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Divine Simplicity: A Necessary Doctrine?

Colloquium March 19–20, 2015

Co-sponsored by

  • The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
    Wheaton College
  • The Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy and Doctrine
    University of St. Mary of the Lake

NOTE: There is no more room available for attending the colloquium. However, we ask that if you are planning on attending the public lecture by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr you please contact us.


Revised 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”
  • Andrew Radde-Gallwitz
    University of Notre Dame
    “Simplicity and Trinity in Gregory of Nyssa”

12:00–2:00pm 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”

5:00–7:00 pm Dinner


Synchronic and Diachronic Harmony: St. Irenaeus on Divine Simplicity

Public Lecture by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
UPDATE: The venue for the lecture has been moved to Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center

 John Behr Lecture


Friday, March 20th


  • Brian E. Daley
    University of Notre Dame
    “Dyothelite Christology and Divine Simplicity”
  • David J. Luy
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    "Simplicity and Language: Bonaventure's Semiotic Asymptoticism"

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”
  • Oliver D. Crisp
    Fuller Theological Seminary
    "A Parsimonious Model of Divine Simplicity"
    [in abstentia—paper to be distributed at the colloquium]

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