Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, as its next science lecturer on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in the Harrington Center Chapel. Deane-Drummond’s lecture is entitled, “Evolution, Humans, and Other Animals: Engaging Theology and Anthropology.” Columbia Seminary is located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining an honors degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University. Deane-Drummond has published over thirty scientific articles and authored or edited twenty-two books. She is a pioneer in the dialogue between science and theology, holding a doctorate in each field. She has also done much work in the area of environmental justice and climate change. Deane-Drummond’s latest book is The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming (Eerdmans).
Last fall, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded “Science for Seminaries” grants totaling $1.5 million to 10 Christian seminaries including Columbia Theological Seminary for pilot programs integrating science into core theological curricula over the next two years. This integrated approach will bring science into the core of seminary theological education, impacting individual seminaries as well as the ministries in which graduates serve. This lecture is the first of many science-focused, campus-wide activities to complement these courses. For more information about the grants and other resources available to seminaries, visit www.ScienceforSeminaries.org.
Columbia Theological Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ and an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Columbia Seminary offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information about Columbia Seminary and its participation in the “Science for Seminaries” program, see www.ctsnet.edu/news-release?id=742.
“Science for Seminaries” Project Director at Columbia:
William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament