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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Human Evolution and Christian Ethics

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This lecture is sponsored by the Boisi Center and the "Ways of Knowing" Seminar, part of the Catholic Intellectual Traditions project at Boston College.

Stephen J. Pope, Boston College
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Cushing 001

At the 200th anniversary of his birth, Charles Darwin's theory of human evolution continues to challenge and inspire all who contemplate the human condition, and especially the role of religion and ethics in our lives.  In a recent book Stephen Pope argues that Christian moral theologians must engage evolutionary theory rather than ignore it. He shows that our growing knowledge of human evolution helps to illuminate the conditions of human flourishing, both collective and individual. The resulting revised account of natural law and the cardinal virtues strongly affirms human dignity and an appreciation for the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.

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Stephen J. Pope is a professor of theology at Boston College.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has since taught and written extensively on social ethics and theological ethics.   Professor Pope is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2007, he completed his most recent work, Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge 2007). His other work include: The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001).