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The Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Session

“The Interior Castle: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church”


Annual HBU Philosophy Conference

Was Held October 13-14, 2017

On the campus of Houston Baptist University


The Society of Christian Philosophers, Midwest Session, and Houston Baptist University presents The Interior Castle: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church” held on October 13-14, 2017. Join us as we explore the nature of human beings and the Church. As it is appropriate for REFO 500, we invite philosophers reflecting on various anthropological and ecclesiological themes. We, also, invite theologians interested in weighing in on these philosophical themes.


Call for Papers

The Society of Christian Philosophers with the Department of Philosophy invites papers addressing topics related to the soul and the soul’s relationship to the Church. We welcome papers that deal with ecclesiology, anthropology,  Reformation theology, metaphysics and epistemology. In addition, we will happily consider papers on any philosophical topic. The Department of Philosophy at HBU encourages papers from both analytic and continental traditions.

Read more and submit your paper for consideration


Keynote Speakers

Daniel Bonevac portrait

Daniel Bonevac

Professor of Philosophy
University of Texas (Austin)

Sarah Borden portrait

Sarah Borden

Professor of Philosophy
Wheaton College


Conference Keynote Sessions

Dr. Sarah Borden from Wheaton College will give a plenary talk entitled “Interior Castles: The Soul and Competing Visions of the Church.”

Dr. Daniel Bonevac, from the University of Texas Austin will give a plenary talk entitled “Bifurcation Thesis in Calvin’s Institutes”.


Conference Schedule

Draft Schedule for HBU Philosophy Conference 2017

Friday October 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. to Saturday October 14, 2017 (last session starts at 4:15 p.m.)


General Admission $50*
HBU Alumni $45*
Students of any university $25*  (ID required)

*  Paid registrations include Saturday lunch at the Baugh Center on campus.

All HBU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend keynotes free of charge, but does not include lunch.

Register and pay online now


Hotel Information

Recommended hotel: Crown Plaza (note there is a shuttle available to customers)

Individuals are responsible to reserve their own accommodations. Please see the Area Hotel Information for options.


Airport Travel Information

*(If you are not renting a car, then see the following travel options)

Recommendation: supershuttle.com

Alternative options: fly2houston.com/hou/shuttles-buses


Giving to the Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy (add “Department of Philosophy” in the “Additional Giving Opportunities” box)