Columbia Seminary to Host Lecture on Human Origins

Columbia Seminary to Host Lecture on Human Origins

Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Ron Cole-Turner, the H. Parker Sharp Chair in Theology and Ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, to be the next lecturer as part of their “Science for Seminaries” program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). On October 7 at 11:00 am, Dr. Cole-Turner will present his talk on “Christ and Adam: Rethinking Bible and Theology in Light of Human Origins Research” on the Columbia Seminary campus in the Harrington Center Chapel located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta. The event is open to the public.

Dr. Cole-Turner serves as Vice President of the International Society for Science and Religion and sits on the Advisory Committee for the “Science for Seminaries” project. He is the author and editor of several books on the relationship between science and technology and the Christian Faith, the most recent being Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement. Ron is most widely known across the church as the author of the hymn text, “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise.”

It was announced last year, that 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. The lecture by Cole-Turner 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 www.ScienceforSeminaries.org.

“Columbia Seminary is strategically located to build bridges between scientists and people of faith who may find science unimportant, incompatible, or even threatening,” said Prof. William Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Seminary. “Columbia is able build upon a precedent it set over a century and a half ago by bringing together the worlds of science and theology into mutually beneficial dialogue, furthering the work of ‘faith seeking understanding.’”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). 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 (www.aaas.org) 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!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven 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 Theological Seminary, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.

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