Analytic Theology Cluster Group
The past forty years have seen a growing interest in the study and discussion of issues concerning philosophy of religion, within the English-speaking analytic tradition. At first, this interest extended to issues traditionally understood to be strictly philosophical, such as the existence of God and the problem of evil. In recent years, however, it was also extended to the justification of religious beliefs, and even to strictly theological matters involving the rational speculation about contents considered revealed, such as the action of divine grace, the Incarnation and Atonement. This broad range of studies receives the academic name of "Analytic Theology".
In this context, the study of divine providence has a special relevance. It is a philosophical and theological notion used to describe the sovereign control/command of God in favor of His creatures, intimately related to the hope of man's eternal salvation. The elucidation of this concept implies the discussion of issues such as divine foreknowledge, God's action in the world, the origin of evil and the compatibility or incompatibility between divine causality and human free will.
The Cluster Group in Analytic Theology at the University of Navarra "Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Divine Providence" gather together philosophers and theologians to study and discuss the main approaches made to this issue with an analytic methodology. As a result of the group activities Analytic Theology will be introduced for the first time in Spanish academia. The Cluster Group is supported by the Project "Analytic Theology" of the Center for Philosophy of Religion of the University of Notre Dame, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
"The analytic methodology makes it possible to approach permanent metaphysical problems with the rigor and scientific seriousness characteristic of the best Western tradition"
Metaphysics and Language