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Evolution and Creation: A Dialogue Toward Ethics by Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.

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<June 2021>


Evolution and Creation: A Dialogue Toward Ethics by Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
The John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
12th-floor Lounge | Lowenstein Center
Lincoln Center Campus | 113 W. 60th St. | New York City

Title: Evolution and Creation: A Dialogue Toward Ethics
Speaker: Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Fordham University

"Ask the beasts and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth and they will instruct you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you ..." (Job 12:7-8)

Guided by this often unheeded biblical advice, this lecture will ask about the world we inhabit and listen to the answers of the gorgeous diversity of living species on this planet. Scientifically, they will say: we have evolved. Theologically, they will teach: we are God's beloved creation. At this time of undoubted ecological crisis, responsible dialogue between these two points of view invigorates ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to love for the living God. If one sees that the evolving community of life on Earth is a natural marvel which at the same time continues to be the dwelling place of the Spirit of God, and if one then realizes its ruination is a natural disaster as well as an unspeakable sin, then deep affection shown in action on behalf of eco-justice becomes essential for humans who wish to walk a religious path.


The Walton lectures and workshops aim to provide interested professionals in the New York area the opportunity to interact with scholars of the highest caliber concerning topics at the intersection of science, philosophy, and theology. Upcoming events consider current research on topics such as consciousness, free will, and their relation to states of the brain; rule-based ethics versus virtue-based ethics, and the role of science in contemporary society.Nov. 12 | 6:30 p.m.
What Is Wisdom? by Stephen Grimm, Ph.D.

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