Thursday March 30, 2017

THURSDAY EVENING:

6:00-7:00 Registration

Business 109

7:00-9:00 pm Keynote Address

Location: Business 109

 

Speaker: Lara Bucha

University of California, Berkeley

Paper: Faith, Authority, and Disagreement

ABSTRACT: I have previously argued for a view of faith that I call the risky commitment view.  According to this view, one must be willing to act on a claim one has faith in, without further evidence for the claim, and to continue to act even in the face of counter-evidence.  In this talk, I will show that deference to authority is a special case of faith—a case that is particularly apt to be rational.  I will also show that the risky commitment view of faith opens up a new possibility in the debate over peer disagreement, since it shows that it can be rational to act on your own view of the evidence while becoming less sure that your view is the correct one.  I thus show that it is rational defer to authority in one’s community rather than one’s own understanding, and to remain committed to such deference even in the face of disagreement between communities.

 

Friday March 31, 2017 

8:30-9:00 Registration Business 2nd Floor.

9:00- 9:50 AM

Session 1 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Matthew Owen University of Birmingham

Speaker: Mihretu Guta Biola University and Azusa Pacific University

Paper: “The Two Natures of Christ and the Bearer Question: What Happened at Incarnation?”

 

Session 1 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: David Horner Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Klaas Kraay Ryerson University

Paper: “Motivated Submaximization: Still not Good enough for God”

 

10:00- 10:50 AM

Session 2 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Gary Osmundsen Grand Canyon University

Speaker: Adam Pelser US Air Force Academy

Paper: “The Temptations, Virtues, and Moral Exemplarity of Jesus”

 

Session 2 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: David Skowronski Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Ryan Bunke Talbot School of Theology

Paper: The Failure of Fairness: John Rawls, Private Ownership, and the Transitivity of Merit”

 

Session 2 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Julia Stubbs Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: B. Chan Purdue University

Paper: “The Same-God problem, and the Santa Claus and Madagascar objections”

 

11:00- 11:50 AM

Session 3 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Greg Ganssle Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Sabrina Little Baylor University

Paper: The Temptations of Jesus and Kenotic Christology”

 

Session 3 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Kent Dunnington Biola University

Speaker: Jeremy Carey University of California, Berkeley

Paper: “Faith as Intention to Believe”

 

Session 3 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Klaas Kraay Ryerson University

Speaker: Erik M. Hanson University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Paper: “Augustine, Kierkegaard, and Evil”

 

12:00-2:00 LUNCH

 

2:00- 2:50 PM

Session 4 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: David Horner Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Eric Yang Santa Clara University

Paper: “Against an Updated Ontological Argument”

 

Session 4 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Bridgett Kielhack Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Mark Bernier Azusa Pacific University

Paper: “How Christian Hope Reshapes Practical Reasoning”

 

Session 4 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Greg Ganssle Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Christopher Tomaszewski Baylor University

Paper: “A Geachian Cure for Morally Paralyzed Skeptical Theists”

 

3:00- 3:50 PM

Session 5 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Twigz McGuire St. Louis University

Speaker: Regan Reitsma Kings College

Paper: “Humility and Not Being God”

 

Session 5 Paper 2

Location: Business 206 

Chair: Bridgette Kielhack Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Hilary Yaney Baylor University

Paper: But I’m Afraid of the Dark: Why Courage Does Not Depend on What We Fear”

 

Session 5 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Carl Sohmer Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Mickey Jordan Talbot School of Theology

Paper: Paintings and Painters”

 

FRIDAY EVENING: Keynote Address

7:00-9:00 PM

 

Location: Business 109

Speaker: John Greco

St. Louis University

Paper: Transmitting Faith (and Garbage)

