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Are You Free?

  • The Ohio Union: Archie Griffin Ballroom 1739 North High Street Columbus, OH, 43210 United States (map)

Christian and atheist scholars seek to make sense of our innate desire for personal freedom.

We all desire to be free. But what is personal freedom?

What it means to be free connects with what it means to be human. What it means to be human is one of the central questions in any person’s outlook on life. Thus, it is an issue that requires thinking on the level of our worldview. Both religious and secular thinkers have contributed to our shared understanding of the issues surrounding personal freedom.

In this discussion, we will hear philosophers Gregory Ganssle and Erik Wielenberg discuss the question of personal freedom from a Christian and a secular perspective.

Join us, February 28th. Free and open to the public. Priority seating to OSU students, faculty, and staff.

Speaker Bios:


Dr. Erik Wielenberg

DePauw University

Dr. Erik Wielenberg did his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and spent a year studying at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. His research is focused in ethical theory, particularly moral psychology, meta-ethics, and moral epistemology, and contemporary analytic philosophy of religion. He spent the 2014-15 academic year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he was a Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs.


Dr. Gregory Ganssle

Talbot School of Theology

Dr. Gregory Ganssle has been thinking about the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary scholarship for over thirty years. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1978, he worked in campus ministry on a variety of campuses.  He earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island in 1990 and a doctorate in philosophy from Syracuse University in 1995. Greg was part-time lecturer in the philosophy department at Yale for nine years and a senior fellow at the Rivendell Institute at Yale. Greg's research interests lie in contemporary philosophy of religion and history of philosophy.

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On Feb. 28th 2019, The Thompson Institute hosted atheist philosopher Erik J. Wielenberg and Christian philosopher Gregory Ganssle at The Ohio Union on campus at The Ohio State University to discuss what it means to be free, and how our worldview influences our understanding of personal freedom.

Sponsored by: Cru at OSU and CMDA

Earlier Event: September 23
How Do You See The World?