Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Re-imagining the Intersection of Evolution and the Fall

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Evanston, IL
March 26-28, 2015

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 we constructively address these difficult questions. We believe that cultivating an orthodox theological imagination can enable us to engage these tensions without simply giving up on confessional orthodoxy. This conference—and the interdisciplinary team behind it—sees the church’s ancient wisdom as a model and template for how to faithfully grapple with contemporary challenges.  In short, the theological tradition is a resource in the face of such challenges, not a millstone.

We also believe resources for constructive theological imagination are carried in the liturgical heritage of the church—in the worship practices and spiritual disciplines that enact the biblical story in ways that seep into our imagination, helping us see creative ways forward through this challenge. 

This conference will constructively grapple with difficult questions at the intersection of Christian orthodoxy and evolutionary science.  Plenary speakers for the conference include: 

William Cavanaugh, DePaul University
Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Notre Dame
Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University
Joel Green, Fuller Theological Seminary
Peter Harrison, University of Queensland
J. Richard Middleton, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College
Aaron Riches, Instituto de Filosofía ‘Edith Stein,’ Granada, Spain
James K.A. Smith, Calvin College
Brent Waters, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

Proposals for concurrent breakout sessions should be 500-600 words, clearly specifying the question(s) being addressed.  Papers should make original, creative contributions to the current state of the conversation and exhibit concern for the “ecclesial” context described above.  Proposals from a range of disciplines are both welcome and encouraged.  Outstanding contributions will be considered for inclusion in a projected book.  

Due date for proposals: November 7, 2014.  Proposals should be emailed (MS Word docs or PDFs) to  Notifications of acceptance will be sent by December 1, 2014.

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