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Seminars Related to "Human Origins" (2007-2008)

Related Seminars and Lectures
The Human Origins seminar series officially began in fall of 2010. However, some earlier seminars held at Calvin College and which are relevant to this topic are included on this web site:
| 2007-08 | 2008-09 | 2009-2010

September 28, 2007

"A Classical Christian Emergent Anthropology"

John Cooper, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary.

I'll argue that biblical anthropology presents a holistic or integral view of soul and body, but one in which persons can exist temporarily without earthly bodies. I'll then present a version of this anthropology – the generically Thomist view that that soul is the subsistent form (organizing, empowering principle) of the material body that constitutes humans as one spiritual-physical substance (not two-substance dualism) – a living organism with human capacities. But by God’s supernatural power, the soul can exist apart from the body between death and resurrection. (It is not naturally immortal.) I modify Thomism by opting for a traducian rather than a creationist view of the soul: the union of sperm and egg is not merely biological but produces a new spiritual-physical individual. The soul does not “emerge” and develop from mere physical stuff by metaphysical magic (as in physicalism), but because the person-spiritual capacities are potentially present from conception.
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October 12, 2007

"Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design, and Evolution"

Deborah Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy department, and Loren Haarsma, Physics and Astronomy department, Calvin College

FaithAlive Resources, the publishing ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, asked us to write a book “for the person in the pew” on issues of origins. In this short seminar, we’ll give an overview of the contents of the book and our writing approach, as well as answer audience questions. The book begins with chapters on God’s governance of natural processes, doing science as part of a Christian worldview, and interpretation of scripture. Other chapters review the scientific, theological, and worldview issues around the age of the Earth, the Big Bang, biological evolution, and intelligent design. The book ends with two chapters on several scientific and theological issues around human origins. (Read Calvin College’s press release.)
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