Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science


February 9-10—Symposium Honoring Arthur Peacocke


Arthur Peacocke, who died on October 21, 2006, was a noted biochemist who studied theology and was ordained a priest of the Church of England in the early 1970s. Over a 40-year span, he became enormously influential around the world for his writings and lectures that engaged theology and science. Between 1973 and 2004, Zygon published fifteen of his articles. In December 1991, we presented a profile and symposium on his work, with interpretive essays by Lindon Eaves (genetics), James Nelson (theology), and Robert John Russell (physics).

Peacocke was a long-time friend of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. He visited LSTC for the first time in 1972 and published his first article in the journal in 1973. Most recently he spoke at the inauguration of Antje Jackelén as director of ZCRS in May 2003.

To honor the man and his long association with our Chicago community, Zygon and the Zygon Center are convening jointly a symposium at LSTC on the evening of February 9 (Friday) and 10 (Saturday). We envision three sessions: a public lecture on Friday and two sessions on Saturday—the first dealing with a work from Peacocke’s prime years, Theology for a Scientific Age and the second with an unpublished work that he finished only months before his death, A Naturalistic Christian Faith for the 21st-Century.

Excerpts from the Proceedings of the Symposium Honoring Arthur Peacocke, made available through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, are available HERE. (Complete proceedings have appeared in the March 2008 issue of Zygon.)