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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.

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Sixth Annual Analytic Theology Lecture
"Sin and Desire in Analytic Theology: A Return to Genesis 3"

Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, presented the lecture on November 20, 2016 in conjunction with the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings in San Antonio, Texas.

Abstract: The ‘problem of evil’ has dominated modern analytic philosophy of religion, with ‘original sin’ merely seen as a further complication for the ‘free will defense’. This lecture starts from a different direction: a close exegesis of the Genesis Fall narrative itself, with a focus on ‘sin’ as misdirected desire. Drawing on a rich set of alternative renditions (from rabbinical, Greek, Syriac and Latin sources), a typology of contrasting classic accounts of sin is essayed. While each generates a theodicy problem of its own, a favoured philosophical solution emerges, intensifying rather than dissolving the classic felix culpa paradox, but freshly illuminating the relation between desire and freedom.

"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. Stay tuned for more information.

Center Director, Michael Rea, to Deliver the 2017 Gifford Lectures

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

University of St Andrews
March 27 - April 7, 2017: MWF each week

Professor Rea plans to take 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.

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 December 9, 2016. The group will discuss "Distorting Concepts, Obscured Experiences: On the Role of Epistemic Injustice in Religious Trauma" by Michelle Panchuk.

See our calendar for the full schedule.

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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.

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 Will we have bodies in the afterlife? What will their purpose be? Christian Van Dyke, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, sheds light on these questions using the work of Thomas Aquinas. More videos are available on our Videos page.

The Journal of Analytic Theology

 

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We are excited to announce the third 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 Dec 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am

The group will discuss “Distorting Concepts, Obscured Experiences: On the Role of Epistemic Injustice in Religious Trauma” by Michelle Panchuk. This is the final Discusson Group meeting of the fall semester.