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Russell Lectures on "Science and Theology in Creative Interaction" available on DVD

March 2010

This February, Dr. Robert Russell, CTNS's Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science, spoke at the Stone Church of Willow Glen, in San Jose, California, on "Science and Theology in Creative Interaction" in an event co-sponsored by CTNS and the Henrietta Perdue Memorial Lecture Series. DVDs recorded at the event are now available for purchase.

In his talks, Dr. Russell explored a variety of topics on the frontier of the creative interaction between science and Christian theology with particular focus on Big Bang cosmology and neo-Darwinian evolution.

In the first (overview) lecture, Dr. Russell surveys five key issues in theology and science. Starting with Einstein's Big Bang cosmology, he asks whether an absolute begining of the universe at "t=0" and the cosmic fine-tuning of the laws and constants of nature support belief in God. Next he explores "theistic evolution" as a theological interpretation of neo-Darwinian evolution against its competitors: atheism and Intelligent Design. We face the challenge of suffering in the evolution of life and ask how we can respond theologically to it. Dr. Russell concludes by exploring predictions for the far future of the universe: "freeze or fry." Do these undermine Christian hope for a New Creation? Are there any alternatives?

In the second lecture and third lectures, Dr. Russell probes theological implications of cosmology and evolutionary biology in more depth and detail. The second lecture explores the subtle roles played by philosophy and theology in the construction of scientific cosmology ranging from the Newtonian universe to Einstein's Big Bang and its competitor in the 1950s-1960s: Hoyle's steady state cosmology. A variety of theological interpretations of the significance of Big Bang cosmology for Christian faith are discussed, including the beginning of the universe and the fine-tuning of the laws and constants of nature (the "Anthropic Principle"). The third and final lecture presents theistic evolution as a robust response to evolutionary biology, particularly when it is augmented by an appeal to non-interventionist objective divine action.

To order DVDs from the lectures (3 DVDs in a set), send a check for $10 to the Stone Church of Willow Glen, 1937 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125, with "Russell Lectures" on the memo line.

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