Columbia Seminary to Host AAAS Lecture on Sin and Science

Columbia Seminary to Host AAAS Lecture on Sin and Science

Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Dr. Ernst Conradie, Senior Professor from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to be the next lecturer as part of its “Science for Seminaries” program. The lectures are sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). On November 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, Dr. Conradie will present his talk “Redeeming Sin? Social Diagnostics amidst Ecological Destruction.” This event is open to the public in the Ellis Room of the Richards Center on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta.

About the Talk:

In this talk, Dr. Conradie will explore the question “What is wrong with the world?” and the need to engage in a collaborative process of social diagnostics. This prompts the further question whether “redeeming” Christian sin-talk may contribute to the task of social diagnostics. In order to address this question, Dr. Conradie will engage in the ongoing dialogue between evolutionary biology, animal ethology, and the cognitive sciences.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Conradie is Senior Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and currently a visiting scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds multiple degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa through DTh. His most recent monographs include Saving the Earth? The Legacy of Reformed Views on “Re-creation” (LIT Verlag, 2013) and The Earth in God’s Economy: Creation, Salvation and Consummation in Ecological Perspective (LIT Verlag, 2015). He is the editor of several volumes in the field of ecotheology, including Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology (with Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond and Denis Edwards, T&T Clark 2014) and The Church in God’s Household: Protestant Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ecology (with Clive Ayre, Cluster, 2016).

About the Program Series:

Columbia Theological Seminary is one of ten Christian Seminaries part of a pilot program by AAAS for integrating science into core theological curricula. Grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded to the schools for integrating science into the curriculum for at least two core theological courses (such as those in systematic theology, biblical studies, church history, and pastoral theology) 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 AAAS lecture is one of many science-focused, campus-wide activities to complement these courses. Resources from the project will be made available to interested seminaries as the project unfolds, some of which will be archived online at

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine ( and Science Signaling ( AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The nonprofit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia 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, please visit


AAAS Contacts:
Christine Scheller

Earl Lane

Columbia Contacts:
William Brown
William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications

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