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2021 EPS Sessions at the AAR/SBL Meeting

Come participate in these EPS sessions at the annual AAR/SBL conference, November 19-21, San Antonio, Texas. 

Preview the Online Program Book via the AAR website.

Important Registration Information: This session is part of a series of other EPS sessions happening at the 2021 AAR/SBL conference in San Antonio, Texas (Hotels). All presenters/panelists and attendees must register via the AAR website. You do not have to be a member of AAR/SBL in order to register:

  • Current EPS members (sign-up/renew) can directly register at the discounted Affiliate/RSO rate if not an AAR/SBL member. 
  • Click the appropriate “Registration” page and proceed with the prompts. 
  • AAR does not offer a ‘per session’ rate or registration. Registration includes all AAR/SBL sessions.
  • Once registered via the AAR website, please proceed to sign-up for sessions via AAR/SBL’s schedule builder.
If you have questions about registration for the AAR/SBL conference, please contact reg@aarweb.org. For questions about EPS sessions at AAR/SBL, please send via our contact form.
 

Theme: The Philosophical Qoheleth: Two visions of Ecclesiastes and its centrality in Philosophy of Religion

Friday, November 19th, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM (In Person).

Venue and room: Grand Hyatt, Bowie C. 

David Mau, Colorado Christian University, Presiding

Ecclesiastes has always presented itself as an enigmatic book in the Hebrew Bible. In what Catholic scholar Peter Kreeft called “the greatest of all books of philosophy,” it seems to lend itself to varied interpretations and possibilities. What lasting impact has Qoheleth had in developing scriptural anthropology and an understanding of God? In what ways does Ecclesiastes anticipate and answer the conditions of modernity in alienation, confusion, estrangement, and anomie? How are we to read and interpret its central theme? The Panel seeks to answer these questions and engage the audience in two rich philosophical understandings of the book.

Moderator: David Mau, Colorado Christian University

Panelists:
  • Doug Groothuis, Denver Seminary
  • Knut Heim, Denver Seminary


Theme: Job: A Philosophical Commentary, by Owen Anderson
 
Friday, November 19th, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM (In Person) 
 
Venue and room: Grand Hyatt, Bowie C.
 
Owen Anderson, Presiding

Owen Anderson's new book Job: A Philosophical Commentary looks at Job as the first philosopher who confronts the first question of philosophy. This is the problem of meaning. As Job struggles to make sense of the world and his belief in God, his own integrity is challenged. Each of the philosophers included on this panel have done work on the problem of evil and suffering and will bring their own useful perspectives to this discussion. The questions will include: in what way does Job anticipate later articulations of the problem of evil? What are the various solutions found in the book and how can Christians benefit from a reading of Job? What is the role of natural theology in Job?

Moderator: Owen Anderson, Arizona State University

Panelists:
  • Doug Groothuis, Denver Seminary
  • Dan Bonevac, UT Austin
  • Michael Plato Colorado Christian University

Theme: Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament, by Thomas McCall

Saturday, November 20th, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (In Person) 

Venue and room: Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 12.

Kevin Wong, Presiding

A recent contribution to the Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology, Thomas McCall’s Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament (OUP: 2021) addresses concerns with analytic theology’s being a niche movement. First, he brings recent developments in New Testament scholarship, particularly Pauline studies, and recent developments in analytic philosophy into conversation. Second, he philosophically and exegetically analyzes trends in contemporary Christology. For both of these goals, McCall draws upon traditional theological insights that are often overlooked or misunderstood. With this book, McCall advances analytic theology toward a more integrative mode. The panelists represent distinct disciplines, bringing unique perspectives to McCall’s book.

Moderator: Kevin Wong.

  • Thomas McCall, Asbury Theological Seminary.
  • Amy Peeler, Wheaton College.
  • Stephen Davis, Claremont McKenna College.
  • John Peckham, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
  • Response by McCall.
  • Q/A between panelists and audience.

Theme: Love Divine: A Systematic Account of Gods Love for Humanity, by Jordan Wessling

Saturday, November 20th, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM (In Person).

Venue and room: Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 12.

Kevin Wong, Presiding 

A recent contribution to the Oxford Studies in Analytic Theology, Jordan Wessling’s Love Divine: A Systematic Account of God’s Love for Humanity (OUP: 2020) analyzes a divine attribute that has not received as much scholarly interest as other divine attributes: God’s love. Wessling draws from contemporary theology and philosophy yet remains grounded in Christian tradition. Further, his analysis of divine love interfaces with a wide array of other doctrines that are of theological and philosophical interest, such as the atonement, divine simplicity, and divine passibility. Further, he theorizes new models that challenge long-held Christian commitments, such as limited atonement. The scholars who have committed to participating on the panel represent distinct and unique perspectives to Wessling’s book, from a Barthian systematic theologian to an analytic philosopher to an analytic theologian.

Panelists

  • Jordan Wessling, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Adam Johnson, Biola University
  • Keith Hess, College of Southern Nevada
  • R. T. Mullins.

Responding: Jordan Wessling, Lindsey Wilson College


Theme: Panel discussion of God, Morality, and Beauty: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Problem of Evil, by Randall Bush

Sunday, November 21st, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (In Person) 
 
Venue and room: Hyatt Regency, Medina.
 
The book being discussed entails a wide-ranging investigation that assesses various approaches to philosophical methodology, ethics, aesthetics, psychology, sociology, literature, hermeneutical philosophy, narrative theology, the problem of evil, and Christian theology. The author argues that a Trinitarian vision offers the most satisfactory, far-reaching rationale for addressing proximate and ultimate questions pertaining to the philosophy of value. Panel participants will present papers evaluating selected topics covered in the book.
  • Jonathan King, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia.
    Intersections between Ethics and Aesthetics in God, Morality, and Beauty: Contributions of the Lutheran Tradition
  • Philip Tallon, Houston Baptist University.
    Morality, Beauty, and the Problem of Evil
  • Timothy Yoder, Dallas Theological Seminary.
    The Trinity as an Interpretive Lens in God, Morality, and Beauty: An Assessment
Responding: Randall Bush, Union University.
 

Theme: The Films of Paul Schrader
 
Sunday, November 21st, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM (In Person).
 
Venue and room: Hyatt Regency, Medina. 
 
Throughout his career writer/director Paul Schrader has created some of the most theologically and philosophically rich films in American cinema. This panel will explore his work with an eye to articulating Schrader’s views on Christian community, authenticity and faith, hope and despair, and fallenness.
 
Panelists:
  • Phil Tallon, Houston Baptist University
  • Jeff Green, Houston Baptist University
  • Bearden Coleman, Houston Baptist University

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