HEAT2018 Schedule


9.15 Welcome

Session 1: William Abraham (SMU), On God as an Agent

10.30 break

10.45 Session 2 David Worsley (York), Knowing the unknowable (personally):

Divine ineffability and the beatific vision revisited

11.30 Lunch

13.15 Session 3, Olli-Pekka Vainio (Helsinki), Why faith does not preclude doubt

14.15 break

14.30 Session 4 Calum Miller (Oxford), Probabilistic reasoning for religious knowledge

15.30 Tour at University Libraries and the Cathedrals


9.15 Session 5: Victoria Harrison (Macau), How can we come to know theological truths?

10.30 break

10.45 Session 6 Tony Bolos (Virginia Commonwealth University) and James Collin (Edinburgh), Understanding and action-oriented theological epistemology

11.30 Lunch

13.15 Session 7, student papers, Ilmari Hirvonen (Helsinki), The Grandson of Great Pumpkin: The problem of arbitrariness in Alvin Plantinga’s apologetic programme; Oskari Juurikkala (Rome), Theoria between rationality and vision: Lessons for theological epistemology from the Patristic doctrine of contemplation; Jonathan Fugua (Purdue), How God can save philosophy

14.15 break

14.30 Session 8, Stephen Duby (Grand Canyon University), “To whom will you compare me?”  Retrieving a doctrine of analogy Today

15.30 Break

18.00 Conference dinner for the speakers

Call for Papers

Investigating Theological Epistemologies
Helsinki Analytic Theology Workshop 2018, 22-23 February

Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
Faculty Room, Vuorikatu 3

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. William Abraham (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA) and Prof. Victoria Harrison (University of Macau, Macau, China).

Call for Papers

In addition to the two keynotes, the workshop will have approx. five one hour slots for substantial papers that address epistemological questions in religious and theological contexts.

Please send abstracts as a doc-file of a maximum of 700 words to Dr. Rope Kojonen (ropekojonen@gmail.com) by the end of August 2017. The organising committee will make their decisions within two weeks. Unfortunately,  we are not able to offer bursaries to presenters.  The final manuscript should be sent to Dr. Kojonen by the end of January 2018.


The workshop is open for all and free of charge. Even if your paper is not selected, you are most welcome to join the discussion.

Those planning to attend the workshop should inform Dr. Kojonen by the end of January 2018.


Hotel Arthur offers convenient accommodation next to the university. You are advised to book your room yourself (myyntipalvelu@hotelarthur.fi). By mentioning that you are part of the workshop (HEAT2018), you will be offered a discounted price (105-135EUR per night).

HEAT 2018 is supported by the Centre of Excellence for Reason and Religious Recognition of the Academy of Finland.

For more information:
Olli-Pekka Vainio