William L. Rowe Memorial Conference

July 25, 2016 - July 27, 2016
Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette 47907
United States


Paul Draper
Bertha Manninen
Jack Mulder
Kevin Sharpe

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We are pleased to announce the “William L. Rowe Memorial Conference” to be held July 26 – July 27, 2016, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  The conference will celebrate the life and career of William Rowe, a long time professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and one of the preeminent philosophers of religion in the past century. 

The speakers will be:

·      Michael Bergmann

·      Kevin Corcoran

·      Scott Davison

·      Evan Fales

·      William Hasker

·      Jeff Jordan

·      Timothy O’Connor

·      Bruce Russell

·      John Schellenberg

·      Beth Seacord

·      Eleonore Stump

·      William Wainwright

·      Erik Wielenberg

·      Stephen Wykstra

The conference will begin at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 26, and end at 5pm on Wednesday, July 27. A banquet in honor and remembrance of Professor Rowe will be held on the 26th.

Hotel information and registration is at: www.conf.purdue.edu/rowe

The conference is being organized by Paul Draper (Purdue University), Bertha Alvarez Manninen (Arizona State University, West Campus), Jack Mulder (Hope College), and Kevin Sharpe (St. Cloud State University) and is sponsored by Purdue University (Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, and Religious Studies), The Society of Christian Philosophers, and The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

The conference schedule can be found below:

Tuesday, July 26

noon-3:00: Registration

1:00-1:10: “Opening Remarks”

Bertha Alvarez Manninen, Arizona State University, West Campus

1:10-2:35: “Rowe, Tillich, and Religious Symbols”

Presenter: William J. Wainwright, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Commentator: William Hasker, Huntington University

Chair: George I. Mavrodes, University of Michigan

2:50-4:15: “The Atonement and the Problem of Shame”

Presenter: Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University

Commentator: Evan Fales, University of Iowa

Chair: Bernardo Cantens, Moravian College

4:30-5:55: “On the Possibility of Phenomenologically Theistic Experience and the Maintenance (or Loss) of Religious Belief”

Presenter: Kevin J. Corcoran, Calvin College

Commentator: Timothy O’Connor, Indiana University

Chair: Jeanine Diller, University of Toledo

7:00-9:00: Banquet, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118

Wednesday, July 27th

8:00-9:00: Vegan Breakfast

9:00-10:25: “The Religiously Sensitive Atheist”

Presenter: J. L. Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University

Commentator: Beth Seacord, College of Southern Nevada

Chair: Louis Mancha, Ashland University

10:35-12:00: “Bill Rowe: Remembering the Man; Continuing the Conversation”

Presenter: Stephen J. Wykstra, Calvin College

Commentator: Bruce Russell, Wayne State University

Chair: Martin Curd, Purdue University

2:00-3:25: “Rowe’s Evidential Argument and the Demise of Skeptical Theism”

Presenter: Erik J. Wielenberg, DePauw University

Commentator: Michael Bergmann, Purdue University

Chair: Andrew T. Brei, St. Mary’s University

3:35-5:00: “The ‘Loving Parent’ Analogy”

Presenter: Jeffrey J. Jordan, University of Delaware

Commentator: Scott A. Davison, Morehead State University

Chair: James Sterba, University of Notre Dame

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