Schedule and Presentations

God 2.0: Pantheism and Quantum Reality (December 1–3, 2023)

This conference will be held virtually on Zoom.

Access links are provided via email after registration and again prior to the event. Recordings will be made available after the event to all registrants.

Friday Evening, December 1st

All scheduled events are in US EST (UTC/GMT-5) timezone.

7:00 PM:  Introduction and Welcome

Ilia Delio and moderators Kate Kristiansen, Jillian Langford and Dustin Kuhns

7:15–8:30 PM:  John D. Caputo

Something Spooky is Going On: Taking a Quantum Approach to God

(From Dr. Caputo) “Taking my point of departure from Tillich’s “Two Types of the Philosophy of Religion,” I argue that the two types, the cosmological (theist) and ontological (panentheist), also describe the difference between the respective logics of Newtonian and quantum physics, that the world of quantum reality abides by the logic of the ontological, of ground and grounded, not of the cosmological, of cause and effect. The result is that quantum physics lends encouragement to the imaginative theological figure of the “ground of being” by providing it with a scientific analogate, a mathematical companion or amicus curiae. I proceed from there to propose still a third type, which draws its inspiration from the ontological but moves beyond it. In the third type, one of the possibilities at play in the ground of being is the possibility of the impossible. This is a spooky effect with which we are especially entangled, and we take the risk of saying that it goes under the name (of) “God,” whose actualization or realization or materialization is up to us. The third type of the philosophy of religion, which is the discourse proper to the spooky things going on in the name (of) “God,” is not cosmological or ontological but hauntological.”

Saturday Morning, December 2nd

9:00-10:15 AM:  Brandon Ambrosino

Gods who Rise, Fall, and Become: Psalm 82 and Entangled Love 

Hailed as one of the most remarkable texts of the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 82 narrates a history of God’s becoming. If God is, as Northrop Frye once put it, “a verb implying a process accomplishing itself,” this psalm offers a theopoetic exploration of this process. Unlike the other gods whose death he announces, the One God who emerges from Psalm 82 achieves his godness by out-loving every other deity. God’s character, we learn, is not the result of his being; God is, in fact, only because he first loves. In the order of being, compassion is primary. Given the priority it places on the entanglement of ontology and ethics, Psalm 82 offers us a biblical parable for reflecting on Karen Barad’s ethic-onto-epistemology. By making a Baradian cut that other gods have failed to make, a cut that allows orphans and widows to come to matter, God becomes God. And we, who discover ourselves to be held in his estate, become those who both invite and persuade him to arise.

10:30-11:45 AM:  Bruce Epperly

The God, Theology, and Spirituality of Tradition and Tomorrow: 2.0 and Beyond 

(From Dr.  Epperly) “Pierre Teilhard de Chardin challenges us to seek the God of Tomorrow. In similar fashion, Alfred North Whitehead asserts that the pure conservative fighting against the essence of the universe, including God’s evolutionary aim at the production of Beauty. Many people connect scripture with a static, unchanging, and backward-looking vision of God and spirituality. In contrast, I see scripture as describing the God of Tomorrow who constantly is doing a new thing and whose mercies are new every morning. Scripture belongs to the creative and adventurous and not just to the fundamentalist fixation on the changelessness of Yesterday’s God and outmoded ethics, science, and spirituality. Scripture describes God as the ultimate adventurer who inspires our personal and communal adventures.

Grounded in a career of over four decades of creative synthesis of academic theology and pastoral ministry, I explore the interplay of divine faithfulness and divine innovation through the lens of Lamentations 3:22-24 and its affirmation that “The steadfast love of God never ceases, 
 God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” The God described in this passage inspires an adventurous, innovative, and inclusive theology, taking us not only to a vision of God and Spirituality 2.0 but to 3.0 and an ever-expanding spiral of divine love and creativity in partnership with creaturely love and creativity.

Theological reflection and spiritual formation grounded in the ever-expanding and ever-creative love of God preaches, teaches, heals, and transforms persons, communities, and the planet.”

Saturday Afternoon, December 2nd

1:30–2:45 PM:  Catherine Keller

Earth Matters: Generation, Motivation, Eco-civilization

Earth matters because it is the active ground of what we are—precisely not in the sense of a boringly mindless matter. A matter at base inert, lifeless, flat, “stuff”—that’s the materialism of the modern world since Newton. That old modern materialism has progressed triumphantly into the postmodern capitalist world as the stuff to be consumed. But the so-called “new materialism” works constructively with the ecological meaning of matter. Matter is not merely understood as substance or stuff but as process, an active process of materialization.

3:00–4:15 PM:  Rami Shapiro

Altz iz Gott: God is Everything

Torah is an anthology of insights into the nature of life and how best to live it presented in a variety of literary forms by a diverse group of authors over centuries. Some of these authors were dualists, others non-dualists; some were theists, others pantheists, and panentheists. In this presentation, Rabbi Rami, himself a panentheist, explores The I AM/Ehyeh that is Everything/YHVH revealed in Exodus 3:14-15.

Saturday Evening, December 2nd

5:00-6:00 PM: Sara Thomsen

American singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen shares with us a special live musical performance.

7:00–8:30 PM: 2023 C4C Award Presentation & Address

 Ilia Delio presents our annual award to Frank and Mary Frost for their work on the Teilhard de Chardin Project.

Frank and Mary will introduce their work on Teilhard and give an exclusive preview the 2-hour television biography, Rediscovering Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin.

Sunday Morning, December 3rd

9:00–10:15 AM: 2022 C4C Award Presentation & Address

Ilia Delio presents a belated annual award (due to Covid-19 related cancellations) to Diarmuid O’Murchu who will give the following address:

Grounding Evolutionary Consciousness in our Time

Ever since the visionary work of Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution has become an ever more central feature of our understanding of life at every level. In our time Sr. Ilia Delio has brought that awareness to a new level of coherence and conviction. How to ground that vision still remains a formidable challenge, particularly for the emerging spirituality of the 21st century.

10:30–11:30 AM:  Ilia Delio

Can God be “Upgraded?”: Lessons from Science about God

The classical monotheistic claim is that God is divine Being unlike created being. God is Being itself, the essence of existence. Medieval scholars attributed to God the qualities of immutability, omniscience and omnipotence, among others. God is unchangeable, all-knowing and all-powerful. But what if God is none of these? After all, if God is Being itself and science tells us that being is chaotic, uncertain, unfolding and entangled, then what is God? We will discuss the urgency to upgrade theology, particularly in light of quantum physics and artificial intelligence. Meister Eckhart wrote: “God is the newest thing there is, the youngest thing, and when we are united with God, we become new again.” We will use Eckhart’s insight to discuss theogenesis and the import of an unfinished God for a techno-driven world. 

11:45–12:15 PM:  Panel Discussion

12:15–12:45 PM: Concluding Liturgical Service
Led by Emily DeMoor, Director of Christophany Groups

12:45 PM: Closing Remarks from Ilia Delio

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