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October 7, 2018: Concepts of God

2:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of New Bern


Andrei A. Buckareff, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Program

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Dr. Buckareff holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Biola University, an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and M.A.’s in Philosophy from Texas A&M and University of Rochester.

He was awarded a John Templeton Foundation Grant, with Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham) for the project, “Exploring Alternative Concepts of God” 2011-2013 and again for “The Pantheism and Panentheism Project” 2017-2019.

Abstract of October 7 Presentation

In the west, the concept of God is most often understood in the general terms outlined by traditional or “classical” theism. God on such an account is understood as a supernatural being who created the universe ex nihilo and is all-powerful, all-knowing, and morally perfect. Moreover, God is understood by most as a personal agent who intervenes in the natural causal order from time to time. But while this way of thinking of God has been dominant in the west, there have been exceptions to it.

Rather than examine all of the variants of traditional theism, Dr. Buckareff will focus on some common problems faced by traditional theism discussed in the philosophy of religion that have motivated some philosophers and theologians to consider alternative conceptions of the divine. Specifically, he will discuss the evidential problem of evil for traditional theism based on the existence of gratuitous suffering and worries about the possibility of causal activity in the world by a being that lacks any spatio-temporal location. He will then examine two alternatives to traditional theism, one is a variant of panentheism and the other is a version of pantheism.

Dr. Buckareff will interact with audience members by way of written questions.

All Rothermel Foundation events are free and open to the public.



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April 29, 2018: Immunotherapy Engineering — New Treatments for Cancer

2:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, New Bern

Gianpietro Dotti, MD, is a world leader in the field of cancer cellular immunology, which involves extracting disease-fighting immune cells from the patient’s blood and genetically engineering them to recognize the patient’s cancer.

Dr. Dotti’s research achievements include contributing to the development of an innovative “safety switch” that is used in partnership with immunotherapy to turn of the therapy when necessary. He also has facilitated the development and implementation of more than 10 cell therapy trials using gene modified T-cells, which are the disease-fighting immune cells.

Gianpietro Dotti is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at UNC School of Medicine, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Rothermel events are free and open to the public, and include the opportunity to engage in with the speaker in a question and answer session.

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