Dordt College News

Creational Development Symposium April 7

March 29, 2004

A Creational Development Symposium will be held at Dordt College April 7 and 8, with Wednesday sessions at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in lecture hall S101 in the Science and Technology Center, and a Thursday panel discussion at 4 p.m. at the same location.

The symposium will address our accountability for God’s creation and ongoing development of our world from a biblical perspective, with panelists from Calvin College, Texas A&M University, Dordt College and a pastor and author from Boston, Mass.

The opening 4 p.m. session will be presented by Dr. Uko Zylstra, who will speak on “Creation Stewardship: Being Accountable in God’s Creation.” Dr. Zylstra is a professor of biology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His interests include cell biology, electron microscopy, environmental ethics, and philosophy of biology. He received his Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in 1972.

At the 7:30 session, Dr. H. Paul Santmire will speak on the topic, “Is the Earth Ours? Development of the Creation in Biblical Perspective.” Dr. Santmire is a semi-retired pastor who has had an interest in the intersection of faith and ecological issues for many years. His most recent book is titled ‘Nature Reborn: the Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology.” He received his Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School.

Discussion will continue on Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in S101 when a group of panelists will discuss “Principles of Obedient Development.” On the panel will be Uko Zylstra, Paul Santmire, James Norwine, Charles Adams, Robb De Haan, and Wayne Kobes.

Dr. James Norwine is Regents Professor of Geography in the Department of Physics/Geosciences at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas.

Dr. Charles Adams, Dr. Robb De Haan, and Dr. Wayne Kobes are faculty members at Dordt College with academic backgrounds in engineering, genetics and ecology, and theology, respectively.

All sessions are free and open to the public.

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