Classical Theism

Christian, Jews, and Muslims have historically maintained that there is one divine being who is the source of all reality and has the attributes of simplicity, immutability, impassibility, omnipotence, omniscience, eternality, and omnibenevolence. Yet, many contemporary thinkers in these religious traditions reject that these attributes aptly characterize the divine. The aim of our project is to investigate the cogency of the classical conception of God. The activities of our project are:

  1. Two workshops at the University of St. Thomas to bring together leading philosophers and theologians, promising junior scholars and seminary instructors to further research on the perennial conception of God.
  2. Two summer stipend competitions to support high quality academic research on the perennial conception of the divine.
  3. Publishing incentive awards to motivate project participants to publish articles in high quality academic journals.
  4. Two public lectures at the University of St. Thomas, aimed particularly at seminary students, to highlight the value of the philosophical method for investigating the perennial conception of God.

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation with additional support from The University of St. Thomas, the UST College of Arts and Sciences, and the UST Philosophy Department.