"My Ways are Not Your Ways": The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible

My Ways Are Not Your Ways Program Cover

September 10-12, 2009 at the University of Notre Dame

Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham (Oxford University Press) contains the papers presented at the conference, and is available here.

Watch conference presentations:

Thursday, September 10

I.    Philosophical Perspectives

A.    Problems Presented

7:30pm - 9:00pm   Louise Antony – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Does God Love Us?"

  • Comments: Eleonore Stump – Saint Louis University
  • Chair: Stephen Wykstra – Calvin College

Friday, September 11

9:00am - 10:30am   Edwin Curley – University of Michigan
"The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob"

  • Comments: Peter van Inwagen – University of Notre Dame
  • Chair: David Dudrick – Colgate University

10:45am - 12:15pm   Evan Fales – University of Iowa
"Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ"

  • Comments: Alvin Plantinga – University of Notre Dame
  • Chair: Thomas Crisp – Biola University

B.    Solutions Proposed

1:45pm - 3:15pm   John Hare – Yale University
"Animal Sacrifices"

  • Comments: James L. Crenshaw – Duke Divinity School
  • Chair: James Vanderkam – University of Notre Dame

3:50pm - 5:00pm   Mark C. Murphy – Georgetown University
"God Beyond Justice"

  • Comments: Wes Morriston – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Chair: Patrick Kain – Purdue University

7:30pm - 9:00pm   Elenore Stump – Saint Louis University
"The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek"

  • Comments: Paul Draper – Purdue University
  • Chair: Joseph Levine – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Saturday, September 12

9:00am - 10:30am   Richard Swinburne – Oxford University
"What Does the Old Testament Mean?"

  • Comments: Wes Morriston – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Chair: Susan Brower-Toland – Saint Louis University

10:45am - 12:15pm   Nicholas Wolterstorff – Yale University
"Reading Joshua"

  • Comments: Louis Antony –  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Chair: Stephanie R. Lewis

II.    Theological Perspectives

1:30pm - 3:00pm   Gary Anderson – University of Notre Dame
"What about the Canaanites?"

  • Comments: Nicholas Wolterstorff – Yale University
  • Chair: R. Andrew Compton – University of California, Los Angeles

3:15pm - 4:45pm   Christopher Seitz – Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
“Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible”

  • Comments: Evan Fales – University of Iowa
  • Chair: Robert Garcia – Texas A&M University

5:00pm - 5:30pm   Howard Wettstein – University of California, Riverside
Concluding Remarks

  • Chair: Stephen Davis, Claremont McKenna College

5:30pm - 6:15pm   Panel Discussion

  • Gary Anderson – University of Notre Dame
    Paul Draper – Purdue University
    Daniel Howard-Snyder – Western Washington University
  • Chair: Stephen T. Davis – Claremont McKenna College