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This project is supported by The BioLogos Foundation’s Evolution & Christian Faith program. BioLogos does not necessarily endorse the views expressed by the Project Leader(s) or their institution, nor do the Project Leader(s) or their institution necessarily endorse the views expressed by BioLogos.

Beyond Galileo - to Chalcedon: Re-imagining the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall

The Colossian Forum
Pastor Michael Gulker, Dr. James Smith, and Dr. William Cavanaugh

This project gathers a multidisciplinary team of leading scholars to pursue communal, research on evolution, the Fall, and original sin, asking a pressing question: If humanity emerged from non-human primates—as genetic, biological, and archaeological evidence seems to suggest—then what are the implications for Christian theology’s traditional account of origins, including both the origin of humanityand the origin of sin?The integrity of the church’s witness requires that we constructively address thisdifficult question. We believe that cultivating an orthodox theological imagination can enable us to engage these tensions without giving up on confessional orthodoxy. So our methodology is as central to our project as the topic. Following the suggestion of Mark Noll in Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, we embrace the church’s ancient wisdom in the Council of Chalcedon as a model and template for how to faithfully grapple with contemporary challenges.We also believe the resources for such theological imagination are carried in the liturgical heritage of the church—in the worship practices and spiritual disciplines that enact the biblical story in ways that seep into our imagination, helping us see creativeways forward through this challenge. Research will be shared in a culminating conference and resulting scholarly book. In addition, leveraging our relationship with The Colossian Forum, the fruit of our research will also be “translated” and distributed for pastors, Christian educators and students throughforums, web publishing, and curricula.
 

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Conference Announcement:

Re-imagining the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL)
March 26-28, 2015

If humanity emerged from non-human primates—as genetic, biological, and archaeological evidence seems to suggest—then what are the implications for Christian theology’s traditional account of origins, including both the origin of humanity and the origin of sin?

The integrity of the church’s witness requires that we constructively address these difficult questions. We believe that cultivating an orthodox theological imagination can enable us to engage these tensions without simply giving up on confessional orthodoxy. This conference—and the interdisciplinary team behind it—sees the church’s ancient wisdom as a model and template for how to faithfully grapple with contemporary challenges. In short, the theological tradition is a resource in the face of such challenges, not a millstone.

We also believe resources for constructive theological imagination are carried in the liturgical heritage of the church—in the worship practices and spiritual disciplines that enact the biblical story in ways that seep into our imagination, helping us see creative ways forward through this challenge.

This conference will constructively grapple with difficult questions at the intersection of Christian orthodoxy and evolutionary science. Plenary speakers for the conference include:

  • William Cavanaugh, DePaul University
  • Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame
  • Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Joel Green, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Peter Harrison, University of Queensland
  • J. Richard Middleton, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Aaron Riches, Instituto de Filosofía ‘Edith Stein,’ Granada, Spain
  • James K.A. Smith, Calvin College
  • Brent Waters, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

Conference registration information is available at www.colossianforum.org/forums/ecf.