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Philip Hefner Profile in January Issue of The Lutheran

Posted Dec 21, 2004

Philip Hefner, professor of systematic theology, emeritus at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, editor-in-chief of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and former director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science ( is the subject of a feature article in the January 2005 issue of The Lutheran.

The author, Susan L. Barreto, was introduced to Hefner and his work while participating in the lecture series, "The Epic of Creation," offered annually at LSTC and organized by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. Hefner's work of trying to put together the ideals of religion and the ideas of science and his concept of the "created co-creator" are explored in the article.

Ethical questions regarding genetic engineering, stem cell research and other scientific and technological issues are not questions science alone can answer, Hefner says in the article. To further explore these concepts with readers of The Lutheran, Hefner will participate in an online discussion of the article from January 4-11. To read "A Life of Inquiry: Theologian Philip Hefner Looks at the Revelation of Science" and to learn more about the online discussion, visit


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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