All full members and student members of EPS are invited to submit paper proposals on this year’s theme. Quality papers on topics not directly related to the theme are also welcome.

Full Members: Paper proposals should include a title and abstract (300 words) prepared for blind review, and a separate document including the presenter’s name and institutional affiliation together with the title of the proposed paper, and the presenter’s membership status. An acceptable paper should be delivered in 25 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion.

Student Members: Ph.D students should follow the same instructions as full members. For those studying for a Masters degree, in addition to the above requirements, student papers are to be sponsored by a full member of EPS. Proposals should include the student’s degree program and email confirmation from the sponsor who has agreed to oversee the paper’s preparation.

Non-Members: Submissions are welcome from non-members, and membership is NOT a requirement to attend, nor is membership a requirement to present. Those who hold a Ph.D or are currently enrolled in a doctoral program can submit proposals that include a title and a 300 word abstract together prepared for blind review together with a separate document containing the person’s name, institutional affiliation, and title of the proposed paper. Please indicate on this separate document non-member status.

All paper proposals should be submitted to jfarris@hbu.edu The submission deadline is Monday January 29, 2017.

Student Paper Competition: Student members whose papers are accepted for inclusion in the program will be eligible to enter a student paper competition. Students who wish to enter the competition must submit the following to Ben Arbour at benarbour03@yahoo.com by Feb. 19, 2017: 1. A titled, full version of the paper to be presented suitable for blind review. 2. A 200-300 word abstract with the paper title as it appears on the blind review submission, the student’s name, pursued degree, and societal and institutional affiliations.

Winner(s) will be announced at the final plenary session of the conference. Students must present their papers at the conference to be considered for the competition.

Ben Arbour, Chair, benarbour03@yahoo.com (979) 574-1300 Joshua Farris, Program Chair, jfarris@hbu.edu (281) 649-3214 Chad Meeks, Secretary, chad.meeks1980@gmail.com (817) 773-2391

The Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Session

“The Interior Castle: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church”

 

Annual HBU Philosophy Conference

October 13-14, 2017

On the campus of Houston Baptist University

Dr. Sarah Borden from Wheaton College will give a plenary talk entitled “Interior Castles: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church.”

Dr. Daniel Bonevac, from the University of Texas Austin will give a plenary talk entitled “Bifurcation Thesis in Calvin’s Institutes”.

The Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Session, and Houston Baptist University presents “The Interior Castle: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church” held on October 13-14, 2017.  Join us as we explore the nature of human beings and the Church. As it is appropriate for REFO 500, we invite philosophers reflecting on various anthropological and ecclesiological themes. We, also, invite theologians interested in weighing in on these philosophical themes.

Register for the conference here.

Call for Papers

The Society of Christian Philosophers with the Department of Philosophy invites papers addressing topics related to the soul and the soul’s relationship to the Church. We welcome papers that deal with ecclesiology, anthropology,  Reformation theology, metaphysics and epistemology. In addition, we will happily consider papers on any philosophical topic. The Department of Philosophy at HBU encourages papers from both analytic and continental traditions.

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The Pantheism and Panentheism Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, welcomes applications for summer stipends from scholars and writers who wish to spend the summer writing a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal, a reputable magazine (if they wish to write for a popular audience), or an edited collection to be published by a leading academic publisher. We offer £1000 each to 10 applicants in the summer of 2017 and 9 awards of £1000 in the summer of 2018. Co-authors are welcome to apply together but they will be awarded only one joint stipend of £1000. This is a non-residential grant that allows grant recipients to work on their project anywhere they wish.

Find more information here.

Jewish Philosophical Theology

Young Scholars Summer Workshop
The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem
June 12-22, 2017

Project Directors: Yoram Hazony and Joshua Weinstein

The Jewish Philosophical Theology project invites applications from graduate students and recent PhDs for a Young Scholars Bible and Philosophy Workshop in Jerusalem on June 12-22, 2017. Up to 20 students will be accepted to the program, which will be conducted in English by Institute scholars and invited speakers. Participants will attend seminars on philosophical issues in Hebrew Bible as well as Talmud and Midrash (classical rabbinic stories), present response papers, and visit historic sites in Jerusalem.

