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Evangelical Philosophical Society Theme: Apatheism

November 18, 2018
Hilton City Center
Denver, CO

Sunday - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Hilton City Center-Mattie Silks (Lower Level 1)

Apatheism, a portmanteau of apathy and theism, is an attitude of apathy toward philosophical questions relating to the existence of God. In recent years, it has been touted by philosophers as a defensibly plausible alternative to religious belief that offers a practical solution to extreme religious zealotry and tyranny. Very little has been written by way of response from Christian theists despite the obvious implications of apatheism for religious belief. Among the questions yet to be answered are:

  • What is the relationship between apatheism as a belief and theological indifference as its result?
  • Is it possible to adopt an apatheistic attitude while self-identifying as religious?
  • How ought Christian theism approach apatheism?

This session will serve to begin an evangelical conversation on apatheism by presenting its definition in relation to theological acedia, considering a potential defense of Christian apatheism, and exploring Christian responses to apatheism.


  • Kyle Beshears, University of Mobile: Defining Apatheism in Relation to Theological Acedia
  • Randal Rauser, Taylor Seminary: In the Back Pew: A Defense of Christian Apatheism
  • Tawa Anderson, Oklahoma Baptist University: Pascalian Prudence, Virtue, and the Necessity of Apatheism
  • Paul Gould, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: On the Possibility of Re-Enchantment

This session is part of various EPS sessions at the 2018 AAR/SBL meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Type of event: Conferences of Interest

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