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Brian Davies

Biographical Introduction of Dr. Brian Davies, Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York City
His Lecture, God and Evil, the fourth in the Bethel Lectures in Philosophy Series was delivered at Bethel College on Saturday, October 29, 2005, 3:00 p.m., AC 342.


The Bethel Lectures in Philosophy Series brings to our campus distinguished philosophers in various disciplines. Past lecturers have been Dallas Willard (University of Southern California), William Lane Craig (Talbot School of Theology) and Richard Swinburne (Oxford, ret.).

This year we are privileged to have Brian Davies, who is currently Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at Fordham University in New York City. He earned his B.A. with honors in Theology from Bristol University in 1972; his M.Th. from King's College, London in 1973; and his Ph.D. King's College, London in 1976. He has also been awarded two honorary degrees from the University of Oxford.

A member of the Dominican Order of Preachers, Dr. Davies was the Regent of Studies of English Dominican Province from 1988 until 1995 when he was elected Regent of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. In addition to Fordham he has taught on the faculties of Blackfriars Hall and St. Benet's Hall, University of Oxford, Bristol University, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in 1993, and Collegio Beda, Rome in 1987-88.

He has published over twenty books, notably, Aquinas, (Continuum, 2002), The Thought of Tho-mas Aquinas, (Oxford, 1994), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 3rd Edition, (Oxford, 2003), which has been translated into five languages, and his own translation of Aquinas' Treatise on God, Summa Theologiae, 1a, 1-26, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

He is also the editor of over 30 books, most notably, De Malo of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford, 2001), Philosophy of Religion: a Guide and Anthology (Oxford, 2000), Anselm of Canterbury: the Major Works (Oxford, 1998), God Still Matters (Continuum, 2002), and along with Brian Leftow, The Cambridge Companion to Anselm (Cambridge, 2004). He serves as the series editor of the Outstanding Christian Thinkers series published by Continuum Press, and the Great Medieval Thinkers series published by Oxford University Press.

He has also published over sixty articles on philosophy and theology in such journals as the London Times, New Blackfriars, The Clergy Review, Philosophy, Cogito, Faith and Philosophy, Religious Studies, International Philosophical Quarterly, and The Monist.

He is also the owner of a cat named Smokey, who features prominently in several of his recent books, and who seems to tolerate human company as a necessary evil.

A few hours from now and a few miles away, in a special ceremony on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, he will receive the Aquinas Medal, a lifetime achievement award given by the ACPA to outstanding scholars whose publications are of permanent scholarly value, and have influenced American philosophical thought. But before that we have him here. Please welcome to Bethel College Dr. Brian Davies …

— Written and delivered by Professor David Alan Reed