Almost everyone will grant that knowledge is often transmitted through testimony. For example, parents often transmit knowledge to their children, teachers often transmit knowledge to their students, and doctors often transmit knowledge to their patients, all by telling their intended audience that such and such is the case. Here is a problem: Knowledge seems to be transmitted right alongside lots of garbage. That is, besides transmitting genuine knowledge, we manage to transmit lots of beliefs that are irrational, superstitious, self-deceiving, and flat out false. So how is that possible? How is it that the very same channels manage to transmit both knowledge and garbage together? Call this “the garbage problem”. This paper formulates and explores this problem, in general and for religious faith in particular.  The religious version of the problem is this:  How is it that genuine faith, considered as a kind of religious knowledge, is transmitted alongside garbage? For example, how can churchgoers come to know that God created the world and loves His creation, if this is learned right alongside self-serving prejudices and anachronistic superstitions?

 

SATURDAY PAPERS

9:00- 9:50 AM

 

Session 1 Paper 

Location: Business 203

Chair: Liz Jackson, University of Notre Dame

Speaker: Nicole Garcia MIT

Paper: “Epistemic Provisions”

 

Session 1 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Bridgett Kielhack Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Josh Blander The King’s College

Paper: “Humility: Human, Divine, Hebraic”

 

Session 1 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Mihretu Guta Biola University and Azusa Pacific University

Speaker: Allison Krile Thornton Baylor University

Paper: If I am a hylomorphic compound, who thinks my thoughts?”

 

10:00- 10:50 AM

Session 2 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Tim Pickavance Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Liz Jackson University of Notre Dame

Paper: “A Defense of Intrapersonal Belief Permissivism”

 

Session 2 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Greg Ganssle Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Ryan Peterson Talbot School of Theology

Paper: “Speaking of God with Humility”

 

Session 2 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Kevin Gausselin Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Matt Owen University of Birmingham

Paper: A Hylomorphic Solution To The Causal Pairing Problem”

 

11:00- 11:50 AM

Session 3 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Liz Jackson, University of Notre Dame

Speaker: Anna Brinkerhoff Brown University

Paper: “What’s Really Problematic about Problematic Irrelevant Influences”

 

Session 3 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Arden Cobb Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Hayden Stephan St. Louis University

Paper: “The Knowability Paradox and Christian Theism”

 

Session 3 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Jon Kelly Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Brandon Rickabaugh Baylor University

Paper: Dismantling Bodily Resurrection Objections to the Soul”

 

12:00-2:00 LUNCH

 

2:00- 2:50 PM

Session 4 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Jonah Nagashima University of California Riverside

Speaker: Taylor W. Cyr and Andrew Law University of California, Riverside

Paper: “Freedom, Foreknowledge, and Dependence: A Dialectical Intervention”

 

Session 4 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Keith Hess The College of Southern Nevada

Speaker: Gary Osmundsen Grand Canyon University

Paper: “Revisiting Religious Luck: Can a True Religious Belief Sourced in Testimony Merit The Kind of Credit Needed for Knowledge?”

 

Session 4 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair: Liz Jackson, University of Notre Dame

Speaker: Heather Spradley Harvard University

Paper: Disagreement in Context: An Analysis of the Disagreement Discussion”

 

3:00- 3:50 PM

Session 5 Paper 1

Location: Business 203

Chair: Taylor W. Cyr University of California, Riverside

Speaker: Jonah Nagashima University of California Riverside

Paper: Grounding the Consequence Argument”

 

Session 5 Paper 2

Location: Business 206

Chair: Keith Hess The College of Southern Nevada

Speaker: Andrew Punkay Talbot School of Theology

Paper: Angels, Hotels, and Infinity: A Response to Morriston”

 

Session 5 Paper 3

Location: Business 207

Chair Mickey Jordan Talbot School of Theology

Speaker: Carl Sohmer Talbot School of Theology

Paper: Phenomenological Structure, Schizophrenia, and Self-Knowledge”

 

SATURDAY EVENING 

 

6:00-8:30 PM

BANQUET

 

 

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