Divine Action in the World: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries
August 31, 2013 — 12:08

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Analytic Theology Summer School & Conference in Innsbruck (Austria)
Summer School: July 24 – August 2, 2014
Conference: August 4, 2014 – August 6, 2014
In recent decades, an increasing number of philosophers in the analytic tradition have begun to produce exciting philosophical work on topics relating directly to systematic theology. The Analytic Theology Project is a multinational four-year endeavor that contributes to this development in a creative way. The project funds systematic research promoting a long overdue interdisciplinary cooperation between analytic philosophers and theologians. It thus explores the intersection of both fields and seeks to establish links between the traditions of classical European theology and analytic thinking. Against this background the project is organizing a summer school (with a call for papers) and an international conference on Divine Action in the World. The language of both events is English.
A basic claim of theistic belief systems is that God engages in relationship with his creation. One way to understand this relationship is provided by talk about God’s actions. This includes not only his creating, sustaining, and bringing to perfection of the world, but also his intervention in the course of its history. Talk of God’s action in the world, however, is open to many interpretations, since it raises numerous questions about the causal structure of reality, laws of nature, and human free will. Coming to grips with these and similar questions is crucial for properly engaging with any theistic belief system. In our conference, internationally renowned philosophers and theologians will discuss these questions and give new and innovative answers.

Summer School Instructors:
Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College, USA): Defending Divine Action and the Problem of Evil
Thomas Schärtl (Augsburg University, Germany): Philosophical and Theological Arguments for and against Non-Interventionism
Kevin Timpe (Northwest Nazarene University, USA): Grace and Human Freedom
Conference Speakers:

  • Gregory Boyd (Bethel University, USA)
  • Ingolf Dalferth (University of Zürich, Switzerland, and Claremont Graduate University, USA)
  • Paul Helm (Regent College, Canada)
  • Lydia Jaeger (University of Cambridge, UK, and Nogent Bible Institute, France)
  • Derk Pereboom (Cornell University, USA)
  • Thomas Schärtl (University of Augsburg, Germany)
  • Hans-Christian Schmidbaur (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Christoph Schwöbel (University of Tübingen, Germany)
  • Helen Steward (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Klaus von Stosch (University of Paderborn, Germany)
  • Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College, USA)
  • Kevin Timpe (Northwest Nazarene University, USA)
  • Thomas F. Tracy (Bates College, USA)
  • Josef Quitterer (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Daniel von Wachter (International Academy of Philosophy, Liechtenstein)

For application and funding information for the summer school please visit http://www.uibk.ac.at/analytic-theology/summerschools/summer-school-2014.html.de
Details for registration for the conference and an additional call for papers can be found here: http://www.uibk.ac.at/analytic-theology/conferences/conference-2014.html.de
If you have any questions, please contact us: analytic-theology@uibk.ac.at

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