Princeton Seminary’s professor of theology and science, and codirector of the
Science for Ministry Institute, will discuss the evolution of religion—
NJ, May 9, 2012–Dr.
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary’s James I. McCord
Professor of Theology and Science, and codirector of the Science for Ministry
Institute, will give a public lecture at Princeton Seminary on Wednesday, June
6 at 7:00 p.m. titled “The Evolution of Religion: Interdisciplinary
Perspectives on the Emergence of Self.” The lecture, part of the Science for
Ministry Institute, will take place in Stuart Hall, Room 6, on the Seminary’s
campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Huyssteen’s area of special interest is interdisciplinary
theology, including religious and scientific epistemology. He teaches courses on the role of
worldviews in theological reflection, theology and the problem of rationality,
theology and cosmology, and theology and evolution.
is the author of Alone in the World?
Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Company, 2006), for which he was named the first recipient of the Andrew
Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize, The Shaping of
Rationality: Toward Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Science (Wm. B.
Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999), and Duet
or Duel? Theology and Science in a Postmodern World (SCM/Trinity Press,
1998). He coedited with Roger Trigg as part of the Ashgate Science and Religion
Series: Anna Case-Winters, Reconstructing
a Christian Theology of Nature: Down to Earth (Adlershot: Ashgate Press,
2007), and edited two volumes of The
Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (Macmillan Publishers, 2003).
delivered the Gifford Lectures—one of the most prestigious honors in Scottish
academia—in 2004, titled “Alone in the World? Science and Theology on Human
in the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and a native of that country, van
Huyssteen holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch in
South Africa, and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Vrije Universiteit
Amsterdam. He is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Metanexus Institute
of Science and Religion, an advisor for The Centre of Christian Studies at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong, a life member of the American
Theological Society, and of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England,
and of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, a founding member of the
International Society of Science and
Religion, and a life member of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He serves on the editorial boards
of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, the Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, and the
Journal of Theology and Science. He is a member of the editorial board
of the Templeton Foundation Press, and coeditor (with Roger Trigg) of Ashgate
Press’ Science and Religion Series. Van Huyssteen is also coeditor, with
Moroccan astrophysicist Kahlil Cham-Cham, of the new Templeton Science and
Science for Ministry Institute is sponsored by the School of Christian Vocation
and Mission and is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. It is
a unique program that brings together pastor-scientist pairs from churches and
other ministry contexts for educational experiences designed to promote
productive theological engagement with the sciences at the local level. In its final
year, the program is now open and accepting applications from individuals, in
addition to participant pairs. Click here for more information about the Science for
Ministry Institute, call 609.497.7990, or email.
Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by the
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional
school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial, Princeton is the
largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in
six graduate degree programs.