Started in 2009, the Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion are quickly becoming a well-known melting pot of philosophical discussion, attracting noted speakers like Michael Rea, Robin Collins, Alvin Plantinga, Jeffrey Schloss, Michael Murray and Eleonore Stump, and Linda Zagzebski.
The BLPR, held annually at Western Washington University, aims to increase understanding of current research on philosophical issues that arise for religion. It also aims to inspire further study of those issues within local universities and colleges and other communities throughout the region. The BLPR provides an opportunity for faculty, students and people in the community to learn from academics at the forefront of recent research in philosophy and religion.
Each year a distinguished speaker will give one or more free lectures intended for a general audience, followed by a lengthy Q&A session. The speaker will also meet with university students and faculty as well as local community members. Lectures will be filmed and archived for further viewing.
The BLPR aims not only to showcase recent research related to the Big Questions; it will provide a much-needed model of civil conversation on controversial topics in religion, philosophy and the related sciences, and increase interest in the study of these disciplines, both among students and faculty in local universities and colleges as well as in the general population of the region.