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 Schweitz Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 8 through December 1, 2014 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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‘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 sometimes spiritual, implications.   This year’s Advanced Seminar will:

  • Explore the breadth of contemporary expressions of religious naturalism;
  • Situate religious naturalism with respect to competing and complementary expressions of scientific, ontological, methodological, and mystical naturalism;
  • Investigate historical genealogies of current religious naturalism; and
  • Analyze critically and constructively the variety of expressions and implications of religious naturalism.

 

Course Credit and Registration

Offered by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 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 CC601.  For more information, please visit www.zygoncenter.org.

Advanced Seminar Schedule - Fall 2014

DateTimeTopicSpeaker
September 8, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmIntroduction: Religious Naturalism: What Is It? Why Now? Michael Hogue, theology, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
Lea Schweitz, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
September 15, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmFilm & Discussion: Journey of the UniverseLea Schweitz, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
September 22, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmThe Competing Religious Naturalisms of Herbert Spencer and Frederic Harrison Beth Eddy, philosophy, religion, and culture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
September 29, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmBook Club Discussion: Ursula Goodenough’s The Sacred Depths of Nature, Chet Raymo’s When God is Gone, Everything is Holy, and Donald Crosby’s The Thou of Nature Lea Schweitz, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
October 6, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmRe-Enivisioning Nature: The Promises of an Alternative Religious WorldviewCarol Wayne White, religion, Bucknell University
October 13, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmReligion-and-Science and the Common Good
3rd Annual Pero Multicultural Center Lecture
Augustana Lutheran Church
5500 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Philip Hefner, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, ZCRS
October 20, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmReligious Naturalism: What It Can Be, and What It Need Not BeWesley Wildman, philosophy, theology, ethics, Boston University
October 27, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmBook Club Discussion:Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter and William Connolly's A World of BecomingLea Schweitz, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
November 3, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmNew Directions in Religious NaturalismMichael Hogue, theology, Meadville-Lombard Theological School
November 10, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmWhat’s the Religious Potential of Our Scientific Understandings of Nature? Ursula Goodenough, biology, Washington University
November 17, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmBook Club Discussion:TBDLea Schweitz, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
November 24, 2014No Lectures (Thanksgiving Recess at LSTC)
December 1, 20146:30 - 9:30 pmStudent Presentations
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