Pacific Systematic Theology Colloquium

Pacific Systematic Theology Colloquium

Friday, February 02, 2024, 5:00 PM - Saturday, February 03, 2024, 5:00 PM

Location: Gateway Seminary, 3210 E. Guasti Rd., Ontario, CA US 91761-8642


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Register for the first Pacific Systematic Theology ColloquiumSystematic theologians agree that the doctrine about Jesus Christ has a unique significance for the entire theological outlook. We characterize Christology's systematic influence with a variety of words and images: it is central or foundational, determinative or pervasive, all encompassing or at least much encompassing. The 2024 Pacific Systematic Theology Colloquium will gather to explore not only Christology itself, but also the ways in which it implicates the treatment of the rest of the theological system.


The first biennial Pacific Systematic Theology Colloquium (PSTC) will be held February 2-3, 2024 at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA. The theme of the gathering is "Christology and Implicated Doctrines." 

The plenary speakers will be Steven Duby of Phoenix Seminary and Daniel Treier of Wheaton College. Beyond the plenaries, academics from a wide variety of institutional, denominational, and confessional perspectives will present parallel papers on the conference theme.

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Presentation Topics

Breakout Session One

Eric Oldenburg (PhD Candidate in Systematic Theology, Melbourne School of Theology): "Jesus’ Will to Die: A Taxonomy of Volition in Schlatter’s Account of Gethsemane and Golgotha in Jesus’ Divinity and the Cross"

David Rathel (Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Gateway Seminary): "Divine Identity and the Theologians: Assessing the Usefulness of Richard Bauckham’s Divine Identity Framework for Modern Dogmatics"

Aaron Pendergrass (Bethel Baptist Church and Gateway Seminary): "Christic Vision and Impeccability: Reconstructing the Beatific Vision in Relation to the Communicatio Gratiarum"

Breakout Session Two

Elaina Mair (PhD Student, University of Aberdeen): "The Christo-Praxis of Frederick Herzog"

Rafael Bello (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the Oklahoma Baptist University): "Christology and Merit in Anselm: A Reassessment"

Joel Putnam (Student, Phoenix Seminary): "John Owen’s Scholastic Spirituality: The Creedal Coherence and Contemporary Significance of Owen’s Chistologia"

Breakout Session Three

Brian Ballard (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University Irvine): "The Incarnation as Source of Value for All Creation"

J. Alex Tabaka (PhD Student at Westminster Theological Seminary): "The Energies of Christ: A post-Chalcedonian exploration with a (perhaps) surprising discovery in Reformed Orthodoxy"

Kyle Strobel (Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University): "Love Made Manifest: Jonathan Edwards’s Spirit-Christology"

Breakout Session Four

Charles Regli (Ph.D. Candidate at Baylor University): "The Extra Extra Extra Calvinisticum: From Christology to American Slavery & Back Again with Stuart Robinson"

Darren Sumner (Affiliate Associate Professor of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary): Exalted Unto Humility: Kenosis and the Status Duplex"

Robb Torseth (Public Services Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Gateway Seminary): "Ontology, Revelation, and Christology: Slipping Christ’s Deity in through the Back Door with Isaak Dorner"


Friday, February 2

  • 5 p.m. - Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 p.m. - Plenary Session One: Steve Duby, “Life-giving Flesh: Deity, Humanity, and the Efficacy of the Atonement.”
  • 7 p.m. - Breakout Session One
  • 8:30 p.m. - Concluding Discussion

Saturday, February 3

  • 9 a.m. - Breakout Session Two
  • 10:30 a.m. - Plenary Session Two: Dan Treier, “Christ and ‘Culture’ Theodramatically Distributed”
  • 12 p.m. - Lunch Break
  • 1 p.m. - Breakout Session Three
  • 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Session Four
  • 4 p.m. - Closing Panel