Encountering Mystery: How Science Can Lead Us Deeper into the Mystery of God

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/10/2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Location
First Presbyterian Church

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Encountering Mystery: How Science Can Lead Us Deeper into the Mystery of God
Twelfth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology
Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
Heidi Russell, Associate Professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago, IL

In this seminar, we will enter into mystery, experiencing the mystery of God in and through the mystery of creation. We will start with the very small – quantum mystery. What might quantum mysteries such as particle/wave complementarity teach us about what it means to be embodied spirits? What might quantum entanglement teach us about being community? Moving from the very small to the very large, we will engage the cosmological mystery. We might ask what is the Big Bang, and what might it mean theologically, if we live in a multiverse? Finally we will look at the mystery of who we are, the neurological mystery. Neuroscience has enabled us to delve into the mysteries of the human brain – how we think, how we feel, and how we relate. Understanding the mystery of who we are can help us relate to ourselves, one another, and our God.

Heidi Russell, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. She received her PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University and her MDiv/MA from Washington Theological Union. Her areas of research include Christian anthropology, Christology, Trinitarian theology, and a special interest in the relationship between science and theology, specifically in the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics. She is the author of Source of All Love: Trinity and Catholicity (2017), as well as Quantum Shift: Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science (2015) and The Heart of Rahner (2009). She has published articles in Theological Studies, Horizons, Science and Theology, Buddhist Christian Studies and Philosophy and Theology.

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