Roundtable brings together experts on Christology and science October 22, 2008

On Thursday, October 30, experts in religion and science from across the country will gather at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Room 350, to discuss the themes of F. LeRon Shults' new book, Christology and Science (Ashgate and Eerdmans, 2008). In the roundtable, held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., four theologians and philosophers will interact with Shults' proposals; Shults himself will then respond to his colleagues and the audience. This free  event is sponsored by the Hyde Park Society for Religion and Science and Zygon Center for Religion and Science.

In his book, Shults explores the traditional Christological themes of incarnation, atonement, and parousia in relation to current insights from evolutionary biology, cultural anthropology, and physical cosmology in order to develop a theological account of Christ's identity, agency, and presence. Shults is professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, and scientific director of the Transforming Compassion project, a peace-building institute in Norway.

Other roundtable participants are: Amos Young, professor of theology at Regent University School of Divinity and author of six books, most recently, Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor (Orbis, 2008); Thomas Jay Oord, professor of theology and philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, whose most recent book is The Altruism Reader:  Selections from Writing on Love, Religion, and Science (Templeton);  Andrea Hollingsworth, a Ph.D. student in constructive theology at Loyola University, Chicago, author (with F. LeRon Shults) of The Holy Spirit; and Craig A. Boyd, professor of philosophy and executive director for the Institute of Faith Integration at Azusa Pacific University, whose latest book is  Visions of Agape: Problems and Possibilities in Human and Divine Love (Ashgate, 2008)

See for more detailed information about the participants.

The Hyde Park Society for Religion and Science was founded in 2004  by LSTC and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.  Its goal is to encourage and equip young scholars of religion and science toward making an impact on academic teaching and education among religious communities. It is open to students in all disciplines from the Hyde Park theological schools and the University of Chicago.
Zygon Center for Religion and Science  was established in 1988 as a partnership program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). It is dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature and destiny of humans and their environment, and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice and responsible patters of living prevail.


Jim Schaal
Center for Religion and Science


Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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