Creation Out of Nothing: Origins and Contemporary Significance
Sunday, July 5 - Wednesday, July 8, 2015
McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame
A conference of scholars trained in Biblical studies, the history of early Christian thought, Jewish studies and those with contemporary philosophical and scientific interests who seek to understand more fully what the doctrine of “creation out of nothing” might mean in a modern context. The background to the problem is simply stated: Biblical, early Christian, Jewish and contemporary theologians all answer to very different constituencies and as a result rarely intersect in terms of their constructive proposals for how a religious tradition might think about a particularly pressing problem. In this case the matter is all the more complicated in that many presume that the Biblical studies have long shown, on clear philological grounds, that the doctrine of creation out of nothing cannot be founded on the Bible.
REGISTER HERE - the colloquium is free and open to the public but requires a reservation
SCHEDULE COMING SOON
Khaled Anatolios| Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Gary Anderson | Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame
Markus Bockmuehl | Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture | University of Oxford
John Cavadini | Professor of Theology & Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame
Richard J. Clifford, S.J. | Visiting Professor of Old Testament, Boston College
Daniel Davies | Research Associate, Institute of Jewish Philosophy and Religion, University of Hamburg
Andrew Davison | Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
Mark Elliott | Reader in Church History, University of St. Andrews
Yonghua Ge | Post-doctorate Researcher, University of Cambridge
Robert Gimello | Research Professor of Theology and of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Notre Dame
David Bentley Hart | Danforth Visiting Professor of Theology Studies, Saint Louis University
Adam Hincks | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia (in absentia)
Ruth Jackson | Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge
Nathan MacDonald | Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of Cambridge
Sean McDonough | Professor of New Testament, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Alan Mittleman | Professor of Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Tzvi Novick | Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture, University of Notre Dame
Karin Oberg | Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University
Cyril O'Reagan | Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Diane Phillips | Independent Scholar, South Bend, IN
Andrew Pinsent | Research Director, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford
Janet Soskice | Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge
Greg Sterling | The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School
Joseph Wawrykow | Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Most conference events will be held in the Notre Dame Conference Center - McKenna Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. The campus is about a ten minute ride from the South Bend Regional Airport, and taxis are generally waiting outside the airport to transport passengers.
A campus map is available at: http://map.nd.edu/ . Public parking is available near McKenna in either the Visitors' Lot or at the Notre Dame Bookstore.
Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging for the conference.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference at the Morris Inn (574.631.2000) which is immediately across the street from the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall), at a discounted rate. Rooms are available for the nights of Sunday July 5, Monday July 6, Tuesday July 7, and Wednesday July 9. Please make sure to let the booking agent know that you should get the conference discount when reserving your room.
Other local hotels near the University include (but are not limited to):
· Staybridge Suites (slightly farther from campus, but brand-new suites at a reasonable price; 7-10 mins from ND)
· Please see here for places to eat on campus.
· For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 574.631.9195