AAR – TWW Panels 2019

REVISED 3/5/19

topics for Theology Without Walls Panels

2019 AAR Annual Meeting • San Diego, California • November 23–26

 

Please let Jerry Martin know if you are interested in participating in one of these panels.

Panel One:  Theology Without Walls versus Deep Religious Commitment? 

Our religious lives have existential grip.  We commit ourselves fully to them.  That seems to be essential to their being transformative.  TWW seems to lack existential grip.  It may even appear to be incompatible with having religious commitments.  It may appear to require a tabula rasa and a “view from nowhere.”  How can an intense commitment to a single vision relate to a theological project that is more encompassing?

 

Panel Two:  Does the Heavenly City Have Gates?  Eschatology Without Walls

While John Hick is usually identified with a Kantian conviction that takes religions to be phenomenal representations of an unknowable Reality, his book, Death and Eternal Life, may provide a better model for TWW.  There he present relevant evidence about whether we survive death and, if so, what sort of self survives.  He draws insights and arguments, not only from the religions, but also from the sciences, philosophy, parapsychology, and the humanist perspective.  Panelists are asked to address the question:  What speculations on death and the afterlife do you find most persuasive?  What kinds of evidence and argument do you find most compelling?

Thanks to all who lend their talents to this important effort!

Either post on this website or email Jerry directly at jerry.martin@verizon.net.

 

Jerry L. Martin, Ph.D., D.H.L., former Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities; Chair, Theology Without Walls project, American Academy of Religion; author, God: An Autobiography, as Told to a Philosopher (Caladium 2016); jerry.martin@verizon.net

 


topics for Theology Without Walls Panels

2019 AAR Annual Meeting • San Diego, California • November 23–26

 

Please let Jerry Martin know if you are interested in participating in one of these panels.

Panel One:  Theology Without Walls versus Deep Religious Commitment? 

Our religious lives have existential grip.  We commit ourselves fully to them.  That seems to be essential to their being transformative.  TWW seems to lack existential grip.  It may even appear to be incompatible with having religious commitments.  It may appear to require a tabula rasa and a “view from nowhere.”  How can an intense commitment to a single vision relate to a theological project that is more encompassing?

 

Panel Two:  Does the Heavenly City Have Gates?  Eschatology Without Walls

On the topic of the Afterlife, John Hick’s last book, Death and Eternal Life does not take all religions to phenomenal representations of a Reality that cannot be known.  He believes that there is relevant evidence, not only from the religions, but also the sciences, philosophy, parapsychology, and the humanist perspective.  There are debatable questions, such as what kind of self and what kind of relation to the eternal and he argues them out.  Panelists are asked to address the question:  What speculations on death and the afterlife do you find most persuasive?  What kinds of evidence and argument most compelling?

Thanks to all who lend their talents to this important effort!

Either post on this website or email Jerry directly at jerry.martin@verizon.net.

 

Jerry L. Martin, Ph.D., D.H.L., former Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities; Chair, Theology Without Walls project, American Academy of Religion; author, God: An Autobiography, as Told to a Philosopher (Caladium 2016); jerry.martin@verizon.net

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