CFP: 2016 Logos Workshop in Philosophical Theology: Sin
August 24, 2015 — 21:00

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: News  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 0

Call for Papers

2016 Logos Workshop in Philosophical Theology: Sin

May 5-7, 2016 at the University of Notre Dame

The concept of sin plays an important role in many religious traditions, but it also harbors great complexity. Sometimes we speak as if the concept applies mainly to morally blameworthy actions; but we also speak as if it applies to dispositions or character traits (e.g., ‘the sin of pride’). It is sometimes spoken of as a kind of impurity—something that can be washed away, or from which we can be cleansed. Sometimes it is treated as a kind of weight that can be lifted or carried away. Sometimes it is treated as an agency that resides within us—“no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me”. (Rom 7:17) In the Christian tradition, original sin is a condition that we inherit and (for many theologians) something for which we are guilty from birth. What is sin that it can be spoken of in so many ways? Alternatively, how should we disambiguate ‘sin’ so as to avoid talking past one another with this multiply ambiguous word? Are some “images” of sin to be prioritized over others? Does our ontology of sin have any bearing on our understanding of forgiveness, or atonement? The 2016 Logos Workshop will be devoted to addressing these and related philosophical and theological questions about sin and sinfulness.

To have your paper considered for presentation at Logos 2016, please submit an abstract of the paper or the paper itself no later than October 15, 2015. Other things being equal, preference will be given to those who submit full papers by the deadline. We will let you know by December 1, 2015 whether your paper has been provisionally accepted. Full acceptance will be conditional on submission of the full reading version of the paper by April 1, 2015. It is expected that papers presented at the Logos workshop will be works in progress that can benefit from the group discussion. Consequently, we ask that authors not submit papers that will be published before the conference has ended.

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Summary of Swinburne’s _Existence of God_ in 1000 words!
June 17, 2011 — 17:19

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Existence of God  Tags: , , ,   Comments: 8

Here at the University of Saint Thomas Summer Seminar, (what a beautiful campus!), we’ve just completed our first week, the topic of which was the Fine Tuning argument for God’s existence. There were a lot of great presentations and comments pro and con, but I find myself mostly a Swinburne guy here. So I wrote a note to my colleagues here giving a bare-bones summary of his perspective. It is below the fold as a basis of further discussion or just for the record.


Theistic Metaphysics is Alive and Well
September 13, 2006 — 20:20

Author: Trent Dougherty  Category: Christian Theology  Tags: , ,   Comments: 3

I just read Brian Leftow‘s “God and the Problem of Universals” which is in the latest Oxford Studies in Metaphysics (vol. 2) (Table of contents available here). It is divided into four sections of three or four essays each and Part IV is “Metaphysics and Theism”. [I previously interviewed Leftow for Prosblogion (link).]
I’ve mentioned my desire to explore divine conceptualist alternatives to the regnant Plantingan Platonism previously here. [By the way, another part of the Plantingan Paradigm is a “relational” vs. a “constituent” ontology. Michael Loux has an essay on this in the same volume (and Wolterstorff discusses it in “Divine Simplicity” Phil Perspectives 1991.]
Leftow’s piece is meandering and mysterious at times, but he’s doing front-line work which means there are also some very exciting ideas as well. I’ll mention a few things I find especially mysterious and especially exciting below the fold.