Please join us for the opening lecture and discussion with Rev. Dr. Linda Eastwood (chair for the 2015 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science lecture series and graduate seminar), for a lecture titled:
Purpose and Process in Science and Theology: Historical and contemporary contexts.
Lecture topic: As overview and background for the fall 2015 Advanced Seminar series, we’ll start by briefly reviewing the history of various forms of the Design Argument for the existence of God. A major strand of current theological thinking sees broad “directionality” (rather than fixed design) in ongoing creation. Such ideas fall between the “rock” of Creation Science / Intelligent Design and the “hard place” of a “new atheist” genetic determinism. We’ll consider some of the questions that we might be asking as we listen to the mostly middle-ground ideas to be presented through this series.
Speaker bio: Linda Eastwood, Ph.D., M.Div., serves as Affiliate Faculty in Science and Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. She is by background a physicist, having worked for 25 years in various roles in the development of medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). She is now an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) She teaches Science and Religion at McCormick Theological Seminary, at the Reformed University in Barranquilla, Colombia, S. America, and in Chicago-area churches. She is continuing her theological studies with focus on creation, evolution and teleology. She also serves on the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy of the PC (USA), on the board of the Chicago Religious Network on Latin America, and on the National Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
Presented as part of the lecture series and graduate seminar: