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Speaking (Or Not Speaking) Of God - An Interdisciplinary Conference

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An Interdisciplinary Conference On The Dialectic Of Divine Presence And Absence

When: October 6-7, 2017

Where: University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Sponsors: Department of Religious Studies, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory

Contact: editor.jcrt@gmail.com

Since the philosopher Nietzsche announced the “death of God” over a century ago, the specter of divine absence has hovered over Western civilization.

The importance of this theme has not been limited to atheists. Since at least the 1960s, the “death of God” movement has captivated the imagination of theologians and philosophers alike, and as a result has been an ongoing – and contentious – issue for the public as a whole. The box office success in recent years of such Christian films as “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2”), which to date have grossed around $80 million, attest to a profound, popular interest in Nietzsche’s famous saying, even if it has become a focus of the culture wars.

Whether God is dead or absent, however, the question of whether the divine continues to manifest in some way – as a “still small voice” or as felt presence – is a question that preoccupies religious believers and philosophers and theorists of religion alike. Theologian John D. Caputo contends, for example, that God may not exist, but still “insists” in certain mysterious ways. A long spiritual tradition running back to the early Middle Ages known as “negative theology” holds that even if the divine itself is beyond human reach, one can still ”speak” of God – paradoxically – by “not-speaking.” Likewise, God can also “speak” in the same way.

The conference will address a number of questions from an interdisciplinary perspective concerning the relationship between the presence/absence and the voice/silence of God. For instance: What does it imply (theologically, linguistically, existentially, psychologically, etc.) to invoke the expression “God speaks”? If God is dead, does God still “speak from the dead” in some extended sense of the word, and what does that in itself say about God? What does it mean to talk about divine “presence” and “absence”, or about God “speaking” or “remaining silent”? Are we simply utilizing metaphors when we talk about the “voice of God”, or does such a locution have more palpable as well as empirical ramifications?

The conference is designed not just exclusively for academics, but also extends an invitation to religious professionals. A specific conference program will be available after August 20.

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Faculty, independent scholars, clergy, and professionals. Before Sept. 15, $110. After Sept. 15, $130.

Students. Before Sept. 15, $60. After Sept. 15, $80.

University of Denver faculty and students, including alumni, receive a 50% discount. This discount does NOT include presenters.

Lodging during conference. Conference attendees are eligible for special rates at select hotels. To obtain your discount indicate that you are a University of Denver conference guest when making your reservation. For a list of discounted hotels, go the following URL on the University of Denver website: http://www.du.edu/communityvisitors/visitors/hotels.html. The only hotel that is within walking distance of the university is the La Quinta Inn Cherry Creek: http://www.laquintadenvercherrycreek.com/?cid=local_518. The La Quinta Inn, however, is not discounted.

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