Registration now open for Conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne” Sept 25-27, 2014
April 15, 2014 — 20:49

Author: Michael Bergmann  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” a conference to be held at Purdue University, September 25-27, 2014.  Details about registration, lodging, and the schedule of events can be found online at the conference website (www.conf.purdue.edu/swinburne).  We encourage you to register for your hotel room soon to be sure you are able to secure the best rate and location for lodging.  This conference is organized by Michael Bergmann and Jeffrey Brower and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion, and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne” Sept 25-27, 2014
June 3, 2013 — 15:28

Author: Michael Bergmann  Category: News  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 0

We are pleased to provide advance notice of a conference to be held at Purdue University in September 2014 (*not* 2013) in honor of and on themes from the work of Richard Swinburne. The main speakers will be:
• Marilyn McCord Adams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Paul Draper, Purdue University
• Hud Hudson, Western Washington University
• Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University
• Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame and Calvin College
• John Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University
• Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University
• Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame
• Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
• Dean Zimmerman, Rutgers University
Richard Swinburne will also be in attendance.
This conference is organized by Michael Bergmann and Jeffrey Brower and sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. More details will be available over the next year, as the conference date approaches.

Skeptical Theism and Virtue Theory: Bergmann’s Dilemma
December 24, 2010 — 16:49

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Atheism & Agnosticism Existence of God Problem of Evil Religious Belief  Tags: , , , , , ,   Comments: 17

Continuing the recent theme of skeptical theism. It only recently occurred to me to puzzle over the fact that skeptical theism–at least for leading proponent Mike Bergmann–has nothing to do with theism. Of course, there’s the axiom ST —> T, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
What I mean is that skeptical theism’s skeptical thesis are just about the nature of the good. That seems a *bit* odd to me: there’s nothing theological motivating skeptical theism as Bergmann expresses it. It has nothing obvious to do with “God’s ways being greater than ours.” It’s just that we don’t understand goodness well enough.
And here’s another thing I noticed recently that bothered me–then I’ll put the criticism below the fold: It’s almost all deontolgical stuff. But I’m a virtue and value guy. As such, I think I have some insight into the *nature* of the good, which tells me something about *all* goods. This gives one more purchase than may be compatible with Bergmann’s versions of the “S” in “ST.”

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