Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Four-Part Workshop Addresses Evolution and Christian Faith

Join Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for four Wednesdays in October to learn more about “Evolving in the Image of God: Seven Million Years of Evolution and What It Means for Christian Faith Today.” The Rev. Dr. Ron Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics at PTS, will present.

Classes are held from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. and topics include:

Oct. 2 - Humans in the Making: How Our Pre-human Ancestry Shapes Us Today
Oct. 9 - Genesis and Exodus: Humans Emerge and Migrate
Oct. 16 - Your Inner Neandertal
Oct. 23 - Incarnation Backwards and Forwards—Christ in Evolutionary Perspective

Participants will review the latest scientific findings in human origins research, tracing the story of humanity from the time of divergence of the human lineage from the chimps. How do advances in stone tools and changes in procreation set the stage for larger brains and more complex societies? How have recent discoveries in genetics, such as interbreeding with Neandertals, opened new perspectives on what it means to be human? The major events in the human story will be presented, and theological and social questions will be raised throughout the four sessions. In the final session we will reconsider what it means to be “created in the image of God” through the long, slow process of seven million years of evolutionary history.

Registration for all four courses is $65. Contact the Office of Contuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@pts.edu with questions. Additional information is available on the CE website.