Epic of Creation – Fall 2011

Scientific, Biblical, and Theological Perspectives on Our Origins

Gayle Woloschak Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12 through December 5, 2011 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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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 Area School District. These discussions create furor with school boards and leave believers of many faith traditions confused.

The Zygon Center for Religion and Science in Chicago offers a unique resource in this situation: The Epic of Creation lecture series provides a thorough presentation of scientific, religious, and theological knowledge about the evolution of the universe, life and culture.

The Epic of Creation presents the scientific story of emergence and evolution from the beginning of the universe to the emergence of humans; interpretation of the biblical stories of creation; and theological reflection on creation and our origins. Prominent scientists tell the scientific story, which begins with the origins of the universe presented from a cosmological perspective. It continues through the origin of life on earth, the evolution of life to its present forms, and the development of humans, including brain evolution and the development of social structures. Religious scholars present a variety of reflections on the biblical creation stories. Theologians discuss how scientific and religious creation stories affect our sense of meaning today.

The Epic of Creation series was started by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science in 1989 and has been running annually since that time. Our speakers include top scientists and scholars from the University of Chicago, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Notre Dame University, McCormick Theological Seminary, DePauw University, and other distinguished institutions.

All Epic of Creation lectures are free and open to the public, and the series may be taken for course credit through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).

If you would like further information, please contact the Zygon Center for Religion and Science by phone 773-256-0670 or e-mail ZCRS@LSTC.edu or Epic@LSTC.edu

Epic of Creation Schedule - Fall 2011

September 12, 20116:30 pmThe Ongoing Creation of Stars, Planets, and, Possibly, LifeGrace Wolf-Chase, astrophysics, University of Chicago and Adler Planetarium
September 12, 20118:00 pmThe Quantum and the CosmosEdward “Rocky” Kolb, astrophysics, University of Chicago
September 19, 20116:30 pmThe Origin of It AllDan Hooper, astrophysics, University of Chicago
September 19, 20118:00 pmThe Story of Creation from Hydrogen to the EarthDonald York, astrophysics, University of Chicago
September 26, 20116:30 pmMolecular Evolution/Evolution of the Body PlanGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University
September 26, 20118:00 pmThe Origin of LifeTatjana Paunesku, molecular biology, Northwestern University
October 3, 20116:30 pm“What is a transitional form?” Or, why ‘mammal-like reptiles’ aren’t reptilesKenneth Angielczyk, Field Museum of Natural History
October 3, 20118:00 pmPrimate Precursors to Human BehaviorPaul Heltne, primatology, Chicago Academy of Sciences
October 10, 20116:30 pmThe Radiation of Genus Homo and the Origin of Modern HumansFred Smith, anthropology, Illinois State University
October 10, 20118:00 pmThe Evolution of Culture and the Capacity for Culture in the Human Descent LineWilliam Irons, anthropology, Northwestern University
October 17, 20116:30 pmThe Point of It All? Reading Purpose and Direction in the Universe StoryJ. Matthew Ashley, theology, University of Notre Dame
October 17, 20118:00 pmSocial and Cultural Responses to EvolutionBarbara Strassberg, sociology, Aurora University
October 24, 20116:30 pmThe Greco-Roman Context for New Testament Ideas of Cosmogony and CosmographyEdgar Krentz, New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
October 24, 20118:00 pmThe Ancient Near Eastern Background for Hebrew Conceptions of CreationBernard Batto, religious studies, DePauw University
October 31, 20116:30 pmThe New Testament on CreationEdgar Krentz, New Testament, LSTC
October 31, 20118:00 pm Human Salvation in the Epic of CreationKarl Peters, religion and philosophy, Rollins College
November 7, 20116:30 pmThe Epic of Creation and Interfaith DialogueJames F. Moore, theology, Valparaiso University
November 7, 20118:00 pmFrom the Enlightenment to Technoscience: Religion as a ProblemMladen Turk, religious studies, Elmhurst College
November 14, 20116:30 pmThe Qur’an and Evolution: Contemporary Muslim ResponsesGhulam-Haider Aasi, American Islamic College and LSTC
November 14, 20118:00 pmSocial Dimension of the EpicRichard Busse, theology, Zygon Center for Religion and Science
November 21, 2011No Lectures (Thanksgiving Break at LSTC)
November 28, 20116:30 pmReconstructing Human Nature: Knowing our PlaceAnna Case-Winters, theology, McCormick Theological Seminary
November 28, 20118:00 pmCreation and Wisdom (Proverbs and Psalms)Esther Menn, Old Testament, LSTC
December 5, 20116:30 pmThe Epic of Creation—What Does It Mean?Philip Hefner, theology, LSTC and ZCRS
December 5, 20118:00 pmPanel Discussion