Calling All Scholars!
Call for Papers!
SHERM Journal is the Premier Free Journal of Religious Articles for Scholars, Academicians, & Academic Authors Who Wish to Publish their Work.
The Editorial Advisory Board is pleased to announce that SHERM is officially accepting manuscript submissions for its 2019 debut.
While any and all submissions are welcome, the Advisory Board has selected a specific thematic topic for the upcoming issue:
The Destabilization of Institutional Christianity
In a recent and groundbreaking article from The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society entitled, “The Religion Singularity: A Demographic Crisis Destabilizing and Transforming Institutional Christianity,” Ken Howard expounds on international demographic datasets that indicate the number of new Christian congregations throughout the world is outpacing the total number of new Christians. The overall implication is that the growth of Christian denominations and individual worship centers is largely due to church fragmentation more than it is to evangelistic practices. Known as a “religion singularity,” the growth of these denominations and worship centers signify that institutional Christianity will no longer be sustainable by the end of the twenty-first century and will eventually perish entirely. In other words, institutional Christianity has become more proficient at internal division than it has at outward multiplication, splitting and fragmenting more than they are converting or reproducing future Christians.
Authors wishing to be published in the upcoming issue of SHERM are encouraged to interact with Howard’s article, which is available for free download here.
Authors can choose any direction or topic they want for their paper so long as it either interacts with, builds upon, or critiques Howard's “Religion Singularity” article.
And be sure to visit the main submissions page for more information on how to submit an article to SHERM for publication review.
Due Date for MSS Submission:
December 1st, 2018
Areas of Research
SHERM accepts manuscript submissions on a wide spectrum of topics in multiple fields of study. Each journal issue is divided into four sections: 1) Social Science Research; 2) Ministerial Research; 3) Invited Position Papers; and 4) Book Reviews.
Social Science Research:
- Religious History
- Historical Theology
- Historical Jesus
- Psychology of Religion
- Sociology of Religion
- Anthropology of Religion
- Philosophy of Religion
- Religious Trends and Demographics
- Issues in Contemporary Theology
- Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Christian Literature
- Patristic, Medieval, and Contemporary Exegesis
- Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Writings
- Ancient Israelite Religion and Second Temple Judaism
- History and Literature of Contemporary Judaism
- Hebrew Bible
- New Testament
- Textual Criticism
- Islamic Studies
- Mormon Studies
- Native American Religion
- Hinduism, Buddhism, and Other World Religions
- Historical and Contemporary Religious Revivals and Sects
- New Religious Movements (Cults)
- General Religious Studies
- Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary Ministry Practices
- Experimental Faith Communities
- Ecclesiastical Trends and Issues
- Economic, Political, Social, and Ecological Issues in Ministry
- Ethical, Racial, Sexual, and Gender Issues in Ministry
Because SHERM specializes in the social-scientific investigation of religious beliefs and the resultant consequences for vocational ministry, SHERM will prioritize articles that employ sociological, psychological, and historiographical methodologies in the formation of theological, philosophical, ecclesial, or missiological analyses.