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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

Los Angeles Hope Festival

La Hope Festival

On May 19-21, 2017 we will hold our three-day Hope Festival at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to engaging talks and panel discussions, the festival will feature the west coast premiere of our Hope on Stage winning play "I Carry Your Heart" by Georgette Kelly. For more information, please visit our Hope & Optimism website.

2017 Templeton Prize Laureate


Congratulations to Alvin Plantinga, former director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion, on receiving the Templeton Prize for progress in religion.

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Michael Rea's 2017 Gifford Lectures Now Available

Michael Rea

"Though the Darkness Hide Thee: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God"

Professor Rea takes a theologically informed approach to the topic of “divine hiddenness,” the idea that God’s existence is far less evident—and vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent—than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity. Read more

"Women and the Church: An Inter-Tradition Dialogue"

Is Christianity bad for women? Christianity teaches that men and women equally bear the image of God. In many quarters of Christendom, however, the roles assigned to men and women fall far short of equality. In contemporary American society, women have enjoyed increasingly greater opportunities for leadership, and greater protections under the law from gender-based harassment and violence. But Christianity has often been seen as an obstacle to such progress. What do the diverse traditions within Christendom really teach about the place and treatment of women in the church, family, and society? Do the church's actual practices match that teaching?

A panel featuring Sister Simone CampbellRachel Held Evans, and Mary Rice Hasson, moderated by Rev. Amy Peeler, discussed these and other questions at the University of Notre Dame on September 22, 2016.

Commentary over at Contending Modernities.

Coverage from the National Catholic Reporter

2017 Logos Workshop at St. Andrews in Scotland

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The 2017 Logos Workshop in Philosophical Theology ("God, History and the Incarnation") will be held June 1-3 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland

Workshop information and registration.

Spring 2016 Issue of λogoi

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Our newest publication features articles by Paul Blaschko, Oliver Crisp, Anne Jeffrey, Jeffrey McDonough, and Brandon Warmke, as well as interviews with Michael Bergmann and Lisa Bortolotti.

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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 1, 2017.

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, call for papers, and other events in philosophy of religion outside of the Center for Philosophy of Religion.

Please send relevant announcements for the calendar to philreligion@nd.edu

May 2017


Oxford philosopher Brian Leftow discusses a new argument for a controversial premise in the ontological argument.More videos are available on our Videos page.

The Journal of Analytic Theology


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We are excited to announce the fourth 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 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am


Pub Night

Thu Sep 7, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Hang out with philosophers. There will be opportunity to purchase food and drink.