The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Conference on Creation, Evolution, and God

Guerry Auditorium,

On Sept. 22, Dr. Cynthia Crysdale, professor of Christian ethics and theology, and the University of the South will present a daylong conference addressing the question of whether the classical Christian understanding of God as unchanging, omnipotent, and beneficent is still coherent in the face of modern scientific understanding of the cosmos. Crysdale and co-author Neil Ormerod, in their forthcoming book, Creator God, Evolving World, answer “Yes!” Despite claims that evolutionary science rules out belief in a transcendent God, or that we must now adjust our view of God to accommodate change, these scholars insist that modern science and traditional theology are completely compatible. These issues and their implications will be the focus of a series of presentations at the conference.

Conference speakers include the book's co-author Neil Ormerod, University professors, seminarians, School of Theology alumni/ae, and guest speaker John Haught, senior research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. The conference is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee and the Arrington Lecture Fund.

The conference will be held in Guerry Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a book signing in Convocation Hall. There is no fee to attend and the public is welcome.

In addition to his participation in the conference, John Haught will address the theological issues arising from the advent of evolutionary theory after Charles Darwin in a lecture titled God After Darwin on Sept. 21 from 3:30–5 p.m. in Hamilton Hall's Hargrove Auditorium. 

You can read complete details about the speakers and see the full schedule of the conference here.