Love, Religion, and God

August 31, 2023 - September 2, 2023
The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion

Lady Margaret Hall
Oxford OX2 6QA
United Kingdom


University of Virginia
University of Roehampton
University of St. Andrews


University of Roehampton
University of Leeds
University of York

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Keynote Speakers:

Fiona Ellis (University of Roehampton)

Talbot Brewer (University of Virginia)

Judith Wolfe (University of St Andrews)

Paul Fiddes (University of Oxford)

The question of the relation between love, religion, and God is a central concern for both atheists and theists; and philosophers, theologians, and scientists have drawn interesting and sometimes conflicting conclusions about the nature of this relation and of the things related in this context. Can love be understood in the absence of God? Is love one thing or many things? And what is the relation between love and desire, or love and redemption? How are we to assess Nietzsche’s critique of Christian love? What is the role and value of love in non-theistic religious traditions? And in what sense, if any, should we accept that love is deeply mysterious?

These questions are attracting attention in recent scholarship, and the conference organisers are keen to examine the relevant issues from the vantage point of philosophy of religion as broadly conceived.

A full conference programme, including short paper abstracts, can be found here:

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August 13, 2023, 11:45pm BST

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