2017 Conference

2017 Meeting of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology

“Liturgy, the Arts, and Religious Experience”

March 23-24, 2017

Furman University
Greenville, SC



Keynote Speakers:

FarleyWendy Farley
San Francisco Theological Seminary

Books include:
The Thirst of God: Contemplating God’s Love with Three Women Mystics
Gathering Those Driven Away: a Theology of Incarnation


Bruce Ellis BensonBruce
Loyola Marymount University

Books include:
Liturgy as a Way of Life
Pious Nietzsche
The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue


In recent years, philosophy of religion has begun to focus more intentionally on the role of embodied existence as key to religious practice and identity. Philosophers and theologians ranging from Jean-Yves Lacoste to Nicholas Wolterstorff have recognized the importance of moving beyond the “cognitivist” dimensions of religion in order to think more carefully about the ways in which what is traditionally called “religion” occurs in the context of lived faith, community involvement, worship, and affective prayer. In this way, the practice of liturgy, aesthetic presentation, and embodied experience are all in various ways interrelated and essential to the ways that we need to think about religion as an historical and social fact, but also as an existential and phenomenological possibility.

Registration for the Conference is $85 and this price includes the registration fee, a keynote reception on Thursday, the conference banquet on Friday, breakfast on Friday, coffee and tea throughout the day, and shuttles to and from the hotel to campus.

The program and schedule can be found here.

Information on lodging and transportation is available here.

If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organizer, J. Aaron Simmons at: aaron.simmons@furman.edu or 864-294-3526