Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Chris De Pree, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott College, 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 November 11 at 11:00 am, Dr. De Pree will present his talk on “The Origin and Evolution of the Universe” on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta. This event is open to the public.
Prof. De Pree studies the formation and evolution of massive stars in the Milky Way galaxy. In this presentation, he will trace the origin and evolution of the universe from the moment of the Big Bang to the current era. Along the way, he will pause to explain some details in the origin and evolution of objects both large and small in the universe, and end with questions about the place of humans in all this.
Prof. De Pree hosts a popular monthly Open House series at Bradley Observatory on the campus of Agnes Scott College, where he is the Director. He has written and edited a number of popular science books, including Idiot’s Guides: The Cosmos (2014), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy (4e, 2008), Physics Made Simple (2e, 2005), Recent Issues and Advances in Astronomy (2003) and The Van Nostrand Concise Encyclopedia of Science (2003).
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.
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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.