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Chicago Theological Initiative Conference

Time, Eternity, and the Covenantal Creator

The eternality of God is a core affirmation of classical theism. But what are the implications of divine eternality for the way in which we ought to conceive of divine action and how should we construe divine eternality in light of the fact that God acts in history? What does it mean to say that the eternal God creates and performs actions within a cosmic order characterized by the limits of temporal sequence? In short, is the reality of God’s covenantal activity within the world compatible with a classical account of divine eternality (such as Boethius expresses), or must the broadly traditional account be revised?

This topic bears implications for the ongoing conversation between theology and science for which conceptions of divine action are fundamental. Although the focus of this year is not limited to Christology, there will be a particular emphasis on the incarnation since in many ways it represents the paradigmatic instance of divine covenantal action in the world.

This conference is by-invitation only and is not open to the public.

Speakers Include:

1.   Marc Cortez (Wheaton)

2.  Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent (Marquette)

3.  Paul Gavrilyuk (St. Thomas)

4.  Oliver Crisp (St. Andrews)

5.  James Arcadi (Trinity)

6.  Han-luen Kantzer Komline (Western)

7.  John Behr (St. Vladimir’s)

8.  Michel Barnes (Marquette Emeritus)

9.  Francesca Aran Murphy (Notre Dame)

10.  David Fergusson (Edinburgh)

11.  Nicholas Perrin (Trinity)

12.  Ephraim Radner (Toronto)

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