William L. Rowe Memorial Conference
February 13, 2016 — 8:26

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

We are pleased to announce the “William L. Rowe Memorial Conference” to be held July 26 – July 27, 2016, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  The conference will celebrate the life and career of William Rowe, a long time professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the preeminent philosophers of religion in the past century.

The speakers will be:

  • Michael Bergmann
  • Kevin Corcoran
  • Scott Davison
  • Evan Fales
  • William Hasker
  • Jeff Jordan
  • Timothy O’Connor
  • Bruce Russell
  • John Schellenberg
  • Beth Seacord
  • Eleonore Stump
  • William Wainwright
  • Erik Wielenberg
  • Stephen Wykstra

On the evening of July 26, the organizers will host a banquet in honor of Rowe and have invited members of his family to participate.

The conference is being organized by Paul Draper (Purdue University), Bertha Alvarez Manninen (Arizona State University, West Campus), Jack Mulder (Hope College), and Kevin Sharpe (St. Cloud State University) and is sponsored by Purdue University (Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, and Religious Studies), The Society of Christian Philosophers, and The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

Additional information, including a complete schedule of events and registration information, will be sent out in the near future.

Conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne” Sept 25-27, 2014
February 1, 2014 — 9:34

Author: Michael Bergmann  Category: News  Tags: , , , , ,   Comments: 1

As an update to our previous post, we are pleased to announce the schedule (including paper titles, main speakers, commentators, and chairs) for a conference in honor of and on themes from the work of Richard Swinburne. The conference will be held at Purdue University and will begin at 6pm Thursday, September 25 and conclude at 6pm on Saturday, September 27. This event 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, including online registration information, will be available over the next few months. For now, here is the full line-up for the conference:

1. “Faith as Trust”
— Main Speaker: Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University
— Commentator: Frances Howard-Snyder, Western Washington University
— Chair: Robert Koons, University of Texas at Austin

2. “Faith and the Will”
— Main Speaker: John Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University
— Commentator: Trent Dougherty, Baylor University
— Chair: Kristen Irwin, Biola University

3. “Intrinsic Probability and Natural Theology”
— Main Speaker: Paul Draper, Purdue University
— Commentator: Bradley Monton, University of Colorado, Boulder
— Chair: Sandra Visser, Valparaiso University

4. “On Swinburne’s Fine-Tuning Argument”
— Main speaker: Hud Hudson, Western Washington University
— Commentator: Roger White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Chair: Susan Brower-Toland, Saint Louis University

5. “Law and Order”
— Main speaker: Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame and Calvin College
— Commentator: Laura Ekstrom, College of William and Mary
— Chair: Ric Otte, University of California, Santa Cruz

6. “Time, Eternity, and Future Contingents”
— Main speaker: Dean Zimmerman, Rutgers University
— Commentator: Meghan Sullivan, University of Notre Dame
— Chair: William Hasker, Huntington College

7. “Love, Goodness, Justice, and Forgiveness”
— Main speaker: Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University
— Commentator: Michael Rea, University of Notre Dame
— Chair: Timothy O’Connor, Indiana University

8. “Thinking Again about the Atonement”
— Main speaker: Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
— Commentator: Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova University
— Chair: Steffi Lewis, Municipal Capital Management, LLC

9. “The Doomsday Argument and Personal Immortality”
— Main speaker: Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame
— Commentator: Lara Buchak, University of California, Berkeley
— Chair: Ted Poston, University of South Alabama

10. “The Soul, Its Nature and Future Prospects”
— Main speaker: Marilyn McCord Adams, Rutgers University
— Commentator: Brian Leftow, Oxford University
— Chair: Alan Padgett, Luther Seminary

Paul Draper’s burden of proof for the theist
May 11, 2012 — 13:09

Author: Helen De Cruz  Category: Atheism & Agnosticism  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 17

[x-posted on Newapps] A few days ago, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Paul Draper, probably one of the most prominent atheist philosophers of religion today. His lecture had a wealth of ideas (including a proposed solution to Hume’s problem!), but I’d like to focus on one tiny piece of the lecture, viz. his argument that the burden of proof is on the theist, and not on the atheist.

Here goes the argument, which Paul was kind enough to discuss with me, prior to posting it. I apologize if there are any remnant misrepresentations.

Let’s assume that there are a number of epistemically possible world views: some are naturalistic, some are supernaturalistic, let’s even grant there are others (non-supernatural, non-natural, but some third, unknown view). Then we can see that the following diagram exhausts all epistemic possibilities: N (naturalism), S (supernaturalism) and not-N and not-S.