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Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

2016 Symposium: Science and Religion

September 29–October 1
North Park Theological Seminary
Nyvall Hall, N-25
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The Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture features prominent scholars from around the world and provides a forum for interdisciplinary theology from a biblical perspective for the benefit of the church.

Scholars and theologians are invited to join us for this year's discussion of science and religion. Symposium sessions will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, and conclude by 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 1. Each session will include a paper presentation followed by a short response and open discussion.

A live stream of the symposium can be found here.

Schedule

Thursday, September 29

First Session Evolutionary Psychology and Romans 5-7: The 'Slavery to Sin' in Human Nature
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Paul Allen, Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Concordia University, Canada
  • Response by Chris Lilley, PhD Candidate, Marquette University
  • Discussion

 8:30-8:45 pm
 Evening Prayers

Friday, September 30

Second Session – Forming Identities in Grace: Imitatio and Habitus as Contemporary Categories for the Sciences of Mindfulness and Virtue
9:00–10:30 am
  • Michael Spezio, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Scripps College; Visiting Researcher, Institute for Systems Neuroscience, University of Hamburg Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany
  • Response by Kirk Wegter-McNelly, Wold Visiting Professor, Union College
  • Discussion

10:30–11:00 am
Coffee

Third Session Multiverse: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Gerald Cleaver, Professor of Physics, Baylor University
  • Response by Stephen Ray, Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering; Director of Sustainability, North Park University
  • Discussion 

12:30–1:45 pm
Lunch in N-1

Fourth Session – On Bringing Home the Bacons: Reflections on Science, Faith, and Scripture
1:45–3:15 pm
  • Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College, Canada
  • Response by John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
  • Discussion

5:00 pm Dinner Banquet at Tre Kronor Restaurant

Fifth Session – Made As Mirrors: Biblical and Neuroscientific Reflections on Imaging God
7:00–8:30 pm
  • Joshua M. Moritz, Lecturer of Philosophical Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco; Managing Editor of the Journal of Science and Theology (Routledge Press)
  • Response by Tyler Johnson, Pastor, Evangelical Covenant Church, Albert City, Iowa
  • Discussion

8:30–8:45 pm Evening Prayers

Saturday, October 1

Sixth Session – Paul and the Person: Perspectives From Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences
9:00–10:30 am
  • Susan Eastman, Associate Research Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
  • Response by Andrew Das, Professor of New Testament, Elmhurst College
  • Discussion

10:30–11:00 am
Coffee

Seventh Session Knowing in Part: The Demands of Scientific and Religious Knowledge in Everyday Decisions or “She Blinded Me With Science!” and Deciding Whether to Wear Checks with Stripes
11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • Johnny Lin, Senior Lecturer Computing and Software Systems Division, University of Washington, Bothell; Affiliate Professor of Physics and Engineering, North Park University
  • Response by Linda Eastwood, Adjunct Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Discussion

12:30–1:45 pm
Lunch in N-1

Eighth Session – “A Rock of Offense”: The Problem of Scripture in Science and Theology
1:30–3:00 pm
  • Hans Madueme, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
  • Response by Yoojin Choi, Associate Professor of Biology, North Park University
  • Discussion

3:10 pm Closing Worship: Kirk Wegter-McNelly, Wold Visiting Professor, Union College

Previous Symposium Topics

  • 2010: Atonement
  • 2011: Money and Possessions
  • 2012: Family
  • 2013: Urban Ministry
    Videos of the sessions from this event are available at CovChurch.tv.
  • 2014: The Human Encounter with God
    Videos of the sessions from this event are available online.
  • 2015: Race and Racism
    Videos of the sessions from this event are available online.

For more information about the Symposium, please contact Guylla Brown in the Office of the Seminary Dean via email at gbrown@northpark.edu or at (773) 244-6214.