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Is Teleology a Four-Letter Word?, Dr. Cynthia Crysdale

October 26, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please join us for a lecture by guest speaker, Dr. Cynthia Crysdale:

Is Teleology a Four-Letter Word?

CynthiaChrysdaleLecture topic:  In the last century or more, the idea that creation is “headed somewhere” has come in for much criticism. Is there a “telos” toward which evolution is oriented?  A lot depends on which version of teleology one is assuming. Cynthia Crysdale contends, in her co-authored book Creator God, Evolving World, that Bernard Lonergan’s notion of “finality” can provide a concept of “directionality” without “determinism.” Perhaps there is an open-ended process driven toward system and coherence without being determined from the start.

Speaker bio:  Dr. Cynthia S.W. Crysdale is professor of Christian Ethics and Theology at the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Before going to Sewanee, Dr. Crysdale taught for eighteen years at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Crysdale graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada, with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Theology from St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.  Dr. Crysdale specializes in foundational theology and ethics, with an expertise on the work of Roman Catholic theologian, Bernard Lonergan. She has authored Embracing Travail: Retrieving the Cross Today (Continuum, 1999) and edited Lonergan and Feminism (University of Toronto Press, 1994). Her most recent publication is Creator God Evolving World, co authored with Neil Ormerod of the Australian Catholic University. She has authored numerous articles, which have appeared in such publications as the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Theoforum, Cross Currents, and Theological Studies. She is currently working on a book entitled Transformed Lives: Making Sense of Atonement Today, to be published by Church Publishing Inc.  Dr. Crysdale’s professional involvement includes membership in The American Theological Society, The American Academy of Religion, and The Canadian Theological Society.

Presented as part of the lecture series and graduate seminar:

2015 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science

Purpose and process in science and theology: the history, science and theology of the design argument(s) and the idea of “teleology” in creation.


October 26, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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