Race, Gender, Ability, and Class:
Expanding Conversations in Analytic Theology
May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame
Guest Co-Organizer: Michelle Panchuk
Over the past several decades, scholars working in biblical, theological and religious studies have increasingly paid attention to the substantive ways that our experiences and understanding of God and God's relation to the world are structured by our experiences and concepts of race, gender, ability, and class. These personal and social identities and the intersections between them (for better or worse) serve as a hermeneutical lens for our interpretations of God, self, one another and our religious texts and traditions. However, these topics have not received nearly the same level of attention from analytic theologians and philosophers of religion, and so a wide range of important issues remain ripe for analytic treatment. For example, what implications do the social concerns of liberation theology have for the kinds of questions with which analytic theologians and philosophers have more typically been concerned, and vice versa? How might our understanding that suffering and trauma are often inflicted by unjust social structures and religious communities inform our response to the problem of evil? To what extent does the historical use of a particular doctrine as a tool of oppression bear on its truth? How should analytic philosophical explications of doctrinal loci (e.g. creation, incarnation and the imago Dei) shape our understanding and theology of race, ability, gender, and class, and vice-versa? Do these identities circumscribe the kinds of religious experience or religious understanding that one is able or likely to have? The Logos 2018 Workshop will bring together analytic philosophers, scriptural scholars, and theologians/thealogians to discuss these and other aspects of the theological significance of personal and social identities.
Artwork by He Qi
A compelling look at the topic of disability in heaven, featuring Calvin College philosophy professor and Logos 2018 presenter, Kevin Timpe.
Thursday, May 24
10:10am - 11:20am Teri Merrick – Azusa Pacific University
"Non-deference to Religious Authority: Epistemic Arrogance or Justice?"
- Commentator: Thomas D. Senor – University of Arkansas
- Chair: Erin Kidd – St. John's University
11:30am - 12:40pm Dawne Moon & Theresa W. Tobin – Marquette University
“How Racism and Responses to Racism Shape Sacramental Shame for Black LGBTQI and Same-Gender-Loving People”
- Commentator: Robin Dembroff – Yale University
- Chair: Christa McKirland – University of St Andrews
2:40pm - 3:50pm Sameer Yadav – Westmont College
"Toward an Analytic Theology of Liberation"
- Commentator: Jonathan Russell – Chaffey College
- Chair: Koert Verhagen – University of St Andrews
4:00pm - 5:10pm Andrea C. White – Union Theological Seminary
"Analytic Theology in the Hands of Womanist Theology"
- Commentator: Jill Hernandez – The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Chair: Cristian Mihut – Bethel College
Friday, May 25
11:00am - 12:10pm Kevin Timpe – Calvin College
"Defiant Afterlife–Disability and Uniting Ourselves to God"
- Commentator: Hilary Yancey – Baylor University
- Chair: Quitterie Gounot – Cornell University
2:30pm - 3:40pm Katherine Dormandy – University of Innsbruck
"Disagreement from the Religious Margins"
- Commentator: Kelli D. Potter – Utah Valley University
- Chair: Oliver Crisp – Fuller Theological Seminary
3:50pm - 5:00pm Blake Hereth – University of Washington
"Transgender Embodiment and Afterlife Justice"
- Commentator: Craig Bacon – University of South Carolina
- Chair: Amber L. Griffioen – University of Konstanz
7:00pm Amy Peeler – Wheaton College
"Mary as Mediator"
- Chair: Hud Hudson – Western Washington University
Saturday, May 26
10:00am - 11:10am Helen De Cruz – Oxford Brookes University
"Intersectionality in the philosophy of religion: A theoretical analysis and focus group study"
- Commentator: Alicia Finch – Northern Illinois University
- Chair: Rebecca Chan – San José State University
11:20am - 12:30pm Joshua Cockayne – University of St Andrews
& Jack Warman – University of York
David Efird – University of York, Co-Author
"Shattered Faith: The Social Epistemology of Deconversion by Spiritually Violent Religious Trauma"
- Commentator: Jonathan D. Jacobs – Saint Louis University
- Chair: Faith Glavey Pawl – University of St. Thomas