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Welcome to the third edition of the CTNS E-News. We trust you will find here not only information from CTNS and its associates, but also will be intrigued with a new feature beginning with this edition. In each issue an academic paper of interest to you as CTNS members will be available here. We trust that by featuring scholarly articles in each edition, more science and religion dialogue will develop.

Contents

>CTNS Journal, Theology and Science will Publish Three Issues per Year
>New CTNS Membership Feature Begins in 2005

>Theology and Science October 2004 Volume 2, No. 2 Models True Dialogue

>CTNS Graduate Fellowships Announced
>'Theology and the Sciences in Search of Meaning: Wolfhart Pannenberg's
Theology and Philosophy of Science",
By Nathan J. Hallanger, Graduate Theological Union
>CTNS Salutes Donors to the CTNS Graduate Fellowship Fund

>2004 CTNS J. K. Russell Fellowship Events Report
>J. K. Russell Fellowship Fund Passes Half-Way Mark; Thank you, Donors!

>AAR/SBL Participants Invited to Reception on November 20

>Offer of Free 6-Month Subscription to Science and Theology News

> Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy due out Soon

>The Inside Scoop: Bob Russell's lecture; Teaching in Berkeley; Staff News

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CTNS Increases Theology and Science to Three Issues per Year and Offers Members New Features Effective 2005

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences ( CTNS ) announces that it is increasing production of its two-year old peer-reviewed journal, Theology and Science, from two issues per year to three issues per year effective March 2005. CTNS's publishing partner, Taylor and Francis, UK, a division of Routledge Publishing, reports that increased production is clearly warranted after only two years of publication because of the notable subscription response. CTNS would like to thank Theology and Science readers for their support and input as the dialogue continues.

CTNS Founder and Director, and Theology and Science co-editor, Robert John Russell says, "I'm delighted that, through the dedicated work of the CTNS team and the excellent staff at Taylor & Francis, our journal will begin its third year with three issues per volume: a 50% increase over its first two years.  I know CTNS members will join me in supporting this extraordinary scholarly addition to the growing field of theology and science by inviting others to become CTNS members and receive the journal in print and on-line, and by contributing articles and suggestions to our journal staff."

Theology and Science
debuted in April 2003 with its 140 page premier edition of Volume 1, Number 1. Its Editorial Advisory Board consists of over 50 internationally recognized scholars in science and religion. Editorial Advisory Board member V.V. Raman of the Rochester Institute of Technology, says about the journal, “I would say that in the course of its brief history thus far, Theology and Science has done admirably well by reaching a global audience on a variety of issues of scholarly interest in the field, with articles from authors well known and little known, and promises to be a major player in this newly emerging field.” Another member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Karen Lebaczq, of the Pacific School of Religion, also praises the journal: “I come from a family of scientists who felt they had to reject religion in order to be scientific. As one who searches for truth wherever it can be found, I have found this frustrating. It is therefore a joy to find a forum where scientists and religious scholars can have serious discussion over everything from concrete social issues, such as stem cell policy, to underlying metaphysical questions, such as the nature of time and space."

With topics ranging from physics and cosmology to evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience and the environmental sciences, Theology and Science examines scientific discoveries from both Christian and multi-religious perspectives. The journal provides a critical and comprehensive collection of articles that promote the creative mutual interaction between the natural sciences and theology. CTNS members receive both the printed and on-line versions of Theology and Science .

According to Co-Editor Ted Peters, “ The pages of Theology and Science provide thoughtful analyses of the cutting edge issues in the dialogue of natural scientists with theologians, religious studies scholars, and ethicists. Leading thinkers are met with critical reviews of their work; and they respond with defense or revision of their views. This journal is the pioneer of the rapidly advancing frontier in this exciting field."

The journal is co-edited by: Ted Peters, Professor of Systematic Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (pictured left); and Robert J. Russell, Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, Graduate Theological Union and Founder and Director, The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (pictured right).

Scholars wishing to submit articles for consideration may contact Whitney Bauman, Managing Editor, Theology and Science by emailing: theology-science@ctns.org or writing to Theology and Science, CTNS, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709 USA .

