Analytic Theological Bioethics and End-Of-Life Palliative Care

March 19th, 2018 by

What kind of contribution can analytic theology make to the very complicated discussions surrounding end-of-life care in bioethics? Dr. Patrick Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, provides an answer to this question in his very engaging lecture entitled “On Dying Well Enough: Analytic Theological Bioethics and End-Of-Life Palliative Care.”

Richard Cross on the Ubiquity of Christ’s Human Nature

March 14th, 2018 by

When thinking about theological anthropology, myriad questions arise. What sort of things are humans? What is a human’s relation to its creator? What is a human’s relation to another human? Do humans have a vocation? If so, what is it? Did God make a human being one substance? Two substances? Three substances?

Accountability: a Virtue When it’s Involuntary, Phronesis When its Not

March 8th, 2018 by

Can accountability be a virtue? If so, how? C. Stephen Evans answered the first question with a resounding “yes” in a recent AT lecture entitled, “Accountability (to God and to Partner Humans) Understood as a Virtue.”

Disagreeing Virtuously

March 1st, 2018 by

It is often the case that disagreement over theological positions which people hold near to their hearts can get quite ugly. So what should we do in light of theological or religious disagreements? How should we respond? Ian Church, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale College, is interested in this very question so he joined us at our Analytic Theology Seminar to share his work on the topic.

Arcadi on Visala

February 26th, 2018 by

Dr. Visala is an Academy Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki. Visala is one of those rare breeds who actually works at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the sciences, and not just talks about that intersection.

Trent Dougherty on Phenomenology of Evidence in Science and Theology

February 15th, 2018 by

What is the relationship between theology and evidence? On January 24, the Analytic Theology team welcomed Dr. Trent Dougherty, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, along to help us answer this question.

Meghan Sullivan, “Faith, Practical Reason, and Risk”

February 13th, 2018 by

The University of Notre Dame philosopher Meghan Sullivan raised a number of issues pertaining to creedal beliefs in her talk at Fuller Seminary on January 17, 2018. 

Crossing Hudson’s Bridge

February 8th, 2018 by

Hud Hudson, professor of philosophy at Western Washington University, delivered the second of Fuller’s 2018 Analytic Theology lectures. Besides having a cool name, and a voice that our team deemed radio-ready, Hudson’s paper evinces a truly collegial spirit.  In his three-part paper, “A Metaphysical Bridge,” he suggests that analytic philosophy can play the role of a bridge (i.e., interface) between science and religion in dialogue.

Cognitive Science, Incarnation, and the Fullness of Time

January 26th, 2018 by

Now, if Christians believe that it is important that the events of the gospel actually happened at these times and these places, we might wonder: does it matter to Christians that these events happened at the particular times and places that they in fact did? In other words, could the events of the gospel have happened in some other time and place? More specifically, given the actual course of history, could the incarnation have happened in some other time and place? Justin Barrett, Professor of Psychology and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science of religion, set out to answer this question.

Hebraic and Pannenbergian Accounts of Truth

August 10th, 2017 by

In a chapter titled “Truth and Being in the Hebrew Bible,” Yoram Hazony asks a pair of straightforward questions: When the prophets of Israel endorsed the individual’s independent search for truth, what did they mean by ‘truth’? Is the way the Hebrews used the term ‘truth’ identical to the way one normally uses the term ‘truth’ today?”