CGAR Conference 2023

God Beyond Ideology

About this event

The Conference will be held on 28–29 September 2023. Conference will be online and on-demand from 28 – 29 September 2023.

The Sydney College of Divinity invites scholars, doctoral candidates, and others working in the theological and wider academic community to propose a paper related to Gospels and Acts research for the 2023 Centre for Gospels & Acts Research Conference by 30 July, 2023. Acceptance of papers will be communicated as they are received. Presentations will be 20 minutes, with an additional 5–10 minutes for questions. The conference will cater for both face-to- face AND online attendance and presentation. Pre-recording of papers will also be possible to allow for asynchronous presentation. One advantage that immediately presents itself is that those who may have been precluded from attending, due to the barriers of distance, may now participate in the proceedings in one form or another.

How can Gospels and Acts Research get beyond simply further propagating or parodying the various ideological positions that so deeply divide our contemporary world? Do these stories centring upon Jesus of Nazareth speak to this world about God? Do they speak with God? Do they speak for God?

How do contemporary readers hear these ancient texts anew? Do these texts from the past bring any message for the present that might shape the future?

If so, how can it be told afresh, and how can it be heard? Can Jesus of Nazareth find a voice and gain a hearing once again through these stories about him?


Call for Papers

Papers addressing any aspect of Gospels and Acts research, but particularly those addressing aspects of the conference theme are now called for. Presentations will be organized into appropriate streams to facilitate good conversation amongst like-minded researchers.

Proposals should be submitted with an abstract of 250 –300 words, clearly articulating the argument and its contribution to research, to:
Prof. Peter Bolt – Director of the Centre for Gospels & Acts Research as soon as possible, certainly by 30 July, 2023, through the following link here:

Further enquiries should be directed to Prof. Peter Bolt: [email protected]

Download the program here.

SCD-CGAR-Conference-Program [Final]



Register early and get a discount on your full conference registration fee!!

    • Full conference registration (face to face or online) – $300

    • Early bird full conference registration (face to face or online) – $275

    • Student full conference registration (face to face or online) – $250

    • One day registration (face to face or online) – $150

Face to face conference fees include morning tea and lunch, tickets to the Conference Dinner can be purchased for $60.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST. The early bird offer ends on 31st May 2023.

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