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EPS at AAR/SBL: Modernizing The Beatific Vision

December 1, 2020
Virtual Meeting via AAR/SBL Registration

4:00 - 5:30 PM (EST)

Modernizing The Beatific Vision: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives of the Visio Dei

Historically, the doctrine of beatific vision was an essential piece of Christian doctrine, which described the purpose for which humans are created. This purpose was described as an immaterial and intellectual grasping of the Divine nature. In the present panel discussion, the authors advance distinct disciplinary proposals for how to think about the doctrine of beatific vision. The primary question guiding the discussion is: What is the nature of beatific vision and is there a plausible modern way of making sense of the doctrine of beatific vision


  • Ryan A. Brandt, Grand Canyon University
  • Joshua R. Farris, Mundelein Seminary


  • Gavin Ortlund, First Baptist Church of Nordhoff, "Will We See God's Essence? Aquinas versus the Protestants on the Beatific Vision"
  • Paul L. Gavrilyuk, University of St. Thomas, "Accounting for the Problems of a Theological Vision of God"
  • Paul Allen, Corpus Christi College (Vancouver), "The Beatific Vision as Dramatic Natural Theology: Augustine and von Balthasar"
  • Tyler Dalton McNabb, University of Macau, "Proper Functionalism and the Beatific Vision"


  • Josh Reeves, Samford University

Important Registration Information: This session is part of a series of other virtual EPS sessions happening in light of the 2020 AAR/SBL conference. All presenters/panelists and attendees must register via the AAR website. You do not have to be a member of AAR/SBL in order to register.

  • Current EPS members can directly register at the discounted affiliate rate ($225 compared to AAR/SBL?s non-member rate of $385). At the linked page, click "New Registration" and proceed with the prompts (to sign-up/renew EPS Membership, please click here).
  • If you are a current AAR/SBL member but not an EPS member, please register here for the conference.
  • AAR does not offer a ?per session? rate or registration. Registration includes all AAR/SBL sessions (pdf of program is available here).
  • Once registered, proceed to sign-up for sessions via AAR/SBL?s schedule builder.

If you have questions about registration for the AAR/SBL conference, please contact reg@aarweb.org. For questions about EPS sessions at AAR/SBL, please send via our contact form.

Type of event: EPS at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature

Philosophy of Theological Anthropology Christian Philosophers and the Secular Academy