Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment
Friday, March 24, 2017, through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Goshen College, Goshen Indiana
The seventeenth annual Goshen Conference on Science and Religion will be held on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana Friday, March 24, 2017, through Sunday, March 26, 2017. The speaker for the 2017 conference will be Niels Gregersen of the University of Copenhagen. Gregersen will present three lectures on the following topcs:
- The Cosmic Christ: God in a World of Mass, Energy, and Information
- Christ and Biology: Creativity and Suffering in a World of Biological Agency
- Christ and Culture: The Jesus Story and the Cultivation of Commitment
Niels Henrik Gregersen
Niels Henrik Gregersen (born 1956) holds the PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1987). Since 2004 he has been Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen. He was Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (1986-1989), Associate Professor in Systematic Theology (1989-2000), and Research Professor in Theology & Science (2000-2004) at Aarhus University.
Gregersen has been a Fellow of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton since 1996, and the J.K. John Russell Fellow at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, October 2004 and 2013. He has received several international research awards, among them a research award of $100,000 from the John Templeton Foundation for his work on the constructive interface between science & religion.
He lectures widely in Europe and the USA, and has been invited to be the main speaker to major conferences in South Africa, Asia (China, Japan and South Korea), and in Australia. He writes in Danish, English and German, and has been translated into Swedish, French, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Gregersen's work focuses on two research fields:
(1) How to develop a constructive Christian theology in the context of secularized and multi-religious Western societies? Within systematic theology, he specializes in the theology of creation and Christology, but has written on most topics of Christian theology.
(2) How to bring about a mutual interaction between science and religion that also allows religious reflection to be an active player? Within the field of science and religion, he specializes in the philosophy of evolutionary biology and the sciences of complexity.
His list of publications contains more than 500 entries, including 5 books, 2 co-authored books and more than twenty edited volumes. He has published some 150 articles in Nordic, German and English books and journals.
The Midwest Religion and Science Society (MRSS) is an organization dedicated to the dialog between Religion and Science. A primary interest of the MRSS is Religion and Consciousness.
The MRSS has local chapters at Andrews University (MI), Bluffton University (OH), Bethel College (IN), Goshen College (IN), Manchester College (IN), the University of Notre Dame (IN), and the University of St. Francis (IN). There are two major meetings of the MRSS each year, one at Goshen College (March) and one at Andrews University (October).