International Conference on Divine Action in the World: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries - Innsbruck 2014

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  • The mem­bers of the Ana­lytic The­ol­ogy Project Inns­bruck at the Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck (UIBK) are delighted to invite you to par­tic­i­pate in an “Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on the Divine Action in the World: Philo­soph­i­cal and The­o­log­i­cal Inquiries”, held August 4 – 6, 2014 in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria.

    A basic claim of the­is­tic belief sys­tems is that God engages in rela­tion­ship with his cre­ation. One way to under­stand this rela­tion­ship is pro­vided by talk about God’s actions. This includes not only his cre­at­ing, sus­tain­ing, and bring­ing to per­fec­tion of the world, but also his inter­ven­tion in the course of its history.

    Talk of God’s action in the world, how­ever, is open to many inter­pre­ta­tions, since it raises numer­ous ques­tions about the causal struc­ture of real­ity, laws of nature, and human free will.

    • Do the laws of nature allow God to inter­vene at all, and how great is his sphere of action for doing so?
    • Is a real rela­tion­ship between a lim­it­less, eter­nal, and nec­es­sar­ily exist­ing Cre­ator and his Cre­ation even conceivable?
    • Is the course of his­tory com­pletely deter­mined by God, its cre­ator and sustainer?
    • Does God influ­ence or even occa­sion­ally over­ride the wills of human beings in order to achieve his ends?
    • How does his salvific work relate to the evil in the world?
    • Does God respond to peti­tionary prayer?
    Com­ing to grips with these and sim­i­lar ques­tions is cru­cial for prop­erly engag­ing with any the­is­tic belief sys­tem. In our con­fer­ence, inter­na­tion­ally renowned philoso­phers and the­olo­gians will dis­cuss these ques­tions and give new and inno­v­a­tive answers.

    Ple­nary Speakers

    • Gre­gory Boyd – Bethel Uni­ver­sity, USA: “Free Will and God’s Lim­ited Power to Inter­vene“
    • Ingolf Dalferth – Uni­ver­sity of Zürich, Switzer­land, and Clare­mont Grad­u­ate Uni­ver­sity, USA: “‘… in God only one infi­nite act can be thought …‘ The Ambi­gu­ity of Divine Agency and the Diver­sity of Evil“
    • Laura Ekstrom – Col­lege of William & Mary, USA: “Would God Cre­ate Beings with Lib­er­tar­ian Free Will?“
    • Robert Gar­cia – Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity, USA: “The Nature of Crea­turely Prop­er­ties in a World Sus­tained by God“
    • Paul Helm – Regent Col­lege, Kanada: “Divine Eter­nity and Divine Free­dom“
    • David Hunt – Whit­tier Col­lege, USA: “Fore­knowl­edge and Divine Action“
    • Lydia Jaeger – Nogent Bible Insti­tute, France: “Chance in a Cre­ated World: How to Avoid Com­mon Mis­un­der­stand­ings about Divine Action“
    • Christo­pher Evan Longhurst – School of Human­i­ties and the Social Sci­ences, Al Akhawayn Uni­ver­sity, Marocco: “Islamic Pro­gres­sive Cre­ation Accord­ing to Sūrah al-​Hashr verse 24: ‘He is Allāh, the Cre­ator, the Orig­i­na­tor, the Fash­ioner of Forms‘“
    • Dan O’Brian – Oxford Brooks Uni­ver­sity, UK: “Divine Min­dread­ing, Angelol­ogy and the Incar­na­tion“
    • Derk Pere­boom – Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, USA
    • Josef Quit­terer – Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck, Aus­tria: “The Power of God and Mir­a­cles“
    • Thomas Schärtl – Uni­ver­sity of Augs­burg, Ger­many: “On The­o­log­i­cal and Philo­soph­i­cal Rea­sons for Non-​Interventionism“
    • Hans-​Christian Schmid­baur – Uni­ver­sity of Lugano, Switzer­land: “With an ‘Ana­lytic Thomism of rec­on­ciled mind‘ to a New ‘Pneu­ma­to­log­i­cal Real­ism‘“
    • Christoph Schwö­bel – Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen, Germany
    • Helen Stew­ard – Uni­ver­sity of Leeds, UK: “Agency Incom­pat­i­bil­ism and the Actions of God“
    • Klaus von Stosch – Uni­ver­sity of Pader­born, Ger­many: “God’s Action in History“
    • Charles Tal­i­a­ferro – St. Olaf Col­lege, USA
    • Kevin Timpe – North­west Nazarene Uni­ver­sity, USA: “Coop­er­a­tive Grace, Coop­er­a­tive Agency“
    • Thomas F. Tracy – Bates Col­lege, USA: “Spe­cial Divine Action in a Law­ful Nat­ural Order“
    • Ado­nis Vidu – Gordon-​Conwell The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, USA: “Opera Trini­tatis Ad Extra and Col­lec­tive Agency“
    • Daniel von Wachter – Inter­na­tional Acad­emy of Phi­los­o­phy, Liecht­en­stein: “Divine and Other Inter­ven­tions“

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