You are invited to visit Northeastern Seminary on October 25–26 in Rochester, NY for an enriching time of discussion among theologians, biblical scholars, scientists, ecologists, pastors, students, and others.
Keynote Speaker—William Brown
Our keynote speaker is William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Brown’s expertise is in Old Testament theology, with a special emphasis on the ethical implication of creation themes. He has an abiding interest in the sciences and the science-theology conversation. He is the author of many books on biblical interpretation.
One of Brown’s best books, which is directly relevant to the theme of the conference, is The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University Press, 2010). In this book Brown examines seven different creation accounts in the Old Testament and imaginatively links them to his reflections on various aspects of the natural world that we have discovered through scientific exploration.
Brown’s Lectures at the Conference
Brown will give a public lecture in advance of the conference proper on Friday evening, October 25, on the topic of human evolution and the garden of Eden, entitled: “From Ardi to Adam: The Garden and Human Origins.”
The lecture begins at 7:30, but refreshments will be served from 7:00 pm.
The conference proper begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 26, with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 am.
After an opening liturgy, Brown will present a lecture on God’s speeches to Job from the whirlwind, entitled “Job, Astrobiology, and the Science of Awe.”
Thirty Conference Papers
After Brown’s morning lecture, there will be thirty papers presented in concurrent sessions during the day.
Here are some of the paper topics:
- Christ of the Neanderthals: Redefining the Imago Dei in Light of Modern Paleoanthropology
- Why Have You Forsaken Me? Dying in Ecology and Theology
- “When I Consider Your Heavens”: Cosmology and Worship in the Scientific Era
- Language, Empathy, and Morality: Adam’s Evolutionary Journey to Maturity and Guilt
- Experiments in Environmental Guerilla Journalism
- God Saw that It Was Good, the Problem of Evil, and a Scientifically Informed Theodicy
- The Chaotic Waters and the Womb: Pastoral Implications of Conceptual Metaphors surrounding Birth and Adoption in Science and Scripture
- Technology, Time, and Living the Sabbath
- God’s Agape/Multiple-Routes Design for the Universe
- Alterations in Times, Seasons, and Biblical Text: The Impact of Horological Science on the Interpretation and Translation of Scripture
- Servanthood and Service: The Challenges of Implementing Biblical Perspectives within Natural Resource Management
You can download the full schedule of papers here.
We hope you will join us for a time of engaging conversation with the keynote speaker, with paper presenters, and with other attendees.
There will be books by William Brown and some of the other conference speakers available for sale.
Registration and Accommodations
You can see the schedule for the day at the conference website, and here is the registration page.
There is a $20.00 registration discount available for members of the co-sponsoring organizations and for students and alumni of Northeastern Seminary.
Lunch is included in registration.
If you need to stay overnight in Rochester, here is a list of inexpensive accommodations nearby.
Co-Sponsorship of the Conference
This theology conference is one in a series of conferences co-sponsored by Northeastern Seminary and the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) over the last seven years.
Since this year’s conference will address the intersection of Scripture, theology, and the sciences, we are delighted to have three other co-sponsoring organizations, all of which address the the science-faith dialogue in helpful ways—the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, the American Scientific Affiliation, and BioLogos.
These organizations will have information tables at the conference.