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
To celebrate the publication of the 50th volume of Religious Studies in 2014, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the journal in 1965, the University of Leeds is hosting a conference, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, on 25th – 27th June, 2014. Invited participants include: Pamela Sue Anderson, Peter Byrne, Victoria Harrison, Brian Leftow, Graham Oppy, John Schellenberg, Stewart Sutherland, Richard Swinburne, and Keith Ward.
The afternoon of 26th will be set aside for submitted short papers, and these are now invited. Abstracts of around 250 words, accompanied by a short CV, should be sent by e-mail attachment to the Editor, Prof. Robin Le Poidevin, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 31st January, 2014.
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:
â¢ Marilyn McCord Adams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
â¢ Paul Draper, Purdue University
â¢ Hud Hudson, Western Washington University
â¢ Jonathan Kvanvig, Baylor University
â¢ Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame and Calvin College
â¢ John Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University
â¢ Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University
â¢ Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame
â¢ Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
â¢ 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.
I learned only recently that Basil Mitchell died this summer. It is not too strong to say that he was one of my heroes. He edited a volume Philosophy of Religion that came out the year I was born and which was a watershed for philosophy of religion (the book, not my birth :-). A few years after that, he wrote The Justification of Religious Belief which, as it happens, I re-read at my lunchtimes last semester. It is still a remarkable work. He was the pioneer of the cumulative case argument for God’s existence. As all the biographies note, he was doing this at a time when it was extremely unpopular. This was all happening at a time with the Society of Christian Philosophers was just a glimmer.
His spiritual story kicks off Kelly Clark’s collection Philosophers Who Believe and Mitchell recently wrote a memoir, Looking Back on Faith: philosophy and friends in Oxford, which I have just ordered.
Mitchell succeeded C.S. Lewis as President of the Oxford Socratic Club, and preceded Richard Swinburne in the Nolloth Chair in Christian Philosophy.
As far as I can tell, the Times of London barely noticed (I had to pay two pounds 50 to even see it), but there is a longer recognition in the Telegraph here. The wiki page has a link to a short biography on the Gifford Lecture page. The best online item I’ve found is a touching and inspiring remembrance (by whom I cannot tell) on his personal home page here. Even if you didn’t know much about Mitchell, I recommend you read this short piece, for it portrays an ideal for which we should all strive. I’ve also ordered a copy of this detailed article by Brian Hebblethwaite for Theology, which I will gladly send a copy of to anyone who asks.
Richard Swinburne was kind enough to write a nice note as well, which I paste below the fold.