Meet the Speakers | ‘Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility’

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What is the link between creation and redemption? What responsibility do we as humans have in creation, and what practical actions we should take now to glorify Christ and advance his kingdom?

The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture is proud to announce The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility (Feb. 18-20, 2021)— a Faith + Culture Forum designed to address these important questions.

In this post, get to know the speakers you’ll hear at this fascinating virtual conference.

Alister McGrath

Lecture Topic: Creation, Redemption, and Wonder: Reflections on Theological Motivations for the Care of Creation.

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. McGrath was an atheist as a teenager, and discovered Christianity while studying chemistry as an undergraduate at Oxford University. He holds three earned doctorates from Oxford in the natural sciences, Christian theology, and intellectual history.

He has a long-standing interest in exploring the relation of science and faith, and has published extensively in this field. He is best known for his critique of Richard Dawkins, and for his widely-used theology textbooks, especially Christian Theology: An Introduction, now in its sixth edition. His most recent book is The Territories of Human Reason: Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Lecture Topic: “Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and our Faith”

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, the United Nations Champion of the Earth award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.

Katharine is currently the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and Victoria University at the University of Toronto.

Norman Wirzba

Norman Wirzba

Lecture Topic: “Creation Through Christ: What Difference Does it Make?”

Norman Wirzba is the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University, and a Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He writes and teaches at the intersections of theology, philosophy, environmental and agrarian studies. He has recently directed a Luce Foundation funded project entitled “Facing the Anthropocene,” a multi-year project that re-examines the assumptions of academic disciplines in light of issues like climate change, biotechnology, species extinction, and AI.

He is author of several books, including Food and Faith, From Nature to Creation, and Way of Love. His most recent book tentatively titled Becoming Human in a Wounded World will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.

Rusty Pritchard

Rusty Pritchard

Lecture Topic: Creation Care and Whole-Life Discipleship

Lowell (Rusty) Pritchard is a natural resource economist and Vice President at Tearfund USA, an evangelical nonprofit that works alongside local churches all over the world to overcome poverty and injustice. He has worked for over 30 years at the intersection of environment and international economic development, and he has worked with Tearfund since 2013. Between 1999 and 2006 he helped to create and lead Emory University’s Department of Environmental Studies.

Rusty and his wife Joanna have been married since 1989 and live in Decatur, GA, where he is an elder at All Souls Fellowship. They have a son away at college, a son in high school, and a daughter in middle school. 

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Lecture Topic: Relationships: The Goodness of Creation and Human Responsibility

After 28 years as a tenured theology professor at Westmont College, Acadia Divinity College, and Carey Theological College, Rev. Dr. Jonathan R. Wilson is now Senior Consultant for Theological Integration with Canadian Baptist Ministries and Teaching Fellow, Regent College. In his role with CBM, Jonathan participates in theological education and leadership development on five continents.

He is ordained by Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and the author or editor of more than 15 books. His most recent book is God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation. He is married to Soohwan Park, a native of South Korea, who has spent more than 20 years working with Christian mission agencies based in Bangladesh, Thailand, Israel, and Canada.

Mark Liederbach

Mark Liederbach

Lecture Topic: The Great God, The Good Creation, The Grand Story, & Our Glorious Response: A Conference Introduction

Mark Liederbach is Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture; Vice President for Student Services; and Dean of Students at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Liederbach, who holds a PhD from the University of Virginia, has been teaching at Southeastern since 2000. He is the author of Chasing Infinity: Discipleship as the Pursuit of Infinite Treasure; Defending the Faith, Engaging the Culture: Essays Honoring L. Russ Bush (with Dr. Bruce Little); and True North: Christ, The Gospel, and Creation Care (with Dr. Seth Bible).

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