Want to write for The Table?

We’re looking for thoughtful writers interested in diverse expressions of Christian wisdom to contribute our work.

We’re looking for authors that represent diverse Christian perspectives on Love, Humility, and Suffering. Fill out our online article pitch form here.  It’s a simple and secure online form with just 6 steps to complete it. You’ll also find some helpful information about the kinds of articles we’re looking for in the form description.

What to prepare:

  1. Pitch title (5-10 words)
  2. Pitch body (50-200 words)
  3. Suggested deadline (standard is 3-6 weeks, but we’re always flexible; good writing takes time!)
  4. Your author bio (30-60 words)
  5. Personal website or social media link
  6. 2 writing samples (either via URL or uploaded file)

Click here to submit your pitch!

Possible topics to write on:

We produce work on specific research themes and focal questions. The below questions can help guide the content and direction of your pitch—if you would like to write on something else, that’s fine too, so long as the connection to Love, Humility, or Suffering is strong and clear.

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The Meaning of Love Focal Questions

  • What is love?
  • How should love be defined? Is there a distinctly Christian conception of love (for example, an agapic account of love)?
  • What are the ethical implications of Jesus’s love commands?
  • And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
  • What should be made of the Christian notion of enemy love?
  • “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”
  • What can be learned from recent scientific work on love about intentional practices likely to conduce to a loving character?
  • Researchers in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and other sciences have recently focused on love as a subject of empirical inquiry. What does this imply about the effectiveness of certain practices or attitudes for the formation of loving character?
  • What light do ethical theories shed on the moral dimensions of love?
  • What can we learn about love through the lens of moral philosophy? How might normative ethical theories inform our perspective on the nature, practices, and implications of love?
  • What is the relationship between love and justice?
  • How might a love-centered ethic shed light on the concepts of benevolence, obligation, rights, virtues, and justice? What is the relationship between love and care?

Click here to submit something on love.

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Humility: Moral, Religious, Intellectual Focal Questions

  • What is humility?
  • What is the virtue of humility? How does it take shape in a virtuous life, and what are its key features?
  • What is intellectual humility?
  • How can the specific virtue of being humble about our beliefs and cognitive skill change our religious, political, and moral discourse, especially when there is disagreement and embattled speech?
  • What is the role of humility in politics and leadership?
  • Is “humble politician” or “humble leader” an oxymoron? What are the marks of humble service in great leaders? What ought the vision of humble politics be in contemporary society?
  • How can we become humble?
  • How do we learn and teach humility in its intellectual, moral, and spiritual varieties? What does this mean for the challenges of parenting, primary and secondary education, and local community life?

Click here to submit something on humility.

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Suffering & the Good Life Focal Questions

  • How can we flourish in the midst of suffering?
  • Suffering seems to be an inextricable part of human life. Can we seek and find the good life even in the midst of grave circumstances of suffering and pain?
  • Can psychology help us understand the nature and healing of suffering?
  • What psychological models and perspectives can shed light on the human condition and the suffering we endure? How can therapeutic approaches and clinical psychology integrate with spiritual theology to deliver healing and growth from trauma, pain, and suffering?
  • What is the role of grief, mourning, and lament in human flourishing?
  • What role do the psychological and spiritual dispositions of grief, mourning, lament, sadness, depression, and dark nights of the soul play in the search for meaning and purpose in human life?
  • What spiritual practices and psychological interventions for healing are available to those that suffer?
  • What practical interventions and therapies from the Christian spiritual tradition and contemporary psychology are effective in helping to heal from and grow through suffering?
  • Is there a distinctly Christian approach to the experience of suffering and its connection to happiness?
  • The Christian scriptures and tradition are rich in their exploration of the meaning, experience, and healing of suffering. Are these perspectives unique? And if so, how might they contribute to our understanding of evil, pain, and human suffering? Further, how might churches and other voluntary associations help their members harness suffering for good in their lives?
  • How can literature, poetry, and the arts give us perspective on suffering?
  • Where rational and intellectual treatments of suffering find their limits, the world of art, literature, and poetry often provide profound perspectives and healing expressions of suffering. How might a deeper exploration of suffering in artistic and aesthetic contexts shed light on the human experience of suffering, pain, loss, and negative life experiences?

Click here to submit something on suffering.