BenU visiting scholar will discuss Laudato Si's theological tapestry

October 24, 2016

Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D.Lisle, Illinois ~ Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D., professor in Theology and director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss the theological tapestry of Laudato Si’ on Wednesday, November 2, at Benedictine University.

Deane-Drummond will present a lecture, “The Challenge of Laudato Si’s Theological Anthropology,” from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University’s Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought series sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Center for Mission and Identity.

A teacher in systematic theology relative to biological science, Deane-Drummond earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology at Reading University. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Trinity College and a Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Manchester.

Her research interests concern the engagement of theology and natural science, specifically ecology, evolution, genetics, animal behavior and anthropology. She has written and edited 25 books and more than 30 scientific articles focusing on the engagement of systematic theology and the practical, ethical discussion on bioethics and environmental ethics.

Deane-Drummond has served on the International Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation and was elected fellow of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently joint editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, which launched in 2014 with Mohr Siebeck, an academic book and journal publisher based in Germany.

Deane-Drummond’s most recent works are “The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming,” “Re-Imaging the Divine Image: Humans and Other Animals” and “Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives.”

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