Fifty-Two Issues of CTNS Bulletin Soon to be On-Line for CTNS Members

As an additional CTNS members-only benefit, Volumes 10 through 22 of The CTNS Bulletin, (the predecessor to Theology and Science ), have been converted to PDF files and can be viewed on the CTNS web site effective early 2005. Those wishing to renew their memberships or join CTNS for 2005 will have only a slight increase in membership fees to offset the added journal issue and on-line features. CTNS Founder and Director, Robert J. Russell remarks, “CTNS anticipates that many CTNS members as either interested individuals, graduate students or scholars, will benefit from this outstanding on-line resource of fifty-two complete issues of the CTNS Bulletin. This membership-only resource significantly increases the current membership benefits of CTNS.”
To renew your membership, look for the renewal letter coming in the mail, or visit: www.ctns.org/renew.html and click on the 2005 membership button.

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October issue of Theology and Science Models Genuine “Dialogue”

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences is pleased to announce publication of the October 2004 issue of Theology and Science (Volume 2, Number 2). In an effort to promote genuine dialogue on topics within the field, the editors of Theology and Science have solicited responses (and counter-responses) to several of the articles in the April 2004 issue (Volume 2, Number 1). Responses to Wesley Wildman's article on the CTNS /Vatican Observatory “Divine Action Project,” an article by David Ray Griffin on “Scientific Naturalism,” and an article by Patrick Frank on “The Assumption of Design” will be published. Readers are invited to respond to the main articles in each issue, in the hope of continuing the dialogues.

The October 2004 issue of Theology and Science also includes, quite by “chance”, three new articles dealing with causality and divine agency. Derek Jeffreys' article (followed by a response from Nancey Murphy ) critiques the idea of “non-reductive physicalism” and suggests that “non-reductive physicalists” might learn from a Thomistic understanding of causality. Sobhi Rayan's article deals with the concepts of causality as it was developed by al-Ghazali. Finally, Robert Ulanowits posits a “process ecology” model for understanding divine agency.

The October 2004 issue is being mailed now, so look for your copy in your mailbox. If you do not receive your copy by November 15, contact CTNS via email or telephone (510) 848-8152. To access the complete journal articles on-line, you will need your user name and password. Visit www.ctns.org for that information.

Please send editorial comments or suggestions to: theology-science@ctns.org .
For more information visit www.ctns.org/publications.html or call CTNS at 510-848-8152 or the CTNS Publications office at 510-649-2561.

-- Whitney Bauman , Managing Editor, Theology and Science

Some of the Theology and Science team: (L to R) Whitney Bauman, Ted Peters and James Haag. Not pictured: Robert Russell and Lou Ann Trost.

 

CTNS Graduate Fellowships Announced

On October 8, 2004, in coordination with the Annual J. K. Russell Research Conference events of The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, founder and director, Robert J. Russell, surprised two doctoral students by revealing their names as the first Graduate Student Fellowship recipients! Doctoral students, Nathan John Hallanger and Nancy Wiens St. John were chosen on the basis of their ability to do promising research on issues of theology and science.

A long-time goal of the Center was finally realized with the establishment of this fund in the autumn of 2003. The CTNS Board of Directors chose to use the occasion of the CTNS-hosted conference on the work of Ian G. Barbour in October 2003 to kick start this fund. As the “father and pioneer of the current science and religion dialog”, Ian's desire was to encourage budding graduate students in theology and science.

Application to this year's competition was open to students in any area of study in the Graduate Theological Union doctoral program whose research focuses on theology and science. Students were invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a sample of their best writing in theology and science, and a statement of 1000 words about their research topic and methodology. This year, two awards of $500 each were made: one for a student who is working on their comprehensive exams at an advanced level (the equivalent of the "special comprehensive exams" in the Area of Systematic and Philosophical Theology) and one who has finished their comprehensive exams and is working on their dissertation or dissertation proposal. The awards were given on the basis of academic excellence. A committee of scholars reviewed the applications and selected the above students.

To date, nearly $26,000 towards a goal of $50,000 has been raised. CTNS hopes to continue to build up this fund, so the principal can remain intact while the interest is used for future annual student fellowship awards.