Philosophical theology uses the tools of philosophical investigation to seek new spiritual knowledge in theological subjects, including God’s nature and relationship to the world, the fundamental nature of reality, and the nature of human beings and human flourishing. Jewish philosophical theology is a distinctive philosophical enterprise that strives for new knowledge in these areas through the philosophical investigation of Jewish texts such as the Hebrew Bible and classical rabbinic literature; the elucidation of specifically Jewish theological concepts and their comparison with theological concepts inherited from other traditions; and the positive construction of theological explanatory frameworks of significance for contemporary Jews, Christians and others.

Lectures and discussions at the Workshop will be on topics such as: “The Bible as Philosophy?” “The Metaphysics of Hebrew Scripture”; “Is the Biblical God Perfect Being?”; “What Does It Mean for God to Speak?”; “Bible as a Tradition of Inquiry”; “Approaching God Through Metaphor”; “God’s Plans, Failures and Alliances”; “Should God Be Our King?”; “Discovering a Name of God”; “Who Makes Things Happen in the Bible?”

Workshop participants will also take part in the sixth international conference in the “Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash.”The conference topic for this year is “The Revelation at Sinai: What Does Torah From Heaven Mean?” Invited conference speakers include: R. Joshua Amaru, William Abraham, Shawn Zelig Aster, Jonathan Burnside, R. Shalom Carmy, James Diamond, Lenn E. Goodman, Yoram Hazony, Steven Kepnes, and R. Gil Student. More information on the conference can be found here.

All accepted workshop participants will receive meals, free registration for the conference, and a modest stipend. Limited assistance with travel expenses and accommodation is available.

The application deadline is December 31, 2016. Applications should be submitted online through the following link: herzlinstitute.org/en/workshop-application/.

Applications must include:

  1. 1-2 page letter of introduction describing your interest in the program
  2. Recent cv
  3. Letter of recommendation

Applications will be judged by a panel consisting of Yoram Hazony, Josh Weinstein and Dru Johnson. Applications will be judged principally with respect to potential future contributions to the field of Jewish philosophical theology.

Applications are invited from graduate students and recent PhDs of all disciplinary and religious backgrounds.

All additional inquiries should be directed to Gavriel Lakser at gavriell@herzlinstitute.org

For further information about the Jewish Philosophical Theology project, please consult the project website at www.bibleandphilosophy.org.

This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.

Announcement of a conference in
Jewish Philosophical Theology on the topic:

The Revelation at Sinai:
What Does “Torah From Heaven” Mean?

The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem
June 18-22, 2017

The concept of torah from heaven (Heb., tora min hashamaim) plays a central role in Jewish theology. But what precisely does it mean to say that the Jewish torah (Hebrew, “teaching”) is from heaven? This expression refers back to the biblical accounts of Israel receiving God’s teaching at Mt. Sinai, accounts in which God is said to have spoken to Moses and Israel “from heaven.” (Ex. 20.19; Deut. 4.36). But torah from heaven is not restricted to God’s speech at Sinai, and includes subsequent Mosaic prophecy in the desert (at least), and perhaps a great deal more. Traditionally, this concept has been flexible enough to address the legitimacy of dispute and innovation (machloket le-shem shamayim, hiddush) within the framework of an ongoing tradition, even as the centrality of Moses and Sinai has remained indispensable.

This conference will seek to elucidate the traditional Jewish theology of torah from heaven in response to recent challenges. We are especially interested in papers that seek a better understanding of the views presented in the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash, according to which the torah is to be seen as entering the world through, or being given shape by, God’s speech to Moses and Israel at Mt. Sinai. We hope to address questions such as: What can the idea that thetorah is from heaven teach us about the relationship between God’s instruction and the world of human experience? About the place of the prophet as a bearer of God’s word, bringing instruction to other human beings? About the normative character of a reality that not only “is” but also commands? About the significance of tradition and its relationship with other means of exploring God’s will such as human reasoning?

Among recent challenges is criticism of the classical view of torah from heaven from Jewish scholars and academics, who have proposed the adoption of a rival theology of torah from heaven: One in which God gave his teaching to Israel through the work of large numbers of anonymous scribes over many generations in what has been called an “unfolding” revelation. According to this theory, God gave the torah to Israel without having need of either Moses or of Sinai to do it. Papers submitted for presentation at the conference can consider such critiques and develop considered responses to them.

