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?
- 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“