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Summer Seminar

Summer Seminar

PTE 682, 782: Seminar In Science & Theology (3 credits)

Topic: “Naturalism and Theism: Their implications and approaches with regard to Artificial Intelligence”

June 5th–July 28th on Mondays from 12-2 p.m. CST
and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. CST

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About the Course:

When ILT began, we thought that theology and science would be one of its deepest competencies. We put two courses in theology and science in the very first catalogs. There was both a course in theology and science and a seminar in theology and science. These were taught back in 2010 by Greg Peterson and George Tsakaridis. Dennis Bielfeldt taught theology and science 2-3 times at ILT, one in residence in the summer of 2018 or 2019 where there were about 8-10 people in attendance.

This seminar concentrates upon one area or problem in the science and theology discussion, to find parallels, similarities, differences, and in order to compare and contrast what we know concerning each. Topics will vary each time the seminar is offered, and students will have an opportunity to engage in directed reading and research on the topic at the annual Theology in Residence Gathering, even prior to the beginning of the seminar. The topic for this year’s seminar is “Naturalism and Theism: Their implications and approaches with regard to Artificial Intelligence.”

About the Professor:
Dan Hackmann is a Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute of Lutheran Theology and resides in Switzerland!


Upcoming Event:

Theology in Residence Gathering

The inaugural meeting of the Christ School of Theology’s Theology in Residence Gathering will take place in the week of June 12-17, 2023, in Brookings, SD.

Christ School of Theology students are invited to join fellow theologians, scholars, and faculty as they engage in personal theological research. Participants will pursue their individual, theological research efforts while refining their research through conversations with fellow scholars and on-site faculty, combined with guided academic coaching and research support from the Christ School of Theology Dean of Library and Research.

The emphasis for this year’s gathering is Theology and Science. Students in the Ph.D. program are encouraged to join us this year to study the relationship between theology and science, and the degree to which these scholarly disciplines are potentially complementary or compatible. Student research in theology and science will serve as preparation for and a prologue to the Seminar in Theology and Science offered this summer.


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