Public Forum and Book Launch
"Christology and Science"
November 5, 2008, 7:00 pm
F. LeRon Shults, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Respondent: Robert John Russell, Founder and Director, Ian G. Barbour Professor
of Theology and Science in Residence, CTNS
7:00 - 8:30 pm, November 5, 2008
Graduate Theological Union Hewett Library, Dinner Board Room,
2nd floor of the GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road at LeConte Avenue, Berkeley, CA
The dialogue between theology and science has blossomed in recent decades, but particular beliefs about Jesus Christ have not often been brought to the forefront of this interdisciplinary discussion even in explicitly Christian contexts.
In this lecture, F. LeRon Shults discusses his book Christology and Science (2008), which attempts to break new ground by explicitly bringing the specific themes of Christology into dialogue with contemporary science. He engages recent developments in late modern philosophy of science in order to articulate Christian intuitions about the identity, agency and presence of Jesus Christ in a way that responds to challenges and opportunities that have arisen in light of various scientific discoveries.
After an overview of the main argument of the book, which contains three case studies (incarnation and evolutionary biology, atonement and cultural anthropology, parousia and physical cosmology), the lecture will emphasize the importance of attending to the mediating role of philosophical categories in the ongoing dialogue between theology and science.
About the Forum Speaker:
F. LeRon Shults is professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. In addition to Christology and Science (Ashgate/Eerdmans, 2008), he is the author of eight books and over forty scientific articles or book chapters. Shults is also the chief editor of a new book series by Brill Academic publishers: Philosophical Studies in Science and Religion. His book on The Faces of Forgiveness (with psychologist Steve Sandage) won the Narramore Award for Excellence in the Integration of Theology and Psychology. His current research interests include desire, compassion and philosophies of difference.
About the Respondent:
Professor Robert J. Russell is the Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in- Residence at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). He is the author of Cosmology from Alpha to Omega: The Creative Interaction of Theology and Science (Fortress Press, 2008), and has co-edited a multi-volume series of books focused on scientific perspectives on divine action through an international research conference program co-sponsored by CTNS and the Vatican Observatory.
Free and open to the pubic
Unlimited street parking after 7:00 pm.
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