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A Christian Naturalist Theology: Living Faithfully in This World Only (Free IRAS Webinar)
This webinar will afford everyone the opportunity to hear Dr. Karl E. Peters, a past president of IRAS and well-known theologian, reflect on some of the world’s great theological questions from a Christian naturalist perspective. His book, being submitted for publication, in many ways is the culmination of Karl’s deep thought over a long life in creative theology. Karl traces major changes in Western worldviews over twenty centuries, ending with the cosmology that frames the modern age and the dialog between science and religion. This framework is crucial for intellectual honesty in the current epoch. Karl addresses how we might understand “God,” the evolution of humans, and human evil—systemic sexism, racial injustice, and moral challenges in an era of climate change. Once this framework has been established, Karl then returns to theologizing about Jesus and following Jesus in the practice of Christianity. This is where Karl shines the brightest. Reflecting on what Jesus did and who Jesus was from a naturalistic perspective, Karl uses the New Testament testimony to show how “practicing Christianity” leads of a fulfilled life without intellectual commitment to the mythologies and anachronisms that come to us from ages past. As we go forth into the world, the lessons we learn from Karl become our foundation for living: honesty with self, commitment to family, loving the neighbor, and building community. This is a compelling message for all of us facing the challenges ahead in the 21st century.

5:00 PM ET
4:00 PM CT
2:00 PM PT
10:00 PM London, UK

Jul 28, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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