CFP: Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Conference
August 1, 2015 — 11:47

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 2

The End of Religion?

March 17 – 19, 2016

Keynote Speakers

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: baber@sandiego.edu. We will notify those accepted by Feb 1, 2016.

Student Prizes
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.

2015 SCP Pacific Regional Conference – Call for Papers
December 29, 2014 — 16:09

Author: Michael Almeida  Category: News  Tags: , , , ,   Comments: 0

The 2015 Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers (Pacific Region)

March 20-21, 2015

Hosted by Azusa Pacific University

Keynote Speakers

  • 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: pacificscp2015@gmail.com. We intend to notify those accepted by Jan 22nd, 2015.

Student Prizes

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.

SCP at the AAR
October 30, 2012 — 16:45

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: 0

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 kénotique dans la théologie britannique (Mame-Desclée, 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.

SCP Offers New Student Rate
February 4, 2012 — 20:35

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags:   Comments: Off

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).

Call for Panel Participants: Women in the SCP
December 20, 2010 — 22:27

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: 1

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: psmith@georgefox.edu. Conference fees will be waived for panel participants.

Society of Christian Philosophers
2011 Pacific and Mountain Regional Conference
March 3-5, 2011
Hosted by George Fox University, Newberg, OR