: The Munus Triplex in Recent Reformed Dogmatics”

Thursday 30th May, 16.15 – 17.00

  • Christina Larsen – “The God Who Is for Us: The Father Who Is for the Son”
  • Archie J. Spencer – “God as Life in a God-for-getting Age: A Biblical/Dogmatic account of Divine Immanence as Enfolded in Divine Transcendence”
  • Preston McDaniel Hill – “For Us and Our Traumatization: Towards a Modern Promeitic Christology”

Friday 31st May, 11.15 – 12.00

  • Corey Tuttle – “Promeity in Christ Existing as Community: Toward a Bonhoefferian Doctrine of Election”
  • Dolores Morris – “The God Who Is for Us Also Hides from Us”
  • Natalia Marandiuc – “God’s Love Story: Incarnation, Human Thriving, and the Possibility of Justice”

Friday 31st May, 12.05 – 12.50

  • Sara Mannen – “Rethinking Omniscience in an Age of Surveillance: God’s Knowledge for Us”
  • C.M. Howell – “Indicative of Love—Aesthetics of Freedom: Worship as Festival from Schleiermacher to Jüngel”
  • Mark R. Lindsay – “The God Who Is for Us Is Also for Them”

Conference Organizers

Oliver D. Crisp (PhD, University of London; DLitt University of Aberdeen) is Principal of St. Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is also Professor of Analytic Theology. He is the author of numerous books in analytic and systematic theology, including Participation and Atonement, Approaching the Atonement, Analyzing Doctrine, Deviant Calvinism, Divinity and Humanity, God Incarnate, Retrieving Doctrine, and Revisioning Christology. He also co-founded the Los Angeles Theology Conference.

Paul T. Nimmo (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Professor and King’s Chair of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the co-director of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology. He is the author of Being in Action: The Theological Shape of Barth’s Ethical Vision and Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed as well as the co-editor of Kenosis: The Self-Emptying of Christ in Scripture and Theology, The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth, and The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology. He is also the senior editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology.