Advanced Seminars

Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2017

Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of CancerDrs. Leonard Hummel and Lea SchweitzMonday Evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, September 11 through December 4, 2017Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

ADVANCED SEMINAR IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE – FALL 2017 EXPLORING THE BOOK OF URBAN NATURE Chaired by Drs. Leonard Hummel and Lea Schweitz Monday Evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM,…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2016

Exploring the Book of Urban NatureDr. Lea SchweitzMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12 through December 5, 2016Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

ADVANCED SEMINAR IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE – FALL 2016 EXPLORING THE BOOK OF URBAN NATURE Chaired by Dr. Lea Schweitz Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12, 2016,…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2015

Purpose and process in science and theology: the history, science and theology of the design argument(s) and the idea of “teleology” in creationRev. Dr. Linda EastwoodMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 14 through December 7, 2015Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

The “design argument” – the idea that God designed the world – has a long history. It was taken for granted for centuries as part of natural theology. Currently, it…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2014

RELIGIOUS NATURALISM: WHERE IT’S COME FROM, WHERE IT’S GOING, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THEOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE?Michael Hogue and Lea SchweitzMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 8 through December 1, 2014Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

‘Naturalism’ is notoriously difficult to define.  From within the cluster of contemporary naturalisms, religious naturalism has emerged as an attempt to synthesize religion and science with ethical, theological, practical, and…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2013

Current Landscapes in Religion and ScienceJennifer Baldwin, Lea Schweitz and Gayle WoloschakMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 9 through December 2, 2013Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

This fall, the Advanced Seminar will investigate and assess the current “state of the field” of religion and science. In recent years, there have been a growing number of introductions,…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2013

Situated Brain and MindPhilip Hefner and Mladen TurkMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, February 4 through May 6, 2013Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Since 1965, an advanced seminar on religion in the context of the sciences has been offered for faculty, students, and professionals in the Chicago area. The seminar was founded by…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2012

Surveying the Interface of Humans and (Other) AnimalsPhilip Hefner and Paul HeltneMonday Evenings 6:30 PM — 9:30 PM, January 31 through April 30, 2012Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

“Surveying the Interface of Humans and (Other) Animals” – the title of the 2012 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science plays on the differences we make between the human animal…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2011

Perspectives on Humanity: Evolution, Enhancement, Biotechnology, and TheologyPhilip Hefner and Lea F. SchweitzMonday Evenings 6:30 PM — 9:30 PM, January 31 through May 2, 2011Common Room 350, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

This seminar focuses on three areas of scientific research that promise to change our perspectives on humanity: Scientific and technological approaches to human enhancement, including “transhumanism” Bioengineering, synthetic biology, and…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2010

Science Explores the Inner SelfPhilip Hefner and Lea F. SchweitzMonday Evenings 6:30 PM — 9:30 PM, February 1 through May 3, 2010Common Room 350, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Scientific research is moving decisively into the area of the “inner self”—including emotions, morality, love, sociality, and the workings of the mind.  This domain has traditionally been at the heart…

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Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2009

Religion and Science through the Pages of Zygon: Journal of Religion and SciencePhilip Hefner and Gayle WoloschakMonday Evenings 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM, February 2 through May 4, 2009Common Room 350, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

“Religion and Science through the Pages of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science“—this is the theme for the 2009 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science.  Established in 1965, Zygon is…

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