Monday, 18 March 2013

Easter Greetings from ICS!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24: 1-5

As you celebrate Easter, may God bless you with peace and happiness.

Beyond Galileo—to Chalcedon

ICS alumnus J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, has been invited to join a team of ten other Christian scholars from a variety of academic disciplines charged with working on a three-year communal research program that addresses evolution, the Fall, and original sin. The project, sponsored by the Colossian Forum on Faith, Science, and Culture, is co-led by another ICS alumnus, James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

The project, titled “Beyond Galileo—to Chalcedon: Re-imagining the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall,” has received funding by the Biologos Foundation.

Middleton is one of two biblical scholars on this team; the remaining scholars are scientists, theologians, and philosophers. Together their task is to explore a pressing question for the contemporary church:

  • If humanity emerged from non-human primates—as genetic, biological, and archaeological evidence seems to suggest—then what are the implications for Christian theology’s traditional account of origins, including both the origin of humanity and the origin of sin? 
  • The integrity of the church’s witness requires that it constructively address this difficult question. The team believes that cultivating an orthodox theological imagination can enable Christians to engage these tensions without giving up on confessional orthodoxy. So its confessional methodology is as central to the project as its topic.
Smith recently wrote an article in Christianity Today called “What Galileo’s Telescope Can’t See”, in which he vigorously defended the ability of Chalcedonian orthodoxy to fearlessly take account of whatever science discovers. As Smith put it: “We can boldly, imaginatively, faithfully, creatively tackle the most challenging issues, secure in the conviction that all things hold together in Christ.”

Reminder: Mar. 27 Public Lecture

The Good Society:
Why Bother with the Humanities in a Time of Crisis?

On March 27th ICS's Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) will be hosting a public lecture by Deborah Bowen, Professor of English at Redeemer University College.

The presentation is part of a series of lectures sponsored annually by the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities (ARCU). It will take place at 7:30 pm in the Soward Reading Room at Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave, Toronto. There will be time for discussion afterward, and this will be a great opportunity to engage with an important topic—the “Good Society”. We hope to see you there!