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2018 Klein S. Gilhousen Lecture

July 17, 2018   |  7:00-8:30 PM   |   Bozeman, MT

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Science in Theology, Theology in Science:

The Theory of Everything?

Discover how science and Trinitarian theology can coexist as two integral parts of the grand cosmic dance

YTI is excited to present the second annual Klein S. Gilhousen Lecture on Tuesday, July 17, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Bozeman, Montana. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Ross Hastings, who holds doctorates in chemistry and theology and is professor of theology and pastoral theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.

Beyond Conflict to Coinherence: Theology and Science, Each Not the Other, Each in the Other

This lecture re-imagines the universe (and the scientific study of it) through the lens of a triune Creator, three persons of irreducible identity in a perichoretic or coinherent communion. It modestly proposes that Trinitarian theology, and especially the coinherent natures of the Son in the incarnation, provides the metaphysic or “theory of everything” that manifests itself in the subject matter of science.

The presence of the image of the triune God in humanity and of traces of this God in the non-human creation are discussed, highlighting ontological resonances between God and creation (resonances between the being of God and his creation), such as goodness, immensity-yet-particularity, intelligibility, agency, relationality, and beauty. This Trinitarian reality suggests there should be a similarity also with respect to how we know in theology and science (critical realism), something reflected in the history of ideas in each.

These resonances lead to the conclusion that the disciplines of theology and science are, in fact, coinherent, not conflicted. This involves recognition of both the mutuality of these vocations and also, importantly, their particularity. Science, its own distinct guild, yet finds its place ensconced within an encyclopedic theology, and subject to first-order, credal theology.

The lecture takes its name from Dr. Klein Gilhousen, a longtime Bozeman-area resident who was a pioneer in telecommunications and a co-founder of Yellowstone Theological Institute.

Dr. Ross HastingsDr. W. Ross Hastings is Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He holds doctorates in both chemistry (Ph.D., Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada) and theology (St. Andrew’s University, Scotland). Dr. Hastings was recently awarded the Grace Irwin Award for best book by a Canadian author in 2017 as well as the Academic Books Award at the Canadian Word Guild awards for his book Echoes of Coinherence.


Reynolds Recital Hall, Montana State University


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