Christian Philosophy and Its Challenges

September 20–22, 2022

Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland

“We do not need Christian philosophy. We need Christians making good philosophy.” This controversial paraphrase of Cardinal Newman could serve as the point of departure for our forthcoming event, in which we plan to continue our reflections from our 2020 conference (“Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present and Future”), which brought together more than 40 philosophers from around the world. Our aim is to consider the contemporary challenges faced by our world in the light of philosophy as practiced in a Christian context or, simply, by Christian philosophers. The challenges begin with the very definition of Christian Philosophy (and therefore its identity), as well as the development of its existing paradigms, right through to an ultimate focus on philosophical, social, moral, ecological, political and scientific challenges. We wish to open up a space for its development and, with this in mind, invite not only Christian philosophers, but also any other researchers engaged in pursuing their philosophical investigations in the context of the Christian faith.


We invite proposals that address the problems of Christian PhilosophyWe are particularly interested in the following topics and questions, but any research on the conference theme is welcome. 

Main problems and questions worth considering

  • What kind of philosophy is called for in the 21st century, and what would distinguish Christian philosophy in this respect?
  • What is the scope and method of Christian philosophy?
  • What is the relationship between Christian philosophy and other philosophical schools and religions?
  • What sort of Christian philosophy do we need today, if any? 
  • What are the challenges facing Christian philosophy in the 21st century?
  • What can Christian philosophy offer in the context of such contemporary crises as COVID-19, ecological issues, climate change, and trans- and post-humanism
  • What can the great Christian philosophers teach us today? 

Proposal Submission: Please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper by March 31, 2022 using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/wXVq4jv165 

Language: we accept proposals in English exclusively. 

The organizers plan to conduct this conference in hybrid mode, combining both online and onsite elements. This model will allow all interested persons to participate, while also offering those wishing to actually come to Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow the possibility of doing so.

Keynote speakers
We are pleased to inform that the following individuals have agreed to give a lecture during the conference:

Richard Swinburne – Oxford University, UK

Alexander Pruss – Baylor University, TX, USA

William Lane Craig – Biola University, CA, USA


The conference is open to the public (also via social media). Speakers will be charged with the costs of conference (organisation, online infrastructure, conference trip, materials, lunches, dinner, coffee breaks etc.)—the exact fee is below. One may decrease the fee by a prompt registration (submission till December 31, 2021)—so called, Early Bird registration.

Regular participants

190/220/250 EUR (Early Birds/PhD Students/Regular Participants)

Online participants

70/80/100 EUR (Early Birds/PhD Students/Regular Participants)

After the conference we plan to publish a special issue in a philosophical journal with the articles based on the conference speeches. The speakers are encouraged to prepare a paper (up to 10,000 words) and submit it by December 31, 2022. Each article goes through the process of double-blind peer review. Forum Philosophicum, international journal for philosophy, has already agreed to publish a special issue in 2023 including the materials from the conference, though we are also open to the collaboration with other journals. 


  • Early Birds Submission of Proposals: December 31, 2021 
  • Early Birds Registration Registration and Payment: February 28, 2022
  • Submission of Proposals: February 28, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 31, 2022
  • Registration and Payment Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • Conference Dates: September 20–22, 2022
  • Paper Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022

You may also see the video materials from our last conference Christian Philosophy: Its Past, Present, and Futurehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVxwaWHB87c&list=PL2RdbxAZiEAmJWEvkKKt60Kj_ET8sE03s&index=2 

More information can be found on our website: www.christianphilosophy.ignatianum.edu.pl 

If you have questions, please contact the Conference Secretary at ChristianPhilosophy2022@ignatianum.edu.pl