“Creation and Culturehood: The Doctrine of Creation in the Patristic Tradition”
Princeton University & Princeton Theological Seminary: Now in its fourth year, the “Florovsky Symposium” is known for combining churchly piety with high-level scholarly inquiry. It attracts a large and diverse cohort of established scholars, clergy, graduate students, seminarians, and Christian believers from around the country and the world.
The purpose of this year’s symposium is to re-consider the various theological questions raised by the doctrine of creation ex nihilo in the Church Fathers (Greek, Latin, and Oriental), while simultaneously taking into account related controversies and developments in 20th century Christian theology. We will examine such issues as the God-world relationship, divine and human freedom, sophiology, contingency, nature and will, analogia entis, and the divine ideas or “volitional thoughts” concerning creation. The symposium seeks a direct and sustained engagement with the metaphysical issues themselves on dogmatic, philosophical, and historical-textual grounds. The goal is at once to re-consider the systematic debates with an eye to patristic precedents, and to re-examine the most important patristic sources with modern questions in mind.
The symposium is organized by the Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society at Princeton University and the department of Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary.
The call for papers is here.