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Call for Seminary Participants


We invite applications from full-time instructors at religious seminaries (of any denomination) for two funded participant slots in a three-day workshop on the classical conception of God. This conception includes the claims that God is immutable, impassible, wholly simple, and atemporally eternal. Among the questions that the workshop will investigate are:

  • Can a being that knows and wills also be metaphysically simple?
  • Can God interact with human beings if God is unchanging and atemporal?
  • Is the existence of evil in the world compatible with God’s omnibenevolence?
  • Is human freedom compatible with God’s omniscience?

Selected seminary instructor participants have the option to present a paper at the workshop, but are not required to in order to receive funding.

Workshop dates: Thursday July 21st through July 23rd, 2016

Workshop Location: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Confirmed Participants in the 2015 Workshop Include:
Jeffrey Brower (Purdue University)
Bonnie Kent (University of California-Irvine)
Alexander Pruss (Baylor University)
Katherin Rogers (University of Delaware)
Alan Torrance (University of St. Andrews)
Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

Application Deadline and Instructions: A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter that explains your interest in the workshop and (2) a current CV. Those interested in presenting a paper should also include an abstract of the proposed paper that is no longer than 750 words. Please email all of these materials as a single PDF, named “lastname, firstname – Seminary” (e.g., Pawl, Tim – Seminary) to by January 8th, 2016.  Please include in the body of your email your name, professional status (e.g., graduate student; assistant professor), departmental affiliation, and school (e.g., Gloria Frost, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas).  Final decisions will be announced by March 1st, 2016.

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of (a) their interest in the workshop and (b) their potential to disseminate ideas and methodology discussed at the workshop in the seminary classroom. The referees will be the two project co-organizers and two distinguished theologians from the University of St. Thomas Department of Theology.

Additional Details: Participants will receive $1,500.00 (total) for both travel costs and a stipend. Lodging and meal expenses during the workshop will be covered by the grant.

The papers for the workshop will be pre-read by all participants and each talk will begin with a ten-minute response from a commentator. The author will then be given an opportunity to respond briefly to the comments, followed by a seventy-five-minute discussion period involving all participants.

Please email any questions to