workshop was the capstone event of a three-year research
project entitled "Theism: An Axiological Investigation",
hosted at Ryerson
and generously funded by the John
Templeton Foundation. The project leader and workshop
organizer is Klaas J.
This workshop featured twelve philosophers discussing what
difference God's existence would - or does - make to the world
inhabitants. This question is
not about the putative
advantages or disadvantages of some individual or society having
beliefs or engaging in religious practices. It is, instead, a question
the axiological consequences of theism. Some say
that God's existence
would make the world far better than it would
otherwise be. But this
is not the only possible view.
Some have said that God's existence would make the world far worse
it would otherwise be, and still other answers could be given. For
example, one could hold that God's existence would make the
far better nor far worse, or that the effects of God's existence on the
of the world simply cannot be determined. The presenters at this
explore these positions and related philosophical issues.
Details about the speakers and their presentations can be found below,
workshop schedule is to the right.