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CTNS/GTU Conference to Discuss Dr. Russell’s Publications
December 8, 2007

You are invited to attend God’s Action in Nature’s World: Creative Mutual Interaction from Alpha to Omega, a conference sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

December 8, 2007 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Berkeley.

Bob RussellFor more than twenty-five years, Robert John Russell has been engaged in research and teaching focused on the creative mutual interaction between theology and the natural sciences.

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of his new book, Cosmology From Alpha to Omega: the Creative Mutual Interaction of Theology and Science (Selected Essays 1982-2007) (Fortress Press), and to celebrate the public phase of the Campaign to fund the Ian G. Barbour Chair in Theology and Science, this special event will assess Russell’s contributions in the areas of methodology in theology and science, divine action, creation and Big Bang / inflationary cosmology, natural evil, eschatology and the future of the universe and cosmology. Speakers also will discuss the recent Festschrift in Russell’s honor, God’s Action in Nature’s World, edited by Ted Peters and Nathan Hallanger.

CAO Book cover God's Action in Nature's World Book cover
Speakers are Ian G. Barbour, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society, Carleton College, Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary, William Stoeger, SJ, Vatican Observatory, Nancy Wiens, Spiritual Director, Presbyterian Church (USA), Michael Dodds, Dominican School of Philosophical Theology, Ted Peters, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union and Robert John Russell, Professor of Theology and Science in-Residence at the GTU and Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS).

The Ian G. Barbour Chair will be the cornerstone of the CTNS mission, ensuring the permanence of its central educational program. In an age when science is often seen to conflict with religion, the Chair, as a member of the GTU Core Doctoral Faculty, will Ian G. Barbour Chair campaign logocontinue to bring the natural sciences into the classrooms of GTU doctoral and seminary students in creative new ways. It will ensure that future generations of faculty and students may enter into the constructive dialogue between faith and science and be empowered for research, teaching and ministry. 

Dr. Ian G. Barbour is an unparalleled pioneer in science and religion. His1966 classic, Issues in Science and Religion, launched the recent era of scholarly study in this interdisciplinary field. His prolific writings over the past decades, including the two volume Gifford Lectures which dealt with ethics and technology as well as science and religion, have contributed enormously to the growing international, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue, and they continue to inspire both new and seasoned scholars. Dr. Barbour is a founding member of the CTNS Board of Directors and continues to serve as a visionary for CTNS’s mission and programs.

Registration: $15.00 per person for non-CTNS-Members. Make check payable to CTNS and earmarked "conference". You may also call or fax your registration and provide a Visa or Mastercard number. Please register or RSVP by December 4 if possible. Walk-in registrations will be accepted. (Brochure link on left has registration form).

No charge for CTNS members, but RSVP is requested by December 4.
Email: or call 510-649-2564.

CTNS Friends may join CTNS for 2008 now for free attendance at this conference.

The Graduate Theological Union
Richard S. Dinner Board Roomof the Hewlett Library
Top floor
2400 Ridge Rd (at Scenice and LeConte Avenues)
Berkeley, CA 94709

Unlimited street parking on Saturdays.

Map of the GTU Campus and Hewlett (GTU) LIbrary Board Room

Lodging option: Easton Hall of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

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