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Research seminars

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmundís College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Easter term

Human Distinctiveness and the Origin of Evil in Biblical and Evolutionary Perspective.

Prof. J. Richard Middleton

Tuesday May 2, 2017

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Abstract

How can faithful Christians affirm the distinctive biblical view of humanity in Genesis 1:26-28 as created in God’s image (imago Dei) and yet hold to an evolutionary account of human origins? On the face of it this looks like a difficult, if not impossible, task. Not only does the claim of evolutionary descent seem to contradict the idea of human uniqueness, which is usually associated with the imago Dei, but Genesis 2 recounts God’s creation of an initial human pair, not a large population group, and the Bible makes no reference to earlier human ancestors.

Then there is the traditional picture, based on Genesis 3, of the initial human pair forfeiting a primal paradise through a single act of disobedience, which led to the introduction of death for both humans and the natural world. This certainly contradicts what science tells us about human origins and the nature of biological mortality.

 

Professor J. Richard Middleton will draw on his expertise as an Old Testament scholar to bear on the question of how we may take seriously the complexity of what Scripture says about the human condition, while fully embracing an evolutionary perspective on Homo sapiens.

 

Could it be possible that these texts, which are certainly not meant to teach science, can prime us theologically—in terms of our worldview—to be open to what evolutionary science tells us about ourselves.

Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: Investigating a Fruitful Universe.

Dr Jennifer Wiseman

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Transcending Nature? Christianity and Ecomodernism.

Dr Jonathan Moo

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN


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