More generally, conference papers should address, but need not be limited to, questions such as: What is the meaning and relevance of the claim that God spoke and appeared to Israel at Sinai? That God had to descend upon the mountain to teach Israel, and that Moses had to climb up to be taught? How are God’s speech, appearance, covenant and law related to one another? What is to be learned from the unique characteristics of the Sinai events, such as God’s speaking of the Ten Precepts (i.e., the “Ten Commandments”), his apparent revelation of his form to Moses and to the elders upon the mountain, and the variety of Israel’s responses? What are the standpoints of the account in Exodus and Deuteronomy on these and related questions, and of the points of view in the Talmud and Midrash? How is Sinai related to other events of God’s appearance, speech and law-giving? What is unique about Moses’ prophecy? Do later developments in philosophy, theology and science—whether Jewish, Christian, or other—provide resources for recognizing a distinctive Hebrew Bible or classical rabbinic view of God’s nature or of human nature as presented in the classical Jewish sources describing the Israel and Moses at Sinai?

Please consult the draft working paper on “Torah From Heaven: Moses and Sinai in Exodus” by Yoram Hazony available online here: bibleandphilosophy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Hazony-Torah-From-Heaven-Paper-Nov-16-2016.pdf. This paper maps some of the central issues that this conference aims to address.

The conference invites papers and active participation by Jews, Christians, and individuals of other backgrounds.

Conference Directors:

Yoram Hazony  (The Herzl Institute)
Dru Johnson  (The King’s College)
Joshua Weinstein  (The Herzl Institute)

Invited Speakers include:

William J. Abraham (Southern Methodist University)
R. Joshua Amaru (Yeshivat Eretz Hazvi)
Shawn Zelig Aster  (Bar-Ilan University)
Jonathan Burnside  (University of Bristol)
R. Shalom Carmy  (Yeshiva University)
James Diamond  (University of Waterloo)
Lenn E. Goodman  (Vanderbilt University)
Steven Kepnes  (Colgate University)
R. Gil Student  (Independent Scholar)

Scholars wishing to present papers at the conference should submit abstracts of 500-1,000 words together with a current CV through our online paper proposal form at the following link:  herzlinstitute.org/en/herzl-institute-2017-conference-paper-proposal-submission/

Priority will be given to papers that engage directly with texts from the Hebrew Bible and/or classical rabbinic sources such as the Talmud and Midrash; and which bring these texts to bear on questions of concern for philosophical theology.

The submission deadline is December 31, 2016.

Please keep in mind that full-length draft papers will need to be circulated to participants a month prior to the conference date. Presentations will be 40 minutes + 20 minutes Q&A.

A limited travel fund will be available to assist scholars and students wishing to attend the conference. Conference papers will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming anthology of papers on this subject. Submission of a paper will be considered submission to the conference volume as well.

Graduate students and recent PhDs should also consider applying to the Bible and Philosophy Young Scholars Workshop to be conducted by the Herzl Institute during the week prior to the conference. Workshop participants will be eligible to apply for student funding to offset costs of travel and accommodations. For more information about the workshop, follow this link:bibleandphilosophy.org/young-scholars-summer-workshop.

For a general overview of the “Jewish Philosophical Theology” project at the Herzl Institute, follow this link: bibleandphilosophy.org

Please direct correspondence to gavriell@herzlinstitute.org

The Analytic Theology for Theological Formation project at Fuller Seminary has provided funding for the development and implementation of courses, or course segments, in analytic theology at six institutions. Below are the institutions, faculty members, and course titles of the winning courses.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX — Ross Inman and Paul Gould will be teaching “Analytic Philosophy as Theological Handmaiden.”

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA — Sameer Yadav will be teaching “Divine Hiddenness.”

The University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN — Tim Pawl will be teaching “Christian Mysteries.”

The University of York, York, England — Joshua Cockayne will be teaching “Philosophy of Christianity.”

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA — Jordan Wessling and James Arcadi will be teaching “An Invitation to Analytic Theology.”

Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL — James Gordon and Kevin Wong will be teaching “Introduction to Analytic Theology.”

Congratulations to the winners!

Summary:

Fuller Seminary invites applications for one research associate position in the Systematic Theology Department for academic year 2016-2017. (An additional position will be open for 2017-2018.) The associates will take positions of leadership in research of a major research initiative on “Prayer, Love, and Human Nature: Analytic Theology for Theological Formation,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The yearlong post will begin on, or shortly after, Sept 1, 2016, and will end on August 31, 2017.

