POGOS: RT Mullins on God and Emotion


This week in Pogos we welcome Dr. RT Mullins to the podcast, and we discuss various themes related to the question of God’s impassibility (e.g. the nature of emotions, God’s self-determination, and whether we can make sense of divine empathy).

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Dr. RT Mullins (Research Fellow, Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology, University of St Andrews) specializes in philosophical theology. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript on God and emotion. He has previously published on topics such as models of God, the philosophy of time, theological anthropology, the Trinity, the Incarnation, disability theology, and the problem of evil. His book, The End of the Timeless God,  was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. He has previously held research and teaching fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cambridge. When not engaging in philosophical theology, he is often found at a metal show.

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Jonathan C Rutledge is a producer and host of the Logos Institute’s official podcast, Pogos. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Linda T. Zagzebski, and he holds a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of St Andrews where he studied under Alan J. Torrance and where he currently serves as a research fellow. His primary academic interests lie in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and systematic & analytic theology. His current projects include a monograph on the nature of forgiveness & a sacrificial model of atonement, philosophical Arminianism as an account of divine creation, and constructing a Foley-inspired account of epistemic rationality & defeat.

Stephanie Nicole Nordby is also a producer and co-host of Pogos. She is a doctoral student in theology working under supervisors N.T. Wright and Oliver Crisp at the University of St Andrews. Her dissertation project is a book on Christology in which she hopes to integrate recent work in biblical studies on Second Temple Judaism, the philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and the idea of the Incarnation as a revelatory act. Prior to her time at St Andrews, Nordby received a Ph.D. in philosophy under the supervision of Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on divine predication and attributes, biblical genres and philosophy of language, and classical theism and the Hebrew Scriptures. In addition to her interest in analytic and exegetical theology, Nordby is interested in metaphysics, animal ethics, and virtue ethics.

Eustace Nordby is in Pupfessor of Canine Dogmatics at the Logos Institute. He is an expert on Karl Bark and Wolfhart Pannenberg. His theological hero is Francis of Assisi, and in his free time he enjoys a good game of chase on the East Sands. From time to time, Eustace helps out with Pogos recordings.