Forum: AAAS Lecture-Redeeming Sin? Social Diagnostics amidst Ecological Destruction


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).

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