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Science for Ministry

Science for Ministry Institute

Science and Scripture Public Lecture

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
7 p.m. in Stuart Hall (Room 6)
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary

This Bicentennial event will be streamed live. As well, a link to the event will be made available. Please email scvm@ptsem.edu for more information about viewing online.

Dr. J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary’s James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science, will give a public lecture at Princeton Seminary on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. on “The Evolution of Religion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emergence of Self.” In this lecture, Dr. van Huyssteen will evaluate the important current discussion on the evolution of religion and of the religious sense. He will argue that it is in the emergent self that we find answers to the theological impact of this important conversation.

The lecture, an official Bicentennial event, is free and open to the public. In-person registration is not required.

Speaker Bio

Ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and a native of that country, Dr. van Huyssteen holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. His areas of academic interest include theology and science, and religion and scientific epistemology.


Dr. van Huyssteen's major publications include:

  • Ashgate Science and Religion Series: Anna Case-Winters, Reconstructing a Christian Theology of Nature: Down to Earth, coedited with Roger Trigg. Series Editors. (Adlershot: Ashgate Press, 2007)
  • Alone in the World? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006)
  • The Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (Two volumes). Editor-in-chief. (Macmillan Publishers, 2003)
  • The Shaping of Rationality: Toward Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Science (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999)
  • Duet or Duel? Theology and Science in a Postmodern World (SCM/Trinity Press, 1998)

More about the Science for Ministry Institute

The 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 to promote productive theological engagement with the sciences at the local level.

For more information about the Science for Ministry Institute, please call the Erdman Center Front Desk at 609-497-7990 or write scienceforministry@ptsem.edu.