This quarter, we will feature the paper (his comprehensive examination) submitted by Nathan Hallanger, titled "Theology and the Sciences in Search of Meaning: Wolfhart Pannenberg's Theology and Philosophy of Science." In the next E-News, we will feature the paper that Nancy Wiens St. John submitted. [More... ]

"Theology and the Sciences in Search of Meaning: Wolfhart Pannenberg's Theology and Philosophy of Science", By Nathan John Hallanger
In 1931 the German philosopher and theologian Heinrich Scholz wrote an article titled, “Wie ist eine evangelische Theologie als Wissenschaft möglich?” in which he examined the criteria for scientific thinking and the possibility of theology as a science.[1] Scholz developed six criteria by which one could judge whether a field of inquiry could be deemed properly “scientific.”  Eight years later, Scholz' colleague at Münster would criticize Scholz in the first volume of his newly published Church Dogmatics.[2]  Karl Barth assessed the applicability of Schulz' criteria for theology, and concluded that the result would be “unacceptable” for theology.[3]  Further, Barth argues, “If theology allows itself to be called, or calls itself, a science, it cannot in so doing accept the obligation of submission to standards valid for other sciences.”[4]  If theology is to be a science, then faithfulness to the object of its inquiry is the sole criterion for scientific inquiry.[5] More...

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CTNS Salutes Donors to the Graduate Student Fellowship Fund

Ms. Anne Bade
Mrs. Jean M. Benninghoff
Mrs. Elizabeth Q. Bjorkman
Dr. John B. Cobb Jr.
Dr. Mary K. Cunningham
Mr. Victor N. Goulet
Mr. William J. Houghton
Dr. Jerry Irish
Dr. Paul H. Lange
Rev. Dr. John C. Polkinghorne
Mr. Wilson Riles
Rev. Thomas M. Ross
Dr. Robert J. Russell
Rev. Charlotte Russell
Mr. Edwin E. Schoenberger
Mr. Martin V. Skewes-Cox
Dr. Jacqueline A. Stewart
Rev. Dr. Brian Stratton
Rev. John E. Turpin
Dr. Kirk Wegter-McNelly

Corporate Donors

Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
John Templeton Foundation
Minuteman Press/ Berkeley Printing, LLC

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2004 Annual Russell Fellowship Discusses Emergence and Complexity

The 2004 J. K. Russell Research Fellow, Niels Henrik Gregersen, Systematic Theology Professor from Denmark, recently spent ten days in Berkeley, co-teaching at Bob Russell and Ted Peters' GTU doctoral seminar, presenting a public forum and speaking to over thirty-five participants at the all day research conference. Conference respondents Philip Clayton, Nancey Murphy, Ted Peters and Bob Russell offered challenges and lively discussion. A report which documents the conference and discussion is available on the web site of Science and Theology News November 2004 edition.

A future edition of the CTNS journal, Theology and Science will feature articles from the research conference.
The annual J.K. Russell Fellowship in Religion and Science was created in memory of John K. Russell (1896-1958). Mr. Russell, born of Italian immigrants, was an industrial engineer and humanitarian.

J. K. Russell Research Fellowship Fund Passes Half-way Mark!
CTNS Salutes its Donors!

The Annual J. K. Russell Research Fellowship was established at CTNS in early 1981 in memory of the late John K. Russell. Mr. Russell was the father of CTNS founder and director, Robert J. Russell, and husband of Arden Russell. Since its founding in 1981, Arden Russell has played a key role in supporting the vision and mission of CTNS as one of its key private benefactors. Arden's principal interest has been the Fellowship, which brings internationally known scholars in religion and science to the GTU each year. While in residence at CTNS, the Research Fellow meets with doctoral and seminary students on the GTU campus, co-teaches a class with Bob Russell, and gives a special public lecture. However, the major component of the Fellow's residency is a day-long research conference in which the Fellow presents a research paper, followed by responses from key scholars in the field. The Fellow's research paper is published in Theology and Science (or previously in the CTNS Bulletin). These annual conferences are attended by professionals and graduate students as well as those in the general public interested in this high level of academic discourse.

For the past two decades, Arden Russell's annual gifts were used to cover fellowship-related costs. During this time they have totaled over $165,000. Following Arden 's death in May, 2004, the CTNS Executive Committee established a special restricted fund to honor Arden and to insure the continuation of this annual program. The initial goal for this fund is $50,000. To date, $19,000 has been raised. The annual yield from this fund will be earmarked to help cover the costs of the Fellowship.

Those who have contributed to this fund in 2004 are listed below. The Board of Directors and the staff at CTNS extend sincere and heartfelt appreciation to these donors for their vision and generosity. Their gifts will help to ensure that the annual J. K. Russell Research Fellowship will be a permanent major annual event in the field of science and religion.

