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Geneva Lecture

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.


Wednesday October 16, 2013
Robert Sutherland Bldg Rm 202

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.

Previous Geneva Lectures

2013 Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, Hobbitted - A Mythopoeic Journey
2011 Bob Goudzwaard, Free University of Amsterdam, Peeling the Onion - World Problems and their Deeper Dimensions
2010 James K.A. Smith, Calvin College, Postmodernity and the Future of God
2009 John G. Stackhouse Jr., Regent College, Does God Care about Darfur: An Honest Look at the Problem of Evil
2008 James C. Peterson, McMaster University, Changing Nature: a Theological Ethics Perspective
2005 John Witte, Jr., Law, Emory University, Challenging Neighbors: Christianity and Human Rights
2003 Elaine Storkey, Sociology, Oxford, The Origins of Difference: The Gender Debate Revisited
2002 Merold Westphal, Philosophy, Fordham U., The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism
2001 Barry Moser, Art, Devils and Angels: Illustrating the King James' Bible
2000 Loren Wilkinson, Environmental Science, Regent College, Valuing the Earth: Environmental Ethics and the Religious Nature of Science
1999 Susan Gallagher, English, Seattle Pacific U., The Rhetoric of Confession: The Case of South Africa
1998 Gerald Gabrielse, Physics, Harvard, Antimatter in the Hands of Job's God
1996 Mark Noll, History, Wheaton College, Christian Thinking in the Modern University
1994 David Ley, Geography, U. of British Columbia, What is Truth: Christian Faith and the Social Sciences
1993 Paul Marshall, Political Science, Institute of Christian Studies, Human Rights as a Source of Injustice
1992 Nicholas Wolterstorff, Philosophy, Yale, Inaugural Lecture: The Rise and Demise of the Enlightenment Consensus: What Does a Christian Scholar Do Now?

Another Special Lecture:
October 2004: Jean Vanier, Drawn Into the Mystery of Jesus
sponsored jointly by Geneva Fellowship, Newman House, and St. James Anglican Church

Do you have suggestions for topics or speakers? We would love to hear your recommendations.

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