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Journal subject areas

The journal subject areas are defined by the following index terms below. These terms represent the keywords to be chosen for assignment of submitted manuscripts to individual editors.



Apologetics – studying Christian theology as it compares to non-Christian worldviews in order to defend the faith and challenge beliefs that lie in contrast with Christianity.

Biblical hermeneutics – interpretation of the Bible, often with particular emphasis on the nature and constraints of contemporary interpretation.

Biblical studies – interpretation of the Bible, often with particular emphasis on historical-critical investigation.

Biblical theology – interpretation of the Bible, often with particular emphasis on links between biblical texts and the topics of systematic or dogmatic theology.

Comparative theology – comparing the doctrines of the diverse churches (e.g., Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, the various Protestant denominations).

Constructive theology – generally another name for systematic theology; also specifically a postmodernist approach to systematic theology, applying (among other things) feminist theory, queer theory, deconstructionism, and hermeneutics to theological topics.

Dogmatic theology – studying theology (or dogma) as it developed in different church denominations.

Historical theology – studying Christian theology via the thoughts of other Christians throughout the centuries.

Homiletics – in theology the application of general principles of rhetoric to public preaching.

Moral theology / Christian ethics – explores the moral and ethical dimensions of the religious life

Natural theology – the discussion of those aspects of theology that can be investigated without the help of revelation scriptures or tradition (sometimes contrasted with "positive theology").

Patristics / Patrology — studies the teaching of Church Fathers, or the development of Christian ideas and practice in the period of the Church Fathers.

Philosophical theology – the use of philosophical methods in developing or analyzing theological concepts.

Pragmatic or practical theology – studying theology as it relates to everyday living and service to God, including serving as a religious minister.

Spiritual theology — studying theology as a means to orthopraxy; scripture and tradition are both used as guides for spiritual growth and discipline.

Systematic theology (doctrinal theology, dogmatic theology or philosophical theology)—focused on the attempt to arrange and interpret the ideas current in the religion. This is also associated with constructive theology.

Theological aesthetics – interdisciplinary study of theology and aesthetics/the arts.

Theological hermeneutics – the study of the manner of construction of theological formulations.



Aesthetics – study of the nature of beauty, art, and taste, and the creation of personal kinds of truth. Applied aesthetics – application of the philosophy of aesthetics to art and culture

Christian culture studies – studies of the cultural practices common to Christianity.

Christian philosophy – study of developments in philosophy that are characterized by coming from a Christian tradition.

Descriptive ethics – study of people's beliefs about morality

Epistemology – study of knowledge.

Ethics – study of the right, the good, and the valuable. Applied ethics – philosophical examination, from a moral standpoint, of particular issues in private and public life that are matters of moral judgment. It is thus the attempts to use philosophical methods to identify the morally correct course of action in various fields of human life.

History of philosophy – study of philosophical ideas and concepts through time.

Logic – study of good reasoning, by examining the validity of arguments and documenting their fallacies.

Metaethics – branch of ethics that seeks to understand the nature of ethical properties, statements, attitudes, and judgments

Metaphysics – study of the state of being and the nature of reality.

Normative ethics – study of ethical theories that prescribe how people ought to act

Ontology – philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.

Philosophy of mind – studies the nature of the mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties, consciousness, and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain.

Philosophy of religion – philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions.

Philosophy of space and time – branch of philosophy concerned with the issues surrounding the ontology, epistemology, and character of space and time.



Archaeology – study of past human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data

Archontology – study of historical offices and important positions in state, international, political, religious and other organizations and societies

Art history – study of changes in and social context of art.

Chronology – study of the sequence of past events

Cultural history – study of culture in the past.

Epigraphy – study of ancient inscriptions.

Historiography – both the study of the methodology of historians and development of history as a discipline, and also to a body of historical work on a particular subject.

History of Christianity – study of historical development of Christian religion, Christendom, and the Church with its various denominations, from the 1st century to the present.

History of science – study of the emergence and development of scientific inquiry

Military history – study of warfare and wars in history.

Paleography – study of ancient texts.

Political history – study of past political events, ideas, movements, and leaders.

Prosopography – investigation of a historical group of individuals through a collective study of their lives.

Social history – study of societies and social trends in the past.

Urban history – historical nature of cities and towns, and the process of urbanization.

World history – study of global or transnational historical patterns.