 

About the Project:

Analytic Theology (AT) is an approach to theology that seeks integration between theological investigation, on the one hand, and the methods and results of progressive and truth-oriented disciplines such as the empirical sciences and analytic philosophy, on the other. This grant takes AT forward by focusing on three Big Questions as case studies to road test the value of analytic theology in a vocational context: prayer, divine love, and the theological implications and engagement of the sciences of human origins. The project hypothesizes that AT provides a rigorous intellectual framework for the training and formation of church leaders. This project will involve weekly seminars, visiting fellows, colloquia events, and a capstone conference, in addition to the research outputs listed below.

 

Essential Functions:

 

Knowledge and Skills Required:

 

Desirable Qualifications:

 

To apply, candidates should first complete the online application, and must then submit an electronic packet including the following to Allison Wiltshire, at allisonwiltshire@fuller.edu

  1. A brief statement of your research experience, interests, and goals. Please include your research interests as it pertains to this project.
  2. A copy of your CV
  3. A research based writing sample
  4. Names and contact information for three professional references

The University of St Andrews and the Templeton Foundation are funding two Research Fellowships in the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology.

Read more here.

Curriculum Development Awards

Analytic Theology for Theological Formation


 Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Theology, in cooperation with the John Templeton foundation, is providing funding for the development and implementation of courses, or course segments, in analytic theology at divinity schools and departments of theology and religious studies. The project expects to award up to five applicants with grants of between $5,000-$18,000 each, depending on the nature of the course envisaged. See below for information on how to apply. Applications are due July 1, 2016.

 

Overview of Course Program

The curriculum development awards are intended to stimulate the creation and implementation of courses, or course segments, in analytic theology at divinity schools and departments of theology and religious studies. The program will provide five awards to faculty members who would like to develop and teach a course of one of the following two types:

  1. Revised Required Courses – A required graduate survey course that does not currently contain a segment on analytic theology, and which the applicant would like to revise so that it does. Course awards of up to $5,000 are available for courses where analytic theology forms a component part of the course (e.g. where a fifth of the revised course contains new material on, or directly related to, analytic theology).
  2. New Courses in Analytic Theology – A course dedicated to analytic theology. To qualify, such courses must, if selected, be taught for credit within major degree programs at the institution. Courses must qualify for credit towards a graduate degree in theology or religion and be a full semester, trimester, or quarter in duration. In addition, applicants must provide evidence from the overseeing administrator ensuring that the course can be taught at least once during the life of the grant (ending August 31, 2018) and a second time during the four-year span after the course award is made. Course awards of up to $18,000 are available for such courses to support teaching replacement ($12,000) and implementation costs ($6,000).

 

Applications

Applicants for either type of award should submit a detailed syllabus for the course being considered for an award, a short (single page) covering letter that provides a rationale for the award, and CVs for the personnel teaching the proposed course. Submissions must be sent to Allison Wiltshire at allisonwiltshire@fuller.edu. For those seeking Revised Required Course awards, copies of the original syllabus for the course (i.e., the course as taught without the Analytic Theology component) must be submitted as well. The syllabus (or syllabi, in the case of Revised Required Course) should be submitted electronically by the due date.

 

Applicants

These curriculum development awards are open to all regular faculty at accredited institutions of higher education, e.g. universities, colleges, and seminaries. Preference will be given for applicants who can demonstrate that their courses include substantial new elements, or where the entire course is new material previously not taught at the institution in question.

 

Awards

Five syllabi will be selected for awards, and evaluators will offer feedback on each winning syllabus, giving advice on readings, course structure, etc. Award winning faculty will be asked to provide a revised syllabus based on feedback before the financial award is made. Awards will consist of between $5,000-$18,000 each. Syllabi from winning courses will be made available as online exemplars of courses in analytic theology, or where analytic theology is a major component.

E-mail analytictheology@fuller.edu with any questions.

The Center for Advanced Theological Study (CATS) in Fuller Theological Seminary invites applications for two doctoral research positions in the area of Analytic Theology, which, as a method for doing systematic theology that falls under the Systematic Theology concentration in CATS. The successful applicants will take up one of two fully-funded fellowships as part of a major research initiative on “Analytic Theology for the Seminary and Ministry,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Read more here. Each fellowship will fund three consecutive years of doctoral study.

Essential Functions:

 

Knowledge and Skills Required:

 

Application procedure and deadline:

Applicants for these fellowships must submit a 1000 words research statement to the Center for Advanced Theological Studies. The deadline for application is December 31, 2015. Applications can be submitted by email at cats@fuller.edu, or by mail:

 

Fuller Theological Seminary

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

135 N Oakland Ave

Pasadena CA 91182