The primary responsibility of editors and the editorial board of The Theoecologyjournal centers upon the purpose of this journal to narrow the widening gap between science and theology. This purpose, along with the openness in considering papers from all angles that will be peer-reviewed by three reviewers makes this journal unique.
We acknowledge the differences in nomenclature. Governments which manage and regulate the health of natural resources use language such as “restoration” as a legitimate sub-division of ecology. Nevertheless, the biblical implication of “restoration” focuses on eschatology and the divine reordering and repair of the cosmos. Therefore, papers are encouraged to promote mutual respect between managers and theologians and to promote semantic compromises.
In both secular academia (universities) and theological seminaries of different denominations, faculty and graduate students pursuing Ph.D. degrees strive to write a thesis or dissertation to expand our knowledge on subjects that are now in the cutting edge of information leading to new frontiers and progressive research programs. The editors encourage such scholars to submit papers or long essays or even e-books as special numbers of the The Theoecologyjournal.
This journal will always maintain an open-minded willingness and rigorous honesty to accommodate the diverse array of views arising from its writers who span a variety of worldviews ranging from christianity to atheism to agnosticism; theologies will span from liberal to conservative for the purpose of bringing forth an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach which will all emphasize the stewardship of creation.
Authors are encouraged by the editors and editorial board to give priroity to a polite discussion of facts and avoid unproductive debates. Rather, they are to promote forward-looking dialogue between theology and science. Particularly, we encourage papers coauthored by a theologian and a scientist. Scientists need not write as theologians, and theologians need not write as scientists, but each must share their research towards the goal of promoting stewardship and goal-oriented dialogue.
We have been for a century or more behaving as if the different branches of the natural sciences (biology, physics, chemistry, geology, oceanography, etc.) and theology (mission, Old Testament, New Testament, eschatology, christian ethics, etc.) are both mutually exclusive disciplines. Science (i.e., the study of creation) and theology (i.e., the study of the Creator) are intricately related and should interface frequently as they speak to some of the same realities from different angles. This journal will encourage publication of papers from scientists and theologians that bring together big ideas that focus singularly on the glory of the Creator and prudent stewardship of natural resources (as God’s Creation) in a sustainable manner.
Please read carefully the ‘Editorial White Paper’ to better understand the unique areas of focus for this journal. We recommend that your contributions remain within one of the focus areas. Please select the appropriate categories when submitting your contributions on the Article Submission Page. Currently this journal is online only and scheduled for publication biannually on January 15 and August 15 of each year. Deadlines for submitting an article are April 16 and October 16. Review process will occur between April 16 and Sept. 30 for the first number and August 15 to Dec. 15 for the second number of each volume.