It has been a major question in traditional theological thinking how the Divine Attributes are to be understood. Recent debates in analytical philosophy have allowed new approaches that, however, are often not linked to those traditional debates. The project “Building bridges between traditional thought and analytical philosophy - Rethinking Divine Attributes in Islam and Christianity” aims at bringing the traditional theological discussions in touch with the modern analytical debate. Moreover, analytical philosophy has mostly focussed on Christian Theism, while we intend to explore the possibility of using analytical philosophy as a tool in inter-religious dialogue. Thus, the project focuses on the following questions:
- How can we perceive the attributes of Omnipotence and Omniscience, Justice and Mercy, Simplicity and Divine Action?
- What can analytical philosophy contribute to an understanding of those attributes?
- Is analytical philosophy an appropriate method to find a „common ground“ between Muslim and Christian theologians who are dealing with similar questions?
Those questions will be explored in three consecutive Summer Schools. This format aims at connecting people and discourses that would otherwise remain separated. The third Summer School, “Discussing the Divine Attributes in Muslim-Christian Dialogue 2021: Divine Simplicity and Divine Action” will take place from August 15 to 20, 2021 in Paderborn following the stucture of lectures in the morning and seminars taught by interreligious tandems in the afternoon.
Lecturers will come from Turkey, Tunesia, Iran and Germany:
- Zishan Ghaffar, Paderborn University
- Aaron Langenfeld, University of Vechta
- Naeme Poormohammadi, University of Religions and Denominations, Qom
- Mehmet Sait Reçber, University of Ankara
- Thomas Schärtl-Trendel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Christoph Schwöbel, University of St. Andrews
- Mira Sievers, Humboldt University of Berlin
- Alan Torrance, University of St. Andrews
By the end of the project, an international inter-religious research network will be established.