CTNS is beginning a project to digitize more of the events that take place in Berkeley to make them available to our members and other interested people all over the world. Here are a few links to some of the lectures and conferences that have taken place recently.
Exploring the Convergence of Science and Religion: Following in the Footsteps of Charlie Townes, by Robert John Russell. July 6, 2016
SATURN Conference (Scientific and Theological Understandings of Randomness in Nature)
October 11, 2014
Robert Russell, "Quantum Mechanics and Non-interventionist Objective Divine Action: Advantages and Problems"
Gerald Cleaver, "Multiverse"
Alicia Juarrero, "What does the closure of context-sensitive constraints mean for determinism, autonomy, self-determination, and agency?"
Robert Ulanowicz, "The Universal Laws of Physics: Inflated Ontologies?"
General Q&A (session one)
Joshua Moritz,"Contingency, Convergence, Constraints, and the Challenge from Theodicy in Creation's Evolution"
Rope Kojonen, "Recent Critiques of Theophysical Incompatibilism"
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, "Necessity, Chance and Indeterminism: A Theological Account of Freedom of Will in a 'Regulated' World"
Ted Peters, "Contingency and Freedom in Brains and Selves"
General Q&A (session two)
2015 J. K. Russell Conference
Introduction by Robert John Russell
Fellowship Lecture, Noreen Herzfeld, "More than Information: A Christian Critique of A New Dualism"
Response by Brian Patrick Green, "A Response to Noreen Herzfeld: Metaphysics, Death, and the Future"
Response by Braden Molhoek,
"Sensuality and Altering Anthropology in Artificial Intelligence and Transhumanism"
Fellow's Response to the Responses
Announcement of the 2015 Charles Townes Graduate Student Fellowship
2013 J. K. Russell Conference
Fellowship Lecture, Niels Gregersen: "God, Information and the Sciences of Complexity"
Response by Ron Cole-Turner
Response by Joshua Moritz
Response by Ted Peters
Response by Dan Peterson
CTNS Public Forums
"God's Self-Communication in an Evolving World: Evolution, Self, and Transcendental Being" (audio link)
Oliver Putz, "God's Self-Communication in an Evolving World: Evolution, Self, and Transcendental Being" (video link)
February 19, 2015, Mudd 100, Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Brian Green, "What Science Can and Cannot Say about Ethics" (audio and power point slides)
April 3, 2014, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Niels Gregersen, "Jesus and the Depth of Creation: The Idea of Deep Incarnation" (audio only)
February 8, 2013, Tucson Room of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA
Bishop Richard Cheetham, "Lies, Damned Lies, Science and Theology: Exploring Truth Claims in Science and Religion in Academia, the Media and the Church"
November 13, 2012, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
London Gifford Symposium, Gifford Lectures Revisited: Reflections of Seven Templeton Laureates, "How my Mind has Changed"
Part 1 (Martin Rees, John Barrow, Freeman Dyson, moderated by George Ellis)
Part 2 (Ian Barbour, John Polkinghorne, Holmes Rolston, Charles Taylor, moderated by Keith Ward)
June 1st, 2012, London, UK
Science and Spirit Conference, with Craig Boyd, Joshua Moritz, Thomas Oord, LeRon Shults and Amos Yong (audio only)
November 17, 2011, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Joshua Moritz, "Chosen From Among the Animals: The End of Human Uniqueness and the Election of the Image of God"
April 14, 2011, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
George Ellis, "Cosmology and Ultimate Causality"
February 24, 2011, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
Paul Santmire, "Toward a Cosmic Christology: A Kerygmatic Proposal"
October 4, 2010, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Some Items of Interest from CTNS Board Members
Robert Kuhn selected as one of "The Western World's Most Influential Public Intellectuals & Global Thinkers" -- The "50 Champions of Truth and Justice"
Is Our Universe a Fake?
Forget Space-Time: Information May Create the Cosmos
The Evolution of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Life: A Theological Assessment
November 11, 2012, SETI Headquarters, Mountain View, CA
Space Rocks (opens new window)
A whimsical poem by Ted Peters
Adrian Wyard 2012 Ginn Lectures at Mercer University McAfee School of Theology
Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series (STARS) Conferences
Andrew Robinson and Christopher Southgate, "Evolution, Creation and Semiotics"
June 20-23, 2010, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Warren Brown and Michael Spezio,"Virtue Ethics, Neuroscience, and the Transcendent: New Insights from the Interaction between Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy and Theology"
April 24, 2010, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Robert John Russell on the Founding of CTNS
And Much, Much More
See the Resources section of the CTNS website for videos, articles, biographies, definitions...on topics such as evolution, physics and cosmology, ethics, theology and more.