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Dr. Antje Jackelen's Goshen Lectures Published in The Dialogue Between Religion and Science: Challenges and Future Directions

Posted Nov 3, 2004

Three lectures by Antje Jackelen, associate professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, from the Third Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science were recently released in book form by Pandora Press. The collection, edited by Carl S. Helrich, includes discussion that followed the lectures, which were given over the course of several days. Jackelen's lectures focus on three areas:  hermeneutics, feminisms (sic), and postmodernism.

In his preface, Helrich states, "Professor Jackelen has thought deeply about the three issues she discussed in the lectures, which are important challenges to the religion and science dialog. . . (I)n the third lecture, Professor Jackelen admitted that there is really only one issue: hermeneutics. We are confronted finally with the fact that we must convey ideas to one another. And this must be done in the common language of everyday use, even though the concepts we wish to discuss are not those of everyday use. This is a problem that is as old as thought itself and as new as the most modern of sciences."

The volume includes notes, references and an index to the lectures.

Antje Jackelen studied theology in Bethel and Tubingen, Germany and Uppsala, Sweden. Ordained in 1980, she served in parish ministry until 1996. Jackelen earned her Ph.D. from Lund University in 1999. She joined the LSTC faculty in 2001. She is a founding member of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) and the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR.) Jackelen is widely published in the areas of religion and science in German, Swedish and English language publications. An English translation, from the German, of her book, Time and Eternity: The Concept of Time in Church, Natural Science and Theology will be published in 2005.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

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