Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment


Friday, April 7, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017


Goshen College, Goshen Indiana


The seventeenth annual Goshen Conference on Science and Religion was held on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana Friday, April 7, 2017, through Sunday, April 9, 2017.  The speaker for the 2017 conference was Niels Gregersen of the University of Copenhagen.  Gregersen presented three lectures on the following topcs:

  • The Cosmic Christ: God in a World of Mass, Energy, and Information
  • Christ and Biology: Creativity and Suffering in a World of Biological Agency
  • Christ and Culture: The Jesus Story and the Cultivation of Commitment

Niels Henrik Gregersen

Niels Henrik Gregersen

Niels Henrik Gregersen (born 1956) holds the PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1987). Since 2004 he has been Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen. He was Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (1986-1989), Associate Professor in Systematic Theology (1989-2000), and Research Professor in Theology & Science (2000-2004) at Aarhus University.

Gregersen has been a Fellow of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton since 1996, and the J.K. John Russell Fellow at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, October 2004 and 2013. He has received several international research awards, among them a research award of $100,000 from the John Templeton Foundation for his work on the constructive interface between science & religion.

He lectures widely in Europe and the USA, and has been invited to be the main speaker to major conferences in South Africa, Asia (China, Japan and South Korea), and in Australia. He writes in Danish, English and German, and has been translated into Swedish, French, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Gregersen's work focuses on two research fields:

(1) How to develop a constructive Christian theology in the context of secularized and multi-religious Western societies? Within systematic theology, he specializes in the theology of creation and Christology, but has written on most topics of Christian theology.
(2) How to bring about a mutual interaction between science and religion that also allows religious reflection to be an active player? Within the field of science and religion, he specializes in the philosophy of evolutionary biology and the sciences of complexity.

His list of publications contains more than 500 entries, including 5 books, 2 co-authored books and more than twenty edited volumes. He has published some 150 articles in Nordic, German and English books and journals.

Information on the proceedings of the conferences can be found on the main menu under Publications.

2016 - Hava Tirosh-Samuelson: Religion and Environment: The Case of Judaism
2015 - Wentzel van Huyssteen: Interdisciplinary Theology and the Archeology of Personhood
2014 - Joshua Moritz: Human Uniqueness and the Image of God: Bridging Biology and Theology through the Hebrew Concept of Election
2013 - Gayle Woloschak: Becoming Human:  Weaving Together Genetics and Personhood
2012 - Celia Deane-Drummond: Re-Imaging the Divine Image: Humans and Other Animals
2011 - Owen Gingerich: Worrying About Evolution
2010 - Phil Clayton: Evolution After the Religion Wars: Rethinking Humanity and Ethics in Light of the Science-Religion Partnership
2009 - Noreen Herzfeld: The Limits of Perfection
2008 - Holmes Rolston: Science and Origins: Probing the Deeper Questions
2007 - Ted Peters: The Evolution of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Life: Where in the World is God?
2006 - Philip J. Hefner: Religion and Science as a Spiritual Quest
2005 - Robert John Russell: Cosmology, Evolution, and Resurrection Hope
2004 - John H. Haught: Purpose, Evolution, and the Mystery of Life
2003 - Antje Jackelén: The Dialogue Between Religion and Science: Challenges and Future Directions
2002 - George Ellis: A Universe of Ethics, Morality and Hope
2001 - Nancey Murphy: Religion and Science: God, Evolution and the Soul

About the Conference

The annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science is designed to provide maximum interaction with one of the principal thinkers in the dialog between religion and science.

A single invited speaker presents three lectures, two of which are open to the public. Small moderated discussion sessions provide conference participants an opportunity to address topics from the lectures, and others, in conversation with the speaker.

Conference attendance is limited to fifty. Conference participants include pastors, and interested lay persons, as well as academic scientists, mathematicians, theologians, and students.

Conference Director:

Carl Helrich, Ph.D.,
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Goshen College