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USW to Host the Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Conference with Renown Scholar Eleonore Stump

Guest Blog by Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

University of the Southwest has the distinct privilege of virtually hosting the 2021 Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society Southwest Region April 23-24. This year’s conference theme is “The Problem of Evil” and explores the theological and philosophical arguments for the existence of God in an evil world.

The keynote speaker for this conference is esteemed scholar Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Stump is Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St. Andrews, and a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include Aquinas (2003), Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (2010), and Atonement (2018). Dr. Stump has given numerous invited lectures, including the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde Lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart Lectures (Princeton, 2009), and the Stanton Lectures (Cambridge, 2018).  

Eleonore Stump

This year’s conference also will feature more than a dozen Christian theological and philosophical scholars, many of whom have chosen to focus on the problem of evil. As members of the Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Societies, these scholars inform evangelical scholarship across the southwest region of the U.S. and globally. This conference will include participating scholars speaking from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. who will make presentations using various web platforms to ensure accessibility.

The planning committee for this conference includes Dr. Tim Yoder of Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Greg Trickett of Weatherford College, Dr. Page Brooks of Missio Mosaic Network, Dr. Charles Ray of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick (Conference Host) of University of the Southwest. The conference is being held in honor of Dr. Ben Arbour, a former committee member of the Evangelical Theological Society, who was tragically killed (along with his wife, Meg) by street racers near their home last November. His love for Christ and devotion to Christian scholarship left a lasting impact on all who knew him.

More information about this conference may be found at which also includes a link for conference registration. All are welcome to attend.