God's Wisdom and the Wonder of Creation: Exploring the Intersection of Scripture, Theology, and the Sciences

Engage in a rich time of interdisciplinary learning and exploration of the intersection of theology and science. Northeastern Seminary and the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) are co-hosting a theology symposium on October 25-26, 2019 for scholars, practitioners, students, and ministry leaders interested in the science-faith dialogue.

Keynote Lectures: 

  • From Ardi to Adam: The Garden and Human Origins
    In this free public lecture, William P. Brown will embark on an in-depth discussion of how Paleoanthropology provides new ways of interpreting Genesis 2-3.

  • Job, Astrobiology, and the Science of Awe
    During the keynote session of the symposium, William P. Brown will examine the emerging multidisciplinary science of astrobiology, and how this field of study can yield profound societal and theological implications and biblical interpretation. This exploration of astrobiology will take place in connection with the book of Job.

Friday, October 25

  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
  • 7:30 Free Public Lecture From Ardi to Adam: The Garden and Human Origins

Registration not required for Friday only participants.

Saturday, October 26

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration & Light Breakfast
  • 8:30 Welcome & Opening Liturgy
  • 8:50 Keynote Lecture Job, Astrobiology, and the Science of Awe
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Paper Presentations
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 Paper Presentations
  • 2:45 Paper Presentations
  • 4:30 Closing & Award Presentation
  • 5:00 Departure

For additional opportunities to hear William P. Brown speak earlier in the week on campus visit the Roberts Wesleyan College Barnes Science and Faith Symposium for details. 

Meet William P. Brown

William P. Brown

William P. Brown is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Bill’s teaching and writing explore the intersecting issues of justice, creation care, and hope from biblical and theological perspectives. His notable works include several books and numerous essays: A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis (WJK), Sacred Sense (Eerdmans), Wisdom’s Wonder (Eerdmans), The Seven Pillars of Creation (Oxford University), Seeing the Psalms (WJK), and Engaging Biblical Authority (WJK).

Bill was a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care that is now part of the Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) community. Recently, as an invited member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ, Bill worked collaboratively with scientists, philosophers, and ethicists exploring the societal implications of astrobiology. Along with teaching and speaking, Bill is currently working on a major commentary on the Psalms.

Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and is an active member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church with his wife Gail. Together they have two grown daughters, Ella and Hannah.


$70 Regular Registration

$50 Member Registration (for CATA, CSCA, and ASA members)

$50 Northeastern Seminary Student/Alumni

All registration rates increase by $10 on October 24.

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For questions contact seminary@nes.edu or 585.594.6420.


The symposium will be held in Shewan Recital Hall located on the first floor of Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Parking is available in Lot A located off of Orchard Street.