News and Announcements
Follow the links on this page for more information about the Center’s current research projects and Center-related news, as well as videos of past lectures and events about the Center.
The Journal of Analytic Theology
We are excited to announce the inaugural issue of the Journal of Analytic Theology.
JAT is an open access, international journal that twice anually publishes articles, book reviews, and book symposia that explore theological and meta-theological topics in a manner that prizes terminological clarity and argumentative rigor. This includes historical studies that seek to elucidate conceptual challenges or explore strategies for addressing them.
The Journal of Analytic Theology is a joint publication of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and Baylor University.
Third Annual Analytic Theology Lecture
What's Wrong with the Ontotheological Fallacy?
November 24 in Baltimore, Maryland
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Marilyn McCord Adams, formerly Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford and Honorary Professor at the Australian Catholic University, will deliver the lecture in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature 2013 Annual Meetings. A reception will follow from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Locations TBA.
Abstract: Many theologians denounce Christian philosophy and analytic theology for committing the ontotheological fallacy. In their mouths, 'ontotheology' is not only descriptive but pejorative. To count God as a being, even a perfect being, is allegedly to put God on an ontological par with created beings and so to make God too small. True, analytic philosophers and theologians usually do apply the term 'being' to God. In this they can point to Augustine and Anselm, as well as Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham for precedents. Dr. Adams will argue that to say that this amounts to a fallacy overlooks the need to do comparative anatomy on philosophical systems. All agree that the ultimate explainer of the being and well-being of all else must be metaphysically distinctive. But different philosophical systems (Plotinian vs. Augustinian Platonism) characterize that distinctiveness in different ways. To discredit so-called ontotheologies, it is not enough to call names. One must give good reasons to prefer the one philosophical system to the other. This paper will be an appeal to get on with the real philosophical work.
Now Available: Spring 2013 Newsletter
Click here to read what the Center has been up to this past year.
Logos 2013 Workshop
Theorizing about God - Realism in Theology
May 9-11 at the University of Notre Dame
Theological realism is a hot topic nowadays, and is interestingly related to issues about religious pluralism. These debates bear obvious connections to debates about realism and anti-realism in science, as well as to issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of language about ontological commitment and related topics, and with the theological literature on the nature of doctrine. These are the sorts of issues that will be in focus at this workshop.
The aim of the annual Logos Workshop is to foster interaction between analytic philosophers and theologians on topics of common interest. Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend. For information on registration, click here.
2012 Leibniz Conference Videos
A presentation by Hud Hudson (Western Washington University) from the "Leibniz's Theodicy: Reception and Relevance" Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal -- 25-27 October 2012. More conference videos coming soon!
Does God know the future?
This interview with Michael Rea was shot during the "Minds: Human and Divine" conference in Munich, 2012. All of the videos in this series can be viewed at the YouTube playlist page.
A roundtable discussion with Trent Dougherty, Oliver Crisp, and Michael Rea on analytic theology.
Problem of Evil
A roundtable dicussion with Trent Dougherty, Meghan Sullivan, and Samuel Newlands on the problem of evil.
Introducing the Global Philosophy of Religion Calendar
Our website is now equipped with a calendar featuring conferences, workshops, calls for papers, and other events in philosophy of religion outside of the Center for Philosophy of Religion. Our hope with this calendar is to provide a valuable resource for scholars interested in opportunities within philosophy of religion worldwide. Please send relevant announcements for the calendar to email@example.com.
Friday Morning Discussion Group
The next meeting is scheduled for August 30 from 10:00am - 11:30am in 320 Malloy Hall.
See our calendar for the full schedule.
The Eleventh Annual Plantinga Fellow Lecture was held on November 30, 2012. Kathrin Koslicki, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, delivered a lecture entitled "The Death of Socrates".
View the PowerPoint presentation: 2012-2013 Plantinga Lecture PowerPoint Presentation