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North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

I’ll be speaking at the 2016 Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Sep 29-Oct 1) at North Park University in Chicago (where I taught Physics for nearly a decade). The theme is “Science and Religion” and my talk is entitled “Knowing in Part: The Demands of Scientific and Religious Knowledge in Everyday Decisions” or “‘She Blinded Me With Science!’ and Deciding Whether to Wear Checks with Stripes.” I think there are tickets you have to buy, but the schedule has more information and a registration link. My talk builds on the framework I presented in The Nature of Environmental Stewardship.

An Easier Way to Remember the Three Criteria

In The Nature of Environmental Stewardship, I proposed three criteria we need to consider to obey a command:

  • Importance of the command (e.g., is it optional, a required duty, contextually applied, etc.).
  • Goals of the command (e.g., what is the command trying to accomplish).
  • Practice of the command (e.g., what you actually do to obey the command).

James Peterson, an ethicist at Roanoke College, came up with a nice alliteration for these three criteria: Priority, Purpose, and Practice. A lot easier to remember ☺. Thanks, Jim!