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The Center for Philosophy of Religion promotes new research in theistic and Christian philosophy and fosters dialogue between philosophy and theology, through residential fellowships, grants, multi-year research initiatives, conferences, workshops, lectures, and public debates.

News and Announcements

"Disability in Heaven" Film Premiere

Announcing the release of our new short film, "Disability in Heaven," produced in collaboration with Kevin Timpe and Glass Darkly Films, Inc.

17th Annual Alvin Plantinga Fellow Lecture:
"Divinity, Humanity, and the Ground of Morality"

Patrick Kain

The 2018-2019 Alvin Plantinga Fellow Lecture is scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2018 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm in 138 DeBartolo Hall. It will be presented by Patrick Kain, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University.

Abstract: Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785) inspires and puzzles many attentive readers. One puzzle is that, in the midst of an analysis of a categorical imperative, Kant repeatedly alludes to the idea of a “divine” or “holy will,” not subject to imperatives. Other puzzles surround Kant's claim that the moral law must have a “ground” and that “humanity" is that ground. In response to some of these puzzles, I will sketch Kant's model of divine rational agency and argue that this model offers important clues about how humanity is supposed to ground the moral law. The upshot is a richer understanding of Kantian moral philosophy, and of how it can be grounded in human dignity and remain open to careful theological reflection.

A reception will follow from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in 117 Malloy Hall.

Welcome 2018-2019 Fellows

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We are pleased to announce the Center's incoming Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Patrick Kain – Alvin Plantinga Fellow
Oliver D. Crisp – Frederick Crosson Fellow (Spring 2019)
Jc Beall – Research Fellow
Dawn Eschenauer Chow – Research Fellow
Meghan Page – Research Fellow
Kimberley Kroll – Visiting Graduate Fellow (Fall 2018)


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In April 2017, Alvin Plantinga received the Templeton Prize. To celebrate Plantinga's most influential ideas and arguments, we produced a series of ten videos that explore his philosophical contributions. 
To view all videos in the series, visit: plantingavideos.com.

Spring 2018 Issue of λogoi

Friday Morning
Discussion Group Meetings

Our newest publication features articles by
Jc Beall, Jeffrey E. Brower, Annette Bryson, Kristopher McDaniel, and Joshua Seachris.

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We discuss the work-in-progress of the Center's Fellows, local faculty, and occasional outside visitors. Papers are not presented during the discussion group meeting; rather, we read the papers in advance and the meetings are devoted entirely to Q&A. 

The next meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2018. The group will discuss "Why Tolerate Religion? A (Surprising) Nietzschean Answer" by David Dudrick, George Carlton Jr. Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.

See our calendar for the full schedule.




Global Philosophy of Religion Calendar

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Our website is equipped with a calendar featuring conferences, workshops, calls for papers, and other events in philosophy of religion outside of the Center. 

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Researchers from our Hope & Optimism research initiative discuss the interesting and complex relationship between faith and hope. For more videos in this series, visit: http://hopeoptimism.com/pages/videos

The Journal of Analytic Theology


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We are excited to announce the sixth volume of the Journal of Analytic Theology, a new, open access, international joint publication of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and Baylor University. It explores theological and meta-theological topics in a manner that prizes terminological clarity and argumentative rigor, including historical studies that seek to elucidate conceptual challenges or explore strategies for addressing them.



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Discussion Group

Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am

The group will discuss "Why Tolerate Religion? A (Surprising) Nietzschean Answer" by David Dudrick, George Carleton Jr. Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University.