• 13-14 July, 2018 // sydney


  • sin and grace in christian theology


    On the heels of the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary, papers for our 2018 conference will be invited to explore the relationship of ‘Sin and Grace in Christian Theology.’ Papers are welcome in the fields of systematic theology, historical theology and biblical studies. Papers from graduate students, established teachers and professional scholars are invited.


    We will accept paper proposals until January 31, 2018. That way, those accepted can still be notified before the Early Bird discount option expires. For each paper, we will need:

    • Paper title;
    • Personal name;
    • Institution of representation;
    • Discipline (systematics, biblical, etc.); and
    • A few brief paragraphs outlining the focus of the paper.
    This conference is made possible as Theology Connect received a Kern Arts Now! grant from Kern Community Foundation.

    Download a poster for the call for papers Here:


    Prof. KELLY M. KAPIC

    Professor of Theological Studies

    Covenant College


    Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King’s College London) has held the role of Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College since 2001.


    He has written and edited numerous books and articles, focusing on the areas of systematic, historical, and practical theology. His most recent book is called Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering (IVP Academic, 2017). His Reading Christian Theology in the Protestant Tradition (ed. w. Hans Madueme; Bloomsbury/T & T Clark) is also due out in the beginning of 2018. While Kapic writes and speaks on a broad range of issues, he is interested in topics relating with sanctification, modern theology, and the theology of John Owen.


    Kelly and his wife, Tabitha, live in Lookout Mountain (Georgia) with their two children, Jonathan and Margot.


    Professor and Chair of Systematic Theology

    St. Mary's College

    The School of Divinity

    University of St. Andrews


    Prof. Alan Torrance (Dr. Theol., University of Erlangen-Nurnberg) has been Chair of Systematic Theology at St. Mary's College (St. Andrews) since 1999.


    He has received wide and international acclaim for his contributions to Christian doctrine and theology with particular interest in theological personhood, political reconciliation and philosophical theology. Prof. Torrance has written Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation (T & T Clark) and The Theological Grounds for Advocating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Sociopolitical Realm (Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland). He also received a $2 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to launch a new Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology, which he has set up at the University of St. Andrews. More information on this project is available here. Also, a bibliography of his numerous works are made available here.


    PhD (University of Cambridge, UK)

    Former Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology (Retired)

    Trinity Theological College



    Rev. Dr. Simon Chan (Ph.D., Cambridge) is the former Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College, Singapore, where he is currently still on faculty. Rev. Dr. Chan conducts regular spiritual retreats for laypeople and serves as spiritual director to students and pastors. Among his published works are Spiritual Theology, Liturgical Theology, and Grassroots Asian Theology by IVP. He is also the editor of Asia Journal of Theology. His abiding interest is in the integration of theology, spirituality and worship.


    Lecturer in Christian Doctrine

    Moore Theological College


    Rev. Dr. Andrew Leslie (Ph.D., Edinburgh) lectures in Christian Doctrine at Moore Theological College. He has a special interest in the early development of confessional Reformed thought in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, as well as its retrieval and expression in the contemporary Christian context. He has written a book on John Owen's doctrine of scripture: The Light of Grace: John Owen on the Authority of Scripture and Christian Faith (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015) and is currently involved in editing a new edition of Owen’s works to be published by Crossway. He is also preparing an extended chapter on the theology of sin for the forthcoming volume, Ruined Sinners to Reclaim: Human Corruption in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (eds. David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson; Crossway).

  • Join Us

    for theology connect conference july 2018, in sydney.



    Conference will commence at 1.30pm on Friday 13 July,

    and finish at 5.30pm on Saturday 14 July, 2018.




    St Philip's at Church Hill Anglican

    55 Margaret Street, Sydney


    Scots Church, Sydney

    44 Margaret Street (cnr York & Margaret Streets), Sydney


    Both locations are within a 5 minute walk from Wynyard Station.


    FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018

    1:00 pm



    1:40 pm

    Plenary Session 1

    Rev Dr Andrew Leslie

    "Retrieving the doctrine of original sin:

    a conversation with some recent proposals"


    3:00 pm

    Q&A Session


    3:30 pm

    Breakout Session 1


    4:15 pm

    Afternoon Tea


    4:45 pm

    Breakout Session 2


    5:45 pm

    Plenary Session 2

    Prof Simon Chan

    "'Sin and Grace' or 'Grace and Sin':

    Their Implications for Christian Spirituality"


    6:30 pm

    Q&A Session


    6:45 pm



    8:15 pm


    SATURDAY 9 JULY 2018

    9:30 am



    10:10 am

    Plenary Session 3

    Prof Alan Torrance

    "God's Grace and the Conditions for the Recognition of Sin"


    11:00 am

    Q&A Session


    11:15 am

    Morning Tea


    11:40 am

    Breakout Session 3


    12:20 am

    Breakout Session 4


    1:05 pm



    2:15 pm

    Breakout Session 5


    3:10 pm

    Afternoon Tea


    3:30 pm

    Plenary Session 4

    Prof Kelly Kapic

    "Finitude is Not Sin: Theological and Pastoral Reflections"


    4:30 pm

    Q&A Session


    5:30 pm






    Register by Sunday, 19th November, 2017 and receive 20% off the Standard registration cost.



    Register by Sunday, 18th March, 2018 and receive 10% off the Standard registration cost.



    Standard registration costs are applicable from Monday, 18th March 2018 up until the conference.


    registration cost (standard):

    $325 // Sydney metro

    $275 // NSW regional*/interstate

    $225 // Overseas

    $225 // Student Concession**


    * NSW regional rates will apply to delegates travelling more than 150km to Sydney.

    ** Available to current, full-time students. A valid student ID will be required to be provided onsite, or full rates will apply.


    NB. A credit card processing fee of 2.1% + $0.50 will be automatically added to registration costs, plus a $0.30 booking fee per ticket by our ticketing provider, Trybooking.



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