Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2009

Religion and Science through the Pages of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science

Philip Hefner and Gayle Woloschak Monday Evenings 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM, February 2 through May 4, 2009 Common Room 350, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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“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 now in its forty-fourth year of publication as a premier international academic journal.  The entire corpus of articles is now available online, and it will serve as a resource for our seminar.  Attention will be devoted to the origins of the journal, its aims and guiding perspectives, and representative articles that have appeared over the years.  Each seminar session will be led by an author of the articles under consideration or by commentators who have specific competence in the area.  The life and thought of the founding editor, Ralph Wendell Burhoe, will receive special attention, along with that of his original colleagues in the venture.  Themes distinctive of Zygon‘s emphasis will also be included: cultural evolution, bioethics, neurotheology, sociobiology, quantum mechanics, and the use of metaphor.

Offered by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), the Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science is designed as a research seminar for faculty and graduate students.  Course credit is available via registration through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) or cross-registration through member schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS); the course number is LSTC T-672.  All participants, whether taking the seminar for credit or not, are asked to pre-register with the seminar chairs by contacting ZCRS at or 773-256-0670.  For more information about ZCRS, please visit  For more information about Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, visit

Advanced Seminar Schedule - Spring 2009

February 2, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMRalph Wendell Burhoe, The Founding ThinkerPhilip Hefner, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (emeritus) and ZCRS
February 9, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMThe Founding VisionKarl Peters, theology, Rollins College (emeritus)
February 16, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMReligion and Science: Categories of the RelationshipBarbar Strassberg, sociology, Aurora University
Lea Schweitz, theology and science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and ZCRS
February 23, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMCultural EvolutionPeter Richerson, cultural evolution, University of California, Davis
William Irons, anthropology, Northwestern University
Robert Glassman, psychology, Lake Forest College
March 2, 2009No Lectures (Reading Week at LSTC)
March 9, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMMedicine and Bio-EthicsStephen Modell, genetics policy and public health, University of Michigan
Gayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University, and ZCRS
March 16, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMA Biologist's Search for Religious Depth in NatureUrsula Goodenough, cell biology, Washington University in St. Louis
March 23, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMFeminism and the Religion and Science DialogueAnn Pederson, religious studies, Augustana College (Sioux Falls)
March 30, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMJames Ashbrook, Pioneer in NeurotheologyCarol Albright, religion and science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
David Hogue, pastoral theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
April 6, 2009Holy Week: No Lectures
April 13, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMQuantum Mechanics and TranscendenceLothar Schäfer, physical chemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Stanley Klein, physics, University of California, Berkeley
April 20, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMMetaphor and ConjectureMary Gerhart, religious studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (emerita)
Allan Russell, physics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (emeritus)
April 27, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMLocating Humans and Their Religion "The Sociobiological Breakthrough"Mladen Turk, theology, Elmhurst College
May 4, 20097:00 - 10:00 PMConclusions and Reflections
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