Christina Van Dyke shares the following:
Marilyn McCord Adams passed away early morning on March 22, 2017. She was an uncompromisingly fierce person: in her scholarship, in her pursuit of justice for the marginalized, in her wickedly awesome sense of humor, and in her love for God, Bob (her husband), and her friends.
Marilyn was a prodigious scholar and an enormously influential figure in both medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion; she held positions at a number of top research institutions and was one of the founding members of the Society of Christian Philosophers. (See Daily Nous for a short summary of her life and work: http://dailynous.com/2017/03/22/marilyn-mccord-adams-1943-2017/)
Yet perhaps the most important legacy Marilyn leaves behind is her impact on the lives of those around her. Her heartfelt work on God and horrendous evils, her devoted ministry as an Episcopal priest, her tireless support of junior scholars–especially those on the margins of philosophy, her witness for women in a field with few role models, and her ability to combine incisive criticism with dry wit and an irresistible laugh are all just parts of what made her such an important person to so many of us.
From the moment news of her death began to spread, people started sharing stories of what Marilyn meant to them and the many ways in which she shaped their lives. Anyone who wants to should feel free to share their stories below in the comments: some losses are easier to bear in community, and it seems clear that this is one of them.
As mentioned above, Marilyn was one of the founding members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, and she remained active in the Society throughout her life. The liturgy here: http://societyofchristianphilosophers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/McCordAdamsLiturgy.pdf is one she wrote for the Service of Lament, which the SCP hosted at the 2015 Central APA, included here because it captures so much of what she thought Christian philosophers should stand for. May it continue to call us to justice and compassion as we mourn her absence and celebrate her life.
The End of Religion?
March 17 – 19, 2016
Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Philip Jenkins (Baylor University)
The US is currently in the midst of what pundits are calling the ‘Great Decline’ in religiosity. Data suggest that the US is, in this respect, catching up to secular Europe and that within our lifetimes we may expect to see a world in which secularism is the norm in affluent countries, including the US, and where religious believers have become a small, shrinking, and increasingly marginalized minority.
- What is religiosity?
- What relation exists between identity and religiosity? And what are the implications of identifying as religious?
- How should we understand (epistemically, politically and sociologically) of the growing tendency to identify as ‘spiritual’ rather than ‘religious’?
- What are the causes of decline in religious belief and affiliation? And, perhaps more importantly, what are the likely consequences?
We invite submissions exploring the current theme or any topic of interest to Christian philosophers. We welcome participation by individuals regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof as presenters and participants. Papers (no more than 3000 words) are due by January 15th 2016, Please include professional contact information and an abstract with your paper. Submit them to: email@example.com. We will notify those accepted by Feb 1, 2016.
Graduate and undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the SCP’s prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper or Best Undergraduate Student Paper must submit a final draft of their papers by January 1st, 2014. Each winner will receive a $500 award, which will be presented publicly at the conference. In your submission email, please indicate that you are a graduate student or undergraduate student.
The 2015 Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Pacific Region)
March 20-21, 2015
Hosted by Azusa Pacific University
- Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma),
- Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame)
Theme: Religious Epistemology in the 21st Century
Advances in technology and interfaith dialogues lead to questions about who or what to trust. Such questions include, for example:
- How does one decide who (or what) is an expert?
- How does technology help or hinder inter-faith dialogues?
- Is there a “virtue epistemology” for surfing the web for information?
- How can one remain justified in one’s own religious beliefs if one has good reason to believe that a Google search would return millions of arguments against those beliefs?
We invite submissions exploring any topic of interest to Christian philosophers, but those dealing explicitly with the conference theme may be given preference. The conference organizers intend to bring together a wide range of topics and ideas with the hope of fostering a rich and broad discussion among those interested in Christianity and philosophy. We welcome participation from both Christians and non-Christian philosophers as presenters and participants.
Papers (no more than 3000 words) are due by January 15th (extended from January 1st), 2014. Please include professional contact information and an abstract with your paper. Submit them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to notify those accepted by Jan 22nd, 2015.
Graduate and undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the SCP’s prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper or Best Undergraduate Student Paper must submit a final draft of their papers by January 1st, 2014. Each winner will receive a $400 award, which will be presented publicly at the conference. In your submission email, please indicate that you are a graduate student or undergraduate student.
The Society of Christian Philosophers session at this year’s American Academy of Religion Annual Conference will take place from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Chicago on Saturday, November 17th 2012 (please note that this is a slight time-change from the AAR Program Book, ending 30 minutes sooner). The current location is McCormick Place South, Room 101B. The session is a panel discussion of David Brown’s Divine Humanity: Kenosis and the Construction of a Christian Identity (Baylor University Press, 2011).
Chair: Andrew Chignell (Cornell University)
Panelists: C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University) and Kathryn Tanner (Yale University)
Responding: David Brown (University of St. Andrews)
Description: Although published almost thirty years ago, David Brown’s The Divine Trinity (Open Court / Duckworth, 1985) continues to be a touchstone for discussions of the social Trinity and kenotic Christology. His newest book, Divine Humanity, was commissioned for a French series and originally published as La tradition kÃ©notique dans la thÃ©ologie britannique (Mame-DesclÃ©e, 2010). It takes a more historical approach than the previous book, looking in particular at developments in Scotland and England, but concludes with a fresh defense of kenosis within both Trinitarian and Christological doctrine. This session will bring a philosopher (C. Stephen Evans) and a theologian (Kathryn Tanner) into critical conversation with Brown on the key themes of this volume and its implications for biblical studies, the history of Christian doctrine, and philosophical theology.
In case you’ve missed it, the Society of Christian Philosophers has introduced an new student rate of just $10. Beginning January 1, 2012, students may join or renew SCP membership for $10 per year. See here (pdf).
Women comprise a significantly smaller percentage of the Society of Christian Philosophers than of the American Philosophical Association. Is this a problem? Do Christian Philosophers have particular reasons to be troubled by under-representation of women in the profession? Are there positive steps Christian philosophers or institutions can take to increase the numbers of women in philosophy?
We invite “younger” women philosophers (Ph.D since 2000) to participate in a panel discussion of these issues at the Pacific/Mountain Region Conference of the SCP. Please send your name, institutional connection, and a brief synopsis of your ideas to Phil Smith: email@example.com. Conference fees will be waived for panel participants.
2011 Pacific and Mountain Regional Conference
March 3-5, 2011
Hosted by George Fox University, Newberg, OR