If I Was Going to ETS…

…here are some of the papers I’d love to attend:

W. Paul Franks (Tyndale University College) — “Original Sin as a Defeater for the Free Will Defense.”

William Lane Craig (Talbot) — “A Molinist Account of Providence: A Second Look”

Philip Stewart (Ludwig-Maximlans Universitat) — “The Moral Knowledge of the Virtues”

Charlie Trimm (Wheaton) —“YHWH the God of Chaos: The Anti-Chaoskampf in Exodus”

Ben Rhodes (King’s College) — “Karl Barth on Sanctification: Do We Grow in Holiness?”

Stephen K. Moroney (Malone University) — “Integrative Perspectives on Human Flourishing: Sin, troche the Imago Dei, and Positive Psychology”

Mark Bowald (Redeemer University College) — “On Metaphors and the Word of God: Prolegomena to a Rhetorical Dogmatics of Holy Scripture”

In other ETS related news, Michael Bird observes that only a handful of women are presenting at this years ETS:

I have just noticed that there are about 700 hundred papers being delivered at ETS this year and only eight of them will be delivered by women. What is more, I think I actually know half of the women presenters. Now maybe there are more, I looked up the index in the ETS book and some names like “Leslie” can be unisex, and I don’t know the gender of most Asian names. But even give or take a few, this would mean that women presenters make up only 1% of the papers at ETS. This is not satisfactory.

Read the rest of his post here.

Speaking of female presenters, if you’re going, be sure to check out “Psalm 24:4 and the Decalogue: A Mutually Illuminating Relationship?” This paper is being presented by fellow blogger Carmen Imes from the blog Seminary Mom.

For those of you who are going, what papers are you looking forward to?

  • Wow. Only 1%? That’s a travesty. I think this
    severely injures ETS’ credibility in the eyes of the rest of academia. This gives me yet another reason to abstain from joining.

    On another note, Carmen is both awesome and brilliant. Those who go to her presentation won’t be disappointed.

    • It would be interesting to see how SBL’s lineup of papers compares to ETS regarding the gender thing.

      • I’m going to take a wild guess and say that that the ratio is a bit better than 1/99. As an evangelical myself, I really dislike this aspect of the movement…we deserve the criticism that comes from this.

  • I’m going, but after reading Bird’s blog, I’m getting a little weirded out. Now, on top of being only 1-3% of the attendees, I have to expect people to assume I’m someone’s wife. Right now, I’m hanging on to the promise that some really good blogs will come out of the experience.

    As far as which papers I’m attending, I haven’t even finished reading through the list yet, but so far I’ll definitely be going to the book Symposium on “Theistic Foundations for Morality,” which was one of my favorite books of the year, the EPS Plenary session with Paul Copan and Dallas Willard, a session called “Seeing the Sacred in Film,” and a panel discussion on VanHoozer’s remythologizing theology.

    I REALLY wish you were going!

    • I’m hoping to go next year. Of course, I said that last year about this year. But next year’s is a little closer to home, so the flight should be cheaper. As well, life should be a little less crazy next year compared to this year.

  • Hi there! My name is Paul Franks, the author of the paper on Original Sin you mentioned above. I thought you might like to know that a (revised) version of that paper was just published in the most recent issue of Philosophia Christi—Winter 2012 (I did a search with Google looking for the PDF of that table of contents and found this blog post). If you don’t subscribe to the journal, let me know and I’d be happy to send you a copy of the paper. (And I’d *love* to hear your thoughts on it.)

    You’ve got an interesting blog, kudos!

    • CWtheology

      Paul, I’d love a copy of your paper! Feel free to email it to me: tasmac {{{{{at}}}}}}} hotmail {{{{dot}}}} com