Colloquium on Divine Simplicity

On March 19–20, The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies, Wheaton College will be hosting a colloquium co-sponsored by The Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy and Doctrine, University of St. Mary of the Lake on divine simplicity.

NOTE: Space is limited. Priority is given to colleagues and Wheaton College students (doctoral, MA, and undergraduate). If you are interested, please contact us to see if space is available.

Here is the tentative schedule:

Thursday, March 19th

  • Michel R. Barnes (Marquette University), “The Protology of the Christian Doctrine of Divine Simplicity.”
  • Paul L. Gavrilyuk (University of St. Thomas), “Plotinus on Divine Simplicity.”
  • Brian E. Daley (University of Notre Dame), “Dyothelite Christology and Divine Simplicity.”

11:00–11:30am Coffee Break


  • Danielle Nussberger (Marquette University), “Simplicity and Tri-unity: Divine Self- Gift in Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theo-Drama.”

1:00–2:30pm Lunch


  • D. Stephen Long (Marquette University), “The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy.”
  • Matthew Levering (University of St. Mary of the Lake), “Divine Simplicity and the Divine Ideas: Aquinas on Creation.”
  • Marcus Plested (Marquette University), “Divine Simplicity According to Saint Gregory Palamas.”

7:00–8:30pm Public Lecture by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary), “Synchronic and Diachronic Harmony: St. Irenaeus on Divine Simplicity.”

Friday, March 20th

  • Lewis Ayres (Durham University), “What Is Divine Simplicity For? Strategies of Argument in Evagrius and Gregory of Nyssa.”
  • Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (University of Notre Dame), “Simplicity and Trinity in Gregory of Nyssa.”
  • George Kalantzis (Wheaton College), “Nature, Simplicity, Tentability in the Debate Between Nestorius and Cyril.”

11:30am–1:00pm Lunch


  • Thomas H. McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), “Divine Freedom, Plain and Simple.”
  • Kevin Hector (University of Chicago Divinity School), “A Model of Simplicity: The Utter Undividedness of Jesus.”
  • Keith Johnson (Wheaton College), “Karl Barth and the Purification of Divine Simplicity.”
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