Presentation Starts Evolution, Theology Discussion

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Presentation Starts Evolution, Theology Discussion


Munger, Amanda, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


It's a good thing Gloria Schaab wears glasses.

They were the perfect prop during her speech "Science and Theology in Context: Seeing From Where We Stand" recently at Clarke University.

She pulled them off and put them back on to illustrate "changing lenses" - switching viewpoints between theology and science as she discussed a relationship between the two.

"Insights of evolutionary theory and Christian theology can serve as the interpretive context or lenses for reading or interpreting one another," she said.

Schaab, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and an associate professor of systematic theology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., was the university's speaker for Evolution Weekend. The weekend aims to show, through open conversation, that religion and science do not have to be adversaries.

Schaab concentrated on the evolutionary theory of emergence, which says that novel forms of life develop from more elemental forms of life.

"However, the novel life forms are not solely reducable to or fully explainable in terms of the forms that preceded them," she said. "Rather, emergent forms require new language and new concepts which are capable of describing them in accurate, non reductionist ways. In other words, it cannot escape its past when it moves into the future."

She said if Jesus of Nazareth is fully human, it means he bears a relationship of nature and being to all cosmic life forms that came before him and after him in the evolutionary unfolding of life. …

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