I thought I'd make my own additional list here as a supplement to what Ben has started. I won't include anything that has already been mentioned at F&T, and this list will be biased towards my personal interests without attempting to be "the" list that will be helpful for every, or even any, other person. Back when I wrote a critique of R.R. Reno's ranking of theological programs, I commented: "Although I have a lot of complaints about Reno's piece, I think it's a good idea that he bothered to write a column like this. What we need, however, is a dozen such columns from people of widely differing perspectives." The same logic applies here (although Ben, unlike Reno, gets us off to a quite even-keeled start). As I see it, an inquiring student will probably get a more helpful picture of the landscape if she reads the idiosyncratic contributions of a philosophy of religion blog, a classicist blog, a traditionalist Catholic theology blog, and a critical theory blog rather than reading a bunch of "general theology" lists that hover around the same half dozen editorial boards. Ben has set up the general theology list wonderfully. Following is my contribution. I'd also note that I've titled this post "Journals for theological research" rather than "theology journals", as some of these journals do not really publish any theology. In these cases, I don't intend my mention of these journals to signal any sort of endorsement of their superiority in their respective fields... these are simply journals that I've benefited from reading as I do research.
I'll begin with two journals that I've published with and so have a bit of a personal loyalty to... my experience with both was very constructive, and readers of clavi non defixi will know that I tend to make a note every time a new issue of either journal comes out.
- Theological Studies is an American Jesuit journal in theology that is currently edited out of Marquette University by David Schultenover. This publication features a wide range of topics and historical periods, and also includes a regular Notes on Moral Theology section. They have more recently added an RSS feed for the journal, although some more work needs to be done- it seems to be more of a manual update for news, and doesn't feed article abstracts into your Reader directly.
- The Ecclesiastical Law Journal is a British journal published by the Ecclesiastical Law Society. While there are plenty of canon law journals out there, EccLJ is uniquely ecumenical. It's probably the only journal of religious law primarily concerned with Protestant polity, although there is plenty of work on Catholic canon law, and (perhaps more so than anything else), on church-state issues and questions of reilgious pluralism and the legal structures of other religions. EccLJ has recently been picked up by Cambridge UP, so it now offers quality RSS feed and a good website.
- Sacris Erudiri is published by the same people who do Corpus Christianorum, and features important critical studies of historical texts and institutions. Often the works published in this journal are preliminary analyses tied to work that will later be published in the Corpus Christianorum series.
- While I don't know the philosophy literature very well, I've enjoyed reading Inquiry and Journal of Speculative Philosophy. The interdisciplinary nature of these publications will probably make them more attractive to folks in theology, although I'm unsure of their reputation amongst philosophers. My sense is that Inquiry is definitely the more well-regarded of the two, and that seems right to me.
- Two superb religion journals that often feature theological work are The Journal of Religion and the Harvard Theological Review. The Harvard Theological Review will tend to be more historical and less constructive, and both of these will have plenty of articles that are of less interest to the constructive Christian theologian. When they do publish more theologically related work, however, it is always quite good. This, I think, is what distinguishes them from other more broadly religious journals that will be of less use for theological work.
- Traditio is an important resource for anyone doing work in patristics or medieval theology. Unfortunately, the indexing of this journal is a mess. They have some author and subject indexes that haven't been updated for a few years, and no content updates available that I know of, or really any online presence to speak of. Still, the quality of the articles makes wading through the index worth its while.
- Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology is one of the most important places to look for modern doctrinal history. A good deal of the articles are devoted to German theology since Schleiermacher.
- Finally, I'll list off a number of journals that I would suggest although I don't have much to say about them and/or haven't read them enough to know very much about them... History of Political Thought, Modern Intellectual History, History & Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, The Thomist, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses.
This list isn't meant to be comprehensive, although even as I look at it I feel like there's more I'd like to mention. I may follow this up with another post, or with more suggestions in the comment section. For now, though, here you go. Please feel free to suggest further journals, but I'd also encourage other bloggers to write up their own lists... apart from the standard theology venues, where do you go? The more unique your suggestions, the more likely someone will learn something new from them.