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2014 Jellema Lectures
March 19-20, 2014

Dr. Timothy O'Connor

Indiana University

  • Communities of Reasoned Inquiry
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
    Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
  • The Christian Community of Faith
    Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
    Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

About the Lecturer:

Timothy O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. He received the Ph.D. in philosophy in 1992 from Cornell University. He has held year-long research fellowships at the Universities of Notre Dame and St. Andrews and is currently a visiting research fellow at Oriel College, Oxford.
Dr. O'Connor is a specialist in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He has written extensively on philosophical questions concerning human free will, the topic of his first book, Persons and Causes. In the last several years, he has become especially interested in considering the emerging sciences of brain and behavior and the question of whether and how they pose challenges to ordinary notions of freedom and moral responsibility. He is also interested in exploring God's causal relation to the universe and the relationship of theistic and scientific explanations, a topic that is discussed in his 2008 book Theism and Ultimate Explanation. He is now writing a book to be titled Thinking About Faith: Philosophy, Science, and Christian Belief.

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The Stob Lectures

The Stob Lectures are sponsored annually by Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in honor of Dr. Henry J. Stob. Their subject matter is related to the fields of ethics, apologetics, and philosophical theology. The Stob Lectures are funded by the Henry J. Stob Endowment and are administered by a committee including the presidents of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

2014 Lectures

Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School

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"Sublimating Transcendence"

November 20

"Reactivating Transcendence"


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