Tyndale Representatives Attend the Annual Meetings of the ETS

Friday, December 9, 2011

Recently, Tyndale professors and an alumna attended the 63rd Annual Meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Annual Meetings of its affiliate, the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS), in San Francisco, California. Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Craig Carter; Research Professor of Church History, Dr. Donald MacLeod; Lecturer of Philosophy, Professor Paul Franks; Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics, Dr. James A. Beverley; and Tyndale alumna, Aylish Chantler, attended the conferences. They presented papers, delivered lectures, and moderated sessions.

Tyndale professors have a long history of being involved in the ETS. Dr. MacLeod, who presented a paper at the conference, remarked that, “Ontario Bible College and Theological Seminary [Tyndale] hosted ETS North America exactly thirty years ago.” Tyndale professors continue to be involved with the ETS. Dr. Beverley, who usually attends the Annual Meetings of the ETS, gave a lecture on the Church of Scientology and Dr. Carter co-chaired a session devoted to the Trinitarian theology of Thomas Torrance at ETS. Dr. Carter also serves on the ETS Steering Committee for the Method in Systematic Theology Group.

Aylish Chantler, who is pursuing doctoral studies in Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, presented a paper at the annual meetings for the EPS. “I was nervous to be presenting in an environment of such academic rigour,” she said, “but it was a great experience. I received valuable feedback on my work.” Aylish also remarked that she was excited to meet some of her “philosophical heroes” at the conference—scholars like J. P. Moreland, Dallas Willard, and William Lane Craig—who she credits with awakening her love for philosophy.

“These types of conferences are almost always beneficial in two ways,” said professor Franks, who presented a paper entitled, Original Sin as a Defeater for the Free Will Defense, “First, is the feedback you get on your own current research… Second, is the networking that goes on; because of discussions I had with various people I have the opportunity to start on two new projects that would not have come up had I not been at the conference.”
 


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