2017: International Conference

Analytic Theology and the Nature of God:

Advancing and Challenging Classical Theism



The conference:

An exploration of different concepts of God and the divine is highly relevant to core areas of philosophical research such as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, action theory, and philosophy of language. 

The philosophical concept of God also has a strong impact on our understanding of the many theological doctrines concerning the nature and inner life of God, God’s relation to creation, God’s ultimate purposes for reality and how we understand our own existence in the cosmos.

With this international conference, the organizers aim to advance and challenge our understanding of classical theism. Its interdisciplinary nature brings together philosophers, theologians, and researchers from religious studies.

The conference will be preceded by an international summer school, hosted by Thomas Schärtl-Trendl, University of Regensburg.



Basic information:


August, 8th - 11th 2017


Exerzitienhaus Schloss Fürstenried

Forst-Kasten-Allee 103

81475 Munich

DE - Germany


Prof. Dr. Godehard Brüntrup SJ

Dr. Tobias Müller

Administrative Assistant: Niklas Ernst (office.bruentrup@hfph.de)



Possibilities for participation and attendance are limited. Please apply for participation and attendance with a short email indicating your interest to office.bruentrup@hfph.de.

There is no participation-fee.

If you want to stay at Schloss Fürstenried, costs for full-board and accommodation in (simple) single room will be ca. 340,-- € for 4 nights.

If you do not want to stay at Schloss Fürstenried, costs for full-board will be ca. 120,-- €.



Die Plätze für die Teilnahme sind beschränkt. Sie können sich mit einer formlosen Mail unter bruentrup.office@hfph.de für die Teilnahme bewerben.

Es fällt keine Teilnahmegebühr an. 

Bei vier Übernachtungen müssen Sie mit Kosten von ca. 340,– € für Einzelzimmer und Vollverpflegung rechnen.

Wenn Sie nicht im Konferenzzentrum übernachten wollen, müssen Sie mit Kosten von ca. 120,– € für Vollverpflegung rechnen.

 Further Information?

Please download the flyer.



The speakers:

John Bishop

University of Auckland

What Theological Explanation Could Be and Could not Be

Joseph Bracken SJ

Xavier University Cincinnati

The God-World Relationship: Based on Unilateral Divine Causation or Reciprocal Causation Between God and Creatures Within an Intersubjective Context?

Godehard Brüntrup SJ

Munich School of Philosophy

Why "Panentheism" Might Not Be a Useful Concept

Anna Case-Winters

McCormick Theological Seminary

Divine Presence: In What Sense Is God "With Us"?

Philip Clayton

Claremont School of Theology

Prospects for Panentheism as Research Program

Benedikt Göcke

Ruhr University Bochum

Panpsychism and Panentheism

Jonathan Jabobs

St. Louis University

More About Ineffability

John Leslie

University of Guelph

A Cosmos Existing for a Reason

Gesche Linde

University of Rostock

The World Is Not Enough: A Peircean Semiotic Approach to the Question
of the God-World-Relationship

Klaus Müller

University of Münster

True Imagination: Regarding the Mediation Between Panentheism and the Concept of God as Person

Ken Perszyk

University of Waikato

Motivating the Search for Alternatives to Personal OmniGod Theism: The Case from Classical Theism

Andrew Pinsent

Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University

An Apologia for Elvish: God, Creation, and Secondary Creation

Thomas Schärtl-Trendel

University of Regensburg

Euteleology and the Classical God of Idealism

Johannes Stoffers SJ

Munich School of Philosophy

Nicholas Cusanus's "non aliud" as Concept of God: Classical or Neo-Classical?

Giovanni Ventimiglia

University of Lucerne

Is the Thomistic Doctrine of God as "ipsum esse subsistens" Consistent?

Theodore Walker

Southern Methodist University

Advancing and Challenging Classical Theism with Biology and Bioethics: Ernest Everett Just, Jakob von Uexküll, and Alfred North Whitehead



Tentative schedule:

  August 8th August 9th August 10th August 11th
09:30-10:30 J. Bishop J. Leslie J. Bracken SJ A. Pinsent
10:30-11:00 coffee break coffee break coffee break coffee break
11:00-12:00 K. Perszyk G. Linde P. Clayton K. Müller
12:00-14:00 lunch break lunch break lunch break lunch break
14:00-15:00 G. Ventimiglia J. Jacobs T. Walker  
15:00-15:30 coffee break coffee break coffee break  
15:30-16:30 T. Schärtl-Trendel G. Brüntrup SJ
A. Case-Winters  
16:30-17:00 coffee break  conference dinner coffee break  
17:00:18:00  J. Stoffers SJ  conference dinner B. Göcke   
18:00 dinner conference dinner  dinner  






This conference has been made possible by generous grant of the