The Global Philosophy of Religion Project Online Conference

Tuesday 22 June (00:09) - Thursday 24 June 2021 (17:00)
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The Existence and Nature of God and Other Deities - ONLINE EVENT


The philosophy of religion addresses the most fundamental issues concerning religious concepts, beliefs and practice. Among these topics are the existence and nature of deities, evil and suffering in the world, religious and mystical experiences, and death and the possibility of immortality. It is notable that these issues are relevant to a variety of religious traditions and geographical locations. The scale and diversity of the philosophy of religion have, however, both been limited compared with other fields of study.

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project is a major initiative that aims to make the philosophy of religion a truly global field. The project is supported by funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the Dynamic Investment Fund (DIF) at the University of Birmingham. This conference is held in collaboration with Closer To Truth, broadcast in the US on PBS TV stations and globally on Closer To Truth’s YouTube channel. The Closer To Truth creator and host, Dr Robert Lawrence Kuhn, will conduct special sessions with speakers and participants. 

The theme of the conference is The Existence and Nature of God and Other Deities. Possible topics to be addressed include what relationships exist between the deities and the universe, what we can learn about attributes of deities through reason or religious/mystical experiences, whether the deities explain the origins or current state of reality, whether belief in such supernatural existence is compatible with science, and how morality or well-being is linked to belief in them.


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Keynote speakers and panel discussions

Closer To Truth Keynote Interviews: 

  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr (University Professor, George Washington University)
  • Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Distinguished Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University)
  • Hamza Yusuf (President, Zaytuna College)
  • Victoria Harrison (Professor of Philosophy, University of Macau)
  • V. V. Raman (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Aaron Segal (Michael and Bella Guggenheim Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 

Closer To Truth Panel Discussions 

  • Panel I: Traits of God and Other Deities: Imran Aijaz (Islam), Joshua Golding (Judaism), Swami Medhananda (Hinduism), Ryan Mullins (Christianity)
  • Panel II: The Existence of God and Other Deities: Jessica Frazier (Hinduism), , Sam Lebens (Judaism), Motsamai Molefe (African Religion), Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Islam)
  • Panel III: Metaphysics and Religion: Tyron Goldschmidt (Judaism), Travis Dumsday (Christianity), Ravi Gomatam (Indian traditions and physics), Mohammad Saleh Zarepour (Islam) 

Official language: English


Organising institution: Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham  

Sponsors: The John Templeton Foundation 

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