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On the Origin of Life: A Scientific Perspective Christopher Shingledecker Benedictine College Developments in the field of biology in the early 20th century began to reveal that cells, and by extension the bodies of all organisms, are comprised of what are, essentially, molecules – undoubtedly complex ones, though molecules nonetheless. This realization led to a … Read more
Causes and the Origin of Life: Philosophy of Nature, Metaphysics, and Theology William Carroll Zhongnan University For many, there seems to be a strict disjunction: either we seek to explain the origin of life in terms of purely natural processes or we appeal to some kind of divine intervention that bridges the distinction between the … Read more
Apes, Hominins, and the Scientific Evidence for Human Origins Kieran McNulty University of Minnesota The subject of human origins has been a focus of curiosity and imagination since well before Darwin, and very likely since our ancestors first became sapient. This talk will review the current scientific evidence documenting the nature and timing of human … Read more
The Origin of the Human Species: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives Mariusz Tabaczek, OP Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) The encounter of philosophical, theological, and biological views on anthropogenesis inspired the most emotional reactions to evolutionary theory and posed a considerable challenge to systematic and philosophical theology. The history of the conversation between scientific … Read more
Can Nature be ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’ in the Thought of Augustine? Stanley Rosenberg University of Oxford Can a Christian account of evil accept an understanding of nature as ‘red in tooth and claw’ from the outset? At the core of Augustine’s theology, and the theological systems that shape the Augustinian tradition, is an … Read more
Fallen Angel Theodicies: A Philosophical Assessment Kent Dunnington Biola University This talk offers a philosophical assessment of fallen angel theodicies. Fallen angel theodicies are a class of theories that try to explain the existence of some class of evil, typically so-called “natural evil”, by appeal to the sinful and destructive acts of Satan and other … Read more
The Faith of Adam in Paradise. Imagining Original Justice with Aquinas Piotr Roszak Nicolaus Copernicus University The description of paradise in Aquinas’s theology is based on the category of rectitudo, which points to the state of a man living in what is called “original justice” in a realistic, not merely symbolic, way. Due to its … Read more
On the Death of Adam and Eve Randall Rosenberg Saint Louis University In the wake of modern evolutionary biology, it seems difficult to understand biological death as the consequence of human sin, since God seems to have used such death as the means for creating new forms of life. Yet, Christian theology poses a tension. … Read more
Big Bang Cosmology and Christianity Karin Öberg Harvard University Image by Andrei Savitsky, Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
Teleology, Providence, and Predestination Andrew Pinsent University of Oxford Image by Andrei Savitsky, Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
Telos in Contemporary Biology and the Relevance of Aristotle Spyridon Koutroufinis Technische Universität Berlin Image by Andrei Savitsky, Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
Does teleology prove the existence of God or does God prove the existence of teleology? Mariusz Tabaczek, OP Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) Image by Andrei Savitsky, Courtesy of Nikon Small World.