2004 Donors to J. K. Russell Fellowship Fund
Anonymous (2)
Rev. Dr. Ian G. Barbour
Dr. George Ellis
Mr. Herman Essen and family
Mr. William H. and Mrs. Carol A. Frank
The Jesuit Community at the Vatican Observatory
Dr. Karen Lebacqz
Dr. Ernan McMullin
Dr. Nancey C. Murphy
The Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr.
Mr. Wiley S. and Mrs. Marilyn M. Obenshain, Jr.
Dr. Ted Peters
Rev. Dr. W. Mark Richardson
Rev. Barbara A. Roche
Mr. John J. Roche
Rev. Charlotte Russell
Dr. Robert John Russell
Ms. Jean L. Smith
Ms. Kathryn Smith
Ms. Betty E. Stott
Mrs. Eleanor H. Swent
Dr. Charles H. Townes
Dr. Thomas F. Tracy
Mr. Greg Zuschlag

CTNS Also expresses appreciation to local corporate sponsors who helped to offset some of the expenses of the recent 2004 Fellowship: The Berkeley Marina Doubletree Hotel, Bubi's Deli, Café and Catering, The Graduate Theological Union, and Minuteman Press.

We invite you to join with us in making a donation towards this fund which may be mailed to CTNS, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 USA and earmarked “Russell Fellowship Memorial Fund.” You are also welcome to donate to this fund on-line using Pay Pal. Visit www.ctns.org

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Attending AAR/SBL? You are Invited!
CTNS will again be co-hosting a joint reception during the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature professional meetings in San Antonio. IRAS (Institute on Religion in an Age of Science www.iras.org), ZCRS (Zygon Center for Religion and Science www.zygoncenter.org) and CTNS are hosting the reception on Saturday, November 20 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Conference Room 8 of the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. At 8:00 pm, representatives from IRAS, ZCRS and CTNS will make a presentation about their respective organizations. Please join us!

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Ian G. Barbour Festschrift Due out Soon
CTNS staff and editor, Bob Russell are in "pins and needles" waiting to hear from Ashgate, UK, as to the ship date of Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy. We hope to receive it by the end of November. This volume brings together nineteen leading scholars in the field to offer an appreciative yet critical assessment of the impact of Barbour's work on science and religion and to point ahead towards future critical areas, goals and tasks that await new research and visionary exploration. The book will be available in paperback or hardback. More information and the ability to pre-order through Ashgate may be found via www.ctns.org/barbour/festschrift.html

The Inside Scoop

Robert Russell's Witherspoon Lecture Report
The Summer edition of CenTerlings, the newsletter of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, features an article on Robert Russell's January, 2004 Witherspoon lecture. This lecture series is funded to "realize the Center's chartered concern for conversation between the modern sciences and theology." Bob spoke on the role of "natural evil" in biological evolution: suffering, disease, death and extinction in nature. Natural evil in turn raises the problem of theodicy: why does God permit billions of years of suffering and death in nature; more problematically, if God works through the processes of evolution is God the cause of natural evil?  Bob's response is based on a combination of kenosis, God suffering with nature, and eschatology, God transforming nature into the new creation based on the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.  Following the lecture, discussion included a friendly exchange between Bob and physicist Freeman Dyson, who was a Witherspoon lecturer in 2003. CTI plans to make Bob's lecture available on their web site in the future. www.ctinquiry.org/

CTNS Teaching at the Graduate Theological Union
Bob Russell and Ted Peters are currently co-teaching the course, "The History of Theology 1965 to Today." The course is an intensive reading course with lecture and discussion on Roman Catholic and Protestant Theologians from Vatican II to the present, with special attention to the task, method, and context of theology. Bob Russell is Director of CTNS and Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, Graduate Theological Union and Ted Peters is Professor of Systematic Theology and Interim President, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Former SSQ Program Director Moves On
Jim Schaal, former program director of the CTNS program, Science and the Spiritual Quest (SSQ), left CTNS this Summer to begin graduate work in Chicago. Jim has begun the M.Div. program at the University of Chicago, after being recognized by the university for his academic scholarship. Some of Jim's work these past 10 months as CTNS Special Projects Director centered around utilizing content from the SSQ program into future projects, on-line resources and co-editing with Philip Clayton, a forthcoming book from the SSQ program, Practicing Science, Living Faith: Twelve Scientists in the Quest for Integration (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2005). It is a collection of interviews with twelve SSQ scientists such as Jane Goodall, Ursula Goodenough, Pauline Rudd, and Robert Pollack. The interviewees include Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. The interviews focus on themes of practice and ethics in science and religion.

Feedback
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