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What Difference Would (or Does) God's Existence Make?
A Workshop on the Axiological Consequences of Theism
September 11-12, 2015

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This workshop was the capstone event of a three-year research project entitled "Theism: An Axiological Investigation", which was hosted at Ryerson University and generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project leader and workshop organizer is Klaas J. Kraay.

This workshop featured twelve philosophers discussing what difference God's existence would - or does - make to the world and its inhabitants. This question is not about the putative advantages or disadvantages of some individual or society having religious beliefs or engaging in religious practices. It is, instead, a question about the axiological consequences of theism. Some say that God's existence would make the world far better than it would otherwise be. But this is not the only possible view. Some have said that God's existence would make the world far worse than it would otherwise be, and still other answers could be given. For example, one could hold that God's existence would make the world neither far better nor far worse, or that the effects of God's existence on the value of the world simply cannot be determined. The presenters at this workshop will explore these positions and related philosophical issues.

Details about the speakers and their presentations can be found below, and the workshop schedule is to the right.


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This workshop was made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, and by support from Ryerson University's Philosophy Department.