Gifford Lectures 2019

The Hard God: Ontotheology as an Antidote for Idolatry

Lecturer: Mark Johnston, The Henry Putnam University Professor, Princeton University.

Author of Saving God: Religion after Idolatry (2009, 2nd Ed. 2015); Surviving Death (2010, 2nd Ed. 2013); Human Beings (2019) and The Obscure Object of Hallucination (2019).


17th. Lecture 1: Only an Ontotheology can save Ethical Theory

19th Lecture 2: Why did the One not Remain within Itself?

24th Lecture 3: Against Theological Meliorism: What was God’s Reason for Creating?

26th Lecture 4: Is Hope for Another Life Rational?


1st Lecture 5: A New Refutation of Pascal’s Wager and a New Defense of his Conclusion

3rd Lecture 6: How did Evil come into the World?