Boyle Lecture 2012

TUesday 31st january 2012 at 6.00pm

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lecturer: professor celia deane-drummond

‘Christ and Evolution: A Drama of Wisdom?’

Responder: professor Fount LeRon Shults

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Professor Fount LeRon Shults
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond is currently professor in theology at the University of Notre Dame. She took up this position in August 2011 and was elected Fellow of the Eck Institute for Global Health at Notre Dame in September 2011.

She graduated in natural sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University before turning her attention to theology, obtaining a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University.

During her scientific career Professor Deane-Drummond has lectured both nationally and internationally and published over thirty scientific articles. She has published numerous articles and books, as well as editing collections and contributions to books, focusing particularly on the engagement of systematic theology and the biological sciences, alongside practical, ethical discussion in bioethics and environmental ethics. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on all areas relating theology and theological ethics with different aspects of the biosciences, especially ecology and genetics.

From 2000 to 2011 she held a professorial chair in theology and the biological sciences at the University of Chester. In May 2011 she was elected chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment. She was editor of the international journal Ecotheology from 2000 to 2006. From July 2009 to July 2010 she was seconded to the spirituality team at the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD), working in the area of environmental justice and climate change.

Since 1992 Professor Deane-Drummond has published as a single author or as an editor twenty two books, as well as thirty three contributions to books and forty three articles in areas relating to theology or ethics. Her most recent books include Creation through Wisdom (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000), Brave New World (London: Continuum, 2003) ReOrdering Nature (London: Continuum 2003), The Ethics of Nature (Oxford: Blackwells, 2004) Wonder and Wisdom: Conversations in Science, Spirituality and Theology (London: DLT, 2006), Genetics and Christian Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Future Perfect: God, Medicine and Human Identity, edited with Peter Scott (London: Continuum, 2006, 2n edn. 2010), Ecotheology (DLT/Novalis/St Mary’s Press, 2008), Christ and Evolution: Wonder and Wisdom (Minneapolis: Fortress/London: SCM Press, 2009), Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals, edited with David Clough (London: SCM Press, 2009), Seeds of Hope: Facing the Challenge of Climate Justice (London: CAFOD, 2010), and Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere, edited with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (London, Continuum, 2011).

Fount LeRon Shults is professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. Before moving to Norway in 2006 he was professor of theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He has doctorates in philosophical theology (Princeton Theological Seminary) and educational psychology (Walden University), and much of his scholarly work has been explicitly interdisciplinary.

He has written, co-authored or edited 11 books, including Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Turn to Relationality (Eerdmans, 2003), The Faces of Forgiveness: Searching for Wholeness and Salvation (Baker Academic, 2003), Christology and Science (Ashgate, 2005), The Evolution of Rationality (Eerdmans, 2007), Philosophy, Science and Divine Action (Brill, 2009), and Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology (Eerdmans, 2011).

He has published about 60 book chapters or scientific articles in journals such as Studia Theologica, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie, Scottish Journal of Theology, Theological Studies, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, Theology and Science, Zygon Journal of Religion and Science, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and Brain, Religion and Behavior. Professor Shults is also the chief editor of the Brill book series Philosophical Studies in Science and Religion.

He is a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Science and Religion, and has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion at Boston University, and is writing on the implications of recent empirical findings and theoretical developments within the evolutionary and cognitive sciences for the discipline of theology.