God, Problem of Evil and Death in African Religious Philosophy

October 14, 2021 - October 15, 2021
Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa, University of Fort Hare

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South Africa

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  • John Templeton Fund
  • Global Philosophy of Religion Project


University of Witwatersrand

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We are pleased to invite you to the “Workshop: God, Problem of Evil and Death in African Religious Philosophy” scheduled to hold (tentatively) on the 14th and 15th of October 2021. The Workshop will be conducted online (on ZOOM). This Workshop is part of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project. It is funded by the John Templeton Foundation in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, and it is hosted by the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa (CLEA), University of Fort Hare.

The workshop deliberations will be directed towards (but not limited to) the following questions: What are the African conceptions of God(s)? Which one(s), if any, is defensible? Should African philosophy pursue arguments in favour of God's existence in a fashion different from what obtains in Western philosophy of religion? If we assert that God is omnipotent or that he is limited, how is he related to the world and what is the status of evil?Does or should death play a role in African conceptions of meaningfulness and/or meaninglessness of life? What is the metaphysical and moral relevance of ancestors/living dead and/or ancestor reverence in African philosophy of religion? What is the place of reincarnation in African philosophy of religion? How is the problem of evil addressed in African philosophy of religion, what are the debates? What might African approaches to God, death and the problem of evil have to teach those in, say, the Asian or Western traditions, and vice versa? Etc.

For the ZOOM Link, PDF Flyer and/or other enquiries, Please contact:

Dr Aribiah Attoe ([email protected])

Dr Ada Agada ([email protected]) - Principal Investigator

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