Friday, November 5, 2010

Religious Philosopher to Discuss Divine Friendship November 18 at Washington College

CHESTERTOWN—World-renowned philosopher of religion Marilyn McCord Adams will speak about friendship from a religious viewpoint when she visits Washington College on Thursday, November 18. Her talk, “Friendliness: Human & Divine,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.

Adams will approach her topic from a philosophical and historical perspective, first developing the concept of friendship between man and God, and then discussing how this “divine friendship” affects the formation and maintenance of human friendships.

From 2004-2009, Adams was the first female to hold the position of Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, a prestigious professorship that was created in 1535 by King Henry VIII. She is currently a distinguished research professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Adams’ work focuses on the history of philosophy and theology and the debates they raise in the modern world. She has written nine books, including The Problem of Evil (1990), Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God (1999), and Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology (2006). She has published more than 80 articles in journals such as Philosophical Review, Franciscan Studies, and Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic.

Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College, the talk is free and open to the public.

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