Past Programs

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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The Future of Creation 2014

Foundations for a Just and Sustainable WorldDr. Barbara Rossing and Dr. Gayle WoloschakMonday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, February 3 through May 5, 2014Room 208, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

To live faithfully in today’s world, we need to face today’s problems. At the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), we believe that community coalitions—between scientists and people of faith,…

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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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Future of Creation – Spring 2012

Foundations for a Just and Sustainable WorldBarbara Rossing and Gayle WoloschakTuesday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, January 31 through May 1, 2012Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

To live faithfully in today’s world, we need to face today’s problems. At the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), we believe that community coalitions—between scientists and people of…

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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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Epic of Creation – Fall 2011

Scientific, Biblical, and Theological Perspectives on Our OriginsGayle WoloschakMonday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12 through December 5, 2011Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Discussions about Intelligent Design and Creation Science continue to trouble media and the public even after the U.S. District Court declared Intelligent Design to be unconstitutional in Kitzmiller v. Dover…

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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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