Geneva Lecture Philosophy
The Geneva Lecture serves the Queen's University community with the original idea of the university--the gift of Christian scholarship. "For Christians thinking is part of believing." St. Augustine wrote: "not everyone who thinks believes, since many think in order not to believe; but everyone who believes thinks, thinks in believing and believes in thinking."
Since 1992 outstanding Christian scholars have come as our guests to speak on campus from varied disciplines(see list), but informed by that same faith that seeks understanding.
Join us as we discuss the topic of SUSTAINABILITY from a Christian perspective. Our speaker is Dr Ian Barns, Former Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Technology Policy at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Our event will begin with a Sustainability Fair from 7:00-8:00pm and the lecture will follow from 8:00-9:00pm
After completing a science degree at the University of Western Australia in 1968, Ian Barns crossed the continent to work for several years as an Intervarsity Fellowship staffworker on university campuses in Melbourne. He wrote a PhD in the social studies of science and then worked as an academic at universities in Melbourne and Perth. From the late 1980s to his retirement in 2011, he was involved in teaching, research and publishing in 3 main areas: social aspects of science and technology; sustainability studies; and public theology. He has been a co-author, editor and contributor to a number of books and book collections including: Challenges to Einstein's Children; God Down Under; Poststructuralism, Citizenship and Social and Social Policy. He convened "The Newbigin Project" (on aspects of public theology) in WA and co-authored Christian Faith and Legal Practice a theology primer for Christians in the legal profession. He was also a contributor to the 1990 National Anglican Social Justice Statement, To Share with Justice the Resources of the Earth. More recently he has produced materials for two church based programmes, Hot Gospel and Creation Care and Christian Discipleship. He is currently researching for a book on theology, sustainability and the good life. He is married with 3 adult children and four grandchildren and lives in Melbourne.
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