Special Divine Action, 2014 IRC Conference, Oxford, 13-16 July

 

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SUMMARY OF TIMETABLE

Sunday 13 July 2014

2:00pm Registration

4:00pm Introduction and welcome

4:30pm Opening presentations, Andrew Pinsent, “Introduction to the Special Divine Action project”

Timothy McGrew, “Special Divine Action: The State of the Art and the Uses of History”

6:00pm Reception

6:30pm Dinner

8:00pm Graham Twelftree, “The Historian and the Miraculous”

 

Monday 14 July 2014

9:00am  Alister McGrath, “Understanding Cultural and Theological Resistance to Special Divine Action”

10:30am Coffee break

11:00am Lenn Goodman, “To Make a Rainbow – God’s Work in Nature”

12:30pm Free time

1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Short papers

4:00pm Coffee break

4:30pm Craig Keener, “Miracle Reports in the Gospels and Today”

6:00pm Free time

6:30pm Dinner

 

Tuesday 15 July 2014

9:00am Peter Harrison, “Natural Causes, Divine Action, and Scientific Explanation”

10:30am Coffee break

11:00am Richard Swinburne, “The Probability of the Resurrection of Jesus”

12:30pm Free time

1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Short papers

4:00pm Coffee break

4:30pm Robert Russell, “Does ‘the God Who Acts’ Really Act? A Theory of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action (NIODA) in Light of Contemporary Science”

6:00pm Free time

6:30pm Dinner

8:00pm Colin McGinn, “Mysterianism and the Mind of God”

 

Wednesday 16 July 2014

9:00am Roger Scruton, “What is it for a Prayer to be Answered?” and Raymond Tallis, "The Strange Idea that What Happens Has to be Made to Happen" 

10:30am Coffee break

11:00am Susan Eastman, “Second-Personal Knowledge of Divine Action: A View from the Apostle Paul”

12:30pm Free time

1:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Short papers

4:00pm Coffee break

4:30pm Final Panel Discussion

6:00pm Free time

6:30pm Reception

7:00pm Final Dinner

 

Thursday 17 July 2014 (bonus event)

9:00am – 12:30pm. Workshop on the Resurrection, to include contributions from Richard Swinburne and Timothy McGrew, organised by Calum Miller and John DePoe. For further information and to register, please contact Calum Miller.

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BACKGROUND

Is there special divine action in the world, beyond the purported effects of a divine first cause? Beliefs about particular kinds of special divine action (such as incarnation, inspirations, grace, miracles, providence, and resurrection) have had an incalculable impact on civilisation, being central themes and inspirations for art, ethics, music, literature, philosophy, social institutions, theology, the perception of nature, and what human beings can and should hope for.

If there is special divine action, however, what is such action like and how would we know? Are there particular ways of thinking about the world that make such actions probable, possible or impossible? How does contemporary research in philosophy, theology, and science bear on these questions? What tools of scholarship can and should be used? Are there advantages and disadvantages, from the point of view of knowledge and human flourishing, of taking a stance for or against the possibility of special divine action? Might there be advantages and disadvantages to various modes of special divine action from a divine perspective?

This conference aims to address these questions anew from a wide range of perspectives, especially in the light of recent developments in science, philosophy and theology. Besides plenary speakers and panel discussions, thirty-six short papers will be presented. The conference begins at 4pm on Sunday 13 July (registration from 2pm) at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and finishes with dinner on Wednesday 16 July, with final departures after breakfast on 17 July.


Short papers accepted (all 2:00pm to 4:00pm)

Monday 14 July 2014

Session A

Timothy Chappell, An Essay on Actions and Events; Including Divine Ones

Keneth Kemp, The Tragic Fate of Dembski’s Explanatory Filter

Daniel von Wachter, The Error that Motivates the Rejection of Divine Interventions

Thomas Jay Oord, Typologies of Divine Action

Session B

Rope Kojonen, God of the Gaps: A Review of Recent Discussion and a Proposal

Bethany Sollereder, Divine Action and the Incarnation: God as One Agent amongst Others

Ignacio Silva, A Cause among Causes? God Acting in the Created World

Nicholas Saunders, Divine Action in a Dappled Reality

Session C

Fintan Lyons OSB, A Patristic Perspective on Special Divine Action

Sebastian Mateiescu, Divine Action according to Saint Maximus the Confessor

Michael Miller, God’s Action, Evolution and the Creation of the Human Soul

Jason Poettcker, Defending Purpose Theory of Meaning in Life

 

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Session A

Joel Archer, Against Miracles as Law-Violations: A Neo-Aristotelian Approach

David Kyle Johnson, Justified Belief in Miracles is Impossible

Robert Larmer, Special Divine Acts: Three Pseudo-Problems and One Red Herring

Thomas E. Hosinski, Special Divine Action: Hidden and Restrained

Session B

High Henry - Daniel J. Dyke, Hypernaturalism: Bringing the Bible and Science Together

Chris Friel, Grace and Motion

Arlyn Culwick, A Causal Mechanism for Divine Action

Ben Page, Powers, Laws and Concurrentism

Session C

Palmyre Oomen, No Difference between ‘Special’ and ‘General’ in Whitehead’s View on Divine Action

Wai Han Kung, Arthur Peacocke’s Theory on Divine Action and Christian-Confucian Dialogue

Giovanni Pistone, Creation from the End: Mathematical Analogies

Keith E. D. Buhler, On the Causal Closure Premise: An Interesting Falsehood, A Useful Assumption, or a Sampling Error

 

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Session A

Mustapha Kara-Ali, Islamic Theology, Divine Voluntarism, and the Constructivist Quest for Knowledge

Andrea Sangiacomo, Pierre-Sylvain Régis on Secondary Causation: Between Concurrentism And Occasionalism

Diana Stanciu, Gregersen’s ‘Special Divine Action and the Quilt of Laws’ Revisited: Seventeenth Century Debates and their Contemporary Relevance

Ralph Weir, Divine Mind, Material World: the Problem of Mind-Body Interaction Applied to Special Divine Action

Session B

Frederik Moreira dos Santos, Does Special Divine Action Undermine the Feasibility of the Natural Sciences?

Gary Keogh, The Necessity of Novelty: A Theological Critique of Special Divine Action

J. Patrick Woolley, Schrödinger’s Conversations with Einstein & Lorentz: Considering “Transcendence” in the Context of the Natural Sciences

Douglas McGaughey, Divine Intervention: Undeniable, but what Difference, Does It Make?

Session C

Ivan Colagè and Paolo D’Ambrosio, A New Perspective on Brain-Culture Interaction: Written Language and Its Implications for the SDA Debate

Joel Hubick, Our Openness to Religious Phenomena: Thinking in Questions as a Way to Understand Possibility

Jeffrey C. Pugh, “Come All Without, Come All Within”: Divine Causality from the Inside Out

Cheng-chih Tsai, Dummett’s Prayer and Divine Action

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This conference is part of the Special Divine Action Project

Additional Information

Date 13-16 July 2014
Time 14:00
Speakers 2014 IRC Conference Speakers
Place St Anne's College, Oxford

Special Divine Action, 2014 IRC Conference, Oxford, 13-16 July