Arthur Peacocke, a distinguished biochemist, theologian, and Anglican priest, believed that, in the modern age, any theology is doomed unless it incorporates the scientific perspective into its "bloodstream." Peacocke argued that the challenge of integrating faith and science also presented an opportunity for Christian theology to reinterpret its traditions. These new interpretations transform the way we understand the nature of God and how God relates to the world.
On Friday evening and all day Saturday, February 9 and 10, leaders in religion and science will gather at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for "Evolutionary Theory and Theology: A Dialogue," a symposium honoring Dr. Peacocke, who died in October 2006. The Friday evening session is free and open to the public. (For a complete program of the symposium and registration information, see http://www.zygoncenter.org.). The Lutheran School of Theology is at 1100 East 55th Street (55th and University Ave.) in Hyde Park, Chicago.
On Friday, February 9, at 7 p.m., theologian Gloria L. Schaab (Barry University) will deliver the keynote lecture, followed by commentary and discussion by Karl Peters (philosophy and religion, Rollins College) and Wentzel van Huyssteen (theology and science, Princeton Theological Seminary). At a reception following this session, there will be opportunity to meet with the speakers.
Saturday, February 10, sessions beginning at 9 a.m., will focus on Peacocke's Theology for a Scientific Age. The afternoon session examines a work Peacocke finished just before his death, A Naturalistic Christian Theology. The book features essays responding to the work by ten authors, six of whom will discuss the book at this session.
Saturday's speakers include:
- Donald Braxton (Religious Studies, Juniata College)
- Philip Clayton (Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University)
- Philip Hefner (Theology, Editor-in-Chief, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science)
- Antje Jackelén (Theology/Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science)
- Nancey Murphy (Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
- Ann Pederson (Religion, Augustana College)
- Gayle Woloschak (Molecular Biology, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)
This event is sponsored jointly by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. For further information about the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, visit http://www.zygoncenter.org or call the center at 773-256-0670. For information about Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, see www.zygonjournal.org.
Zygon Center for Religion and Science
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