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.

Houston Baptist establishes MA Program
March 18, 2012 — 12:38

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: News  Tags: , ,   Comments: Off

I have some good friends down there, and I think the are doing some valuable work.
The Houston Baptist University philosophy department is pleased to announce a new Master of Arts in Philosophy degree, requiring 30 hours, and beginning fall semester 2012. The MAPhil degree is intended to offer students training in the critical and philosophical skills that are useful for their further academic study and also for their growth as followers of God. MAPhil graduates may continue their education at the doctoral level. Both alumni scholarships and merit-based GRE scholarships are available.
Students in the MAPhil program can earn a Certificate of Apologetics at the same time as they are earning the MAPhil degree, or they can choose only to work toward completion of the Certificate. The coursework for the certificate is 18 hours and overlaps with the MAPhil curriculum while also containing electives for those wishing to focus on apologetics.
Faculty in the Houston Baptist Philosophy Department are excellent teachers and nationally-known scholars. They have received degrees from programs at Notre Dame, California-Riverside, Northwestern, Baylor, and St. Louis. Particular strengths of the program are in apologetics, intelligent design, and philosophy of religion. In the MAPhil program you will be in small classes with some of the leading public intellectuals in Christian philosophy and apologetics. The MAPhil can provide the framework needed for parachurch ministry, teaching opportunities, or further graduate education.
More information is available about this exciting opportunity at Applications are available at You can email the graduate school directly with questions about the program at

Philosophy of Judaism Online Symposum
November 21, 2011 — 15:30

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: Off

This just in from Dan Rabinowitz…
The Association for the Philosophy of Judaism invites all those interested to join in the following online symposium:
Date: 01-08 December
Paper: “The Realm of the Sacred, wherein We may not Draw an Inference from Something which Itself has been Inferred: a reading of Talmud Bavli Zevachim folio 50” by Curtis Franks (Notre Dame).
Professors Curtis Franks (University of Notre Dame) and Andrew Schumann have kindly agreed to participate in the symposium.
A copy of the paper is available on the website. Please contact us if you have any queries

New Book Series: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
August 12, 2011 — 15:28

Author: Yujin Nagasawa  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: Off

New Book Series: Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Series Editors:
Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham, UK)
Erik Wielenberg (DePauw University, USA)
Editorial Board Members:
Michael Almeida (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)
Lynne Rudder Baker (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Jonathan Kvanvig (Baylor University, USA)
Robin Le Poidevin (University of Leeds, UK)
Brian Leftow (University of Oxford, UK)
Graham Oppy (Monash University, Australia)
Michael C. Rea (University of Notre Dame, USA)
Edward Wierenga (University of Rochester, USA)
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion is a long overdue series which will provide a unique platform for the advancement of research in this area. Each book in the series aims to progress a debate in the philosophy of religion by (i) offering a novel argument to establish a strikingly original thesis, or (ii) approaching an ongoing dispute from a radically new point of view. Each title in the series contributes to this aim by utilising recent developments in empirical sciences or cutting-edge research in foundational areas of philosophy (such as metaphysics, epistemology and ethics). The series does not publish books offering merely extensions of or subtle improvements on existing arguments. Please contact Series Editors ( / to discuss possible book projects for the series.
Forthcoming Titles:
Trent Dougherty, The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small
Yujin Nagasawa (ed.), Scientific Approaches to Philosophy of Religion
…and many more

Advice to Analytic Theologians
June 6, 2011 — 8:04

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Christian Theology  Tags: , ,   Comments: 28

I got back last night from the third LOGOS conference (and there’s more to come), which was hosted this year by Notre Dame and organized by Mike Rea and his team as part of the Analytic Theology Project. The general theme was Scripture, Revelation, and Canon, and more specifically, the question was posed whether (very roughly, cut me some slack here) the methods analytic philosophers apply when doing, for relevant example, philosophical theology, can be fruitfully applied in broader horizons within theology, especially to the more specific topics of the conference.
An example of this kind of research project can be found in Crisp and Rea’s _Analytic Theology: New Essays in Philosophical Theology. (As far as I know, Mike Rea coined the term.) In his key note speech William J. “Billy” Abraham issued a grave but friendly challenge to the project of analytic theology. It included a raft of challenges facing analytic theologians (I’ll see if I can’t get Billy to put up a draft). He was explicit that he was not at all suggesting that these challenges couldn’t be met–in fact he seemed to be optimistic about it–but they are still bridges that must be crossed on the way to building a viable analytic theology. I think many of them have in fact already been met in the process of developing the philosophical theology of the last few decades. I’ll wait to comment more on that until I can see if I can get a draft of Billy’s paper. But I think the main challenge is this–and this may overlap considerably with Billy’s concerns.
Analytic philosophers have made great strides in their treatment of core theological issues such as the trinity and incarnation. But it is time to branch out to concerns which might be even more complex in a way: revelation, inspiration, the normativity of tradition, and the individuation of ecclesial bodies. Swinburne is the only analytic philosopher/theologian who has treated any of these issues in much detail that I can think of (please post other instances you are aware of). Most analytic philosophers reject flat-footed verbal plenary inspiration, but what do they put in its place? These are the sorts of questions which were treated at LOGOS and which need to be treated in the next several decades of analytic theology.
[MM: See William Abraham’s Turning Philosophical Water into Theological Wine]

BGND Conference October 6-8, Georgetown Campus
April 21, 2011 — 7:28

Author: Jon Kvanvig  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 3

Baylor, Georgetown, and Notre Dame are co-sponsoring a series of conferences over the next three years, with the first one at Georgetown October 6-8. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers for the conference:
Lara Buchak (Berkeley), Oliver Crisp (Bristol), Terence Cuneo (Vermont), Christina van Dyke (Calvin), Mark Henninger (Georgetown), Hud Hudson (Western Washington), Trenton Merricks (Virginia), Alex Pruss (Baylor), and Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame).
We are soliciting commentators for each of the sessions, so email me if interested. We don’t have paper titles or topics yet, but we’ll make that public as soon as we have it.

Baylor’s Bob Roberts to be Plantinga Fellow
March 21, 2011 — 11:27

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: News  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 2

I’d like to congratulate my wonderful colleague Bob Roberts on becoming the next Plantinga fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, directed by Mike Rea.
Bob is an excellent choice and we are thrilled for him. Bob does really interesting work on emotions and especially their connection to normativity. I believe he’ll be completing a book project on emotions while there.
I’m especially glad he got it, as I’ll be there as well on a skeptical theism fellowship as part of a really exciting project they are working on with help from the Templeton Foundation.