Annual Boston Area Philosophy of Religion Conference: Book Session on Mark Johnston’s “Saving God: Religion after Idolatry”
Tuesday, May 3rd, 3-5pm 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 525 Book Session on Mark Johnston’s “Saving God: Religion after Idolatry,” with discussants Andrew Chignell (Cornell) and Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers), and a response by Mark Johnston (Princeton). “Saving God” (Princeton University Press, 2009) is the winner of the 2010 Award for Excellence in Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies, American Academy of Religion, and one of CHOICE Magazine’s 2010 Outstanding Academic Titles. Presenting a novel form of religious naturalism, it argues that God needs to be saved not only from the distortions of the “undergraduate atheists” (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris) but, more importantly, from the idolatrous tendencies of religion itself. Mark Johnston is Walter Cerf ’41 Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and author of many influential and widely reprinted articles in ontology, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic and ethics. In addition to “Saving God” he has also recently published “Surviving Death” (Princeton University Press, 2010).