“I acclaim you as the divine milieu, charged with creative power, as the ocean stirred by the Spirit, as the clay moulded and infused with life by the incarnate Word.”
Teilhard de Chardin,
“Hymn to Matter”
The Hymn to the Universe (1961, English translation 1965)
Contact: Mary Ann Meyers, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
The purpose of this symposium is to explore how the idea of incarnation coordinates very particular notions of divine self-revelation in the life story of Jesus with universal notions of the transformative presence of God’s Logos (Word) in the universe at large. It is a theme that presupposes the ability of Christology to respond to the challenges of evolutionary thinking. Participants will consider the “divine reach into the very tissue of biological existence,” to quote the theologian Elizabeth Johnson, and to the furthest limits, the height and depth,
of the material cosmos.
Specific questions to be addressed include:
- What are the connections between a Logos Christology and the informational aspects of the universe, which are exemplified in its deep mathematical structures?
- In the informational structures emerging in biological evolution?
- In very mundane experiences of communicative love and ethical sensitivity present in human relationships?
- And to what extent does it make sense to argue that the event of incarnation entails a notion of God’s “deep incarnation” to the effect that God’s Logos “became flesh” (John 1:14), that is, conjoined the world of biological suffering and joyous existence so that God’s Logos is coterminous with the world of living creatures, from amoebas to humans?
- Can ‘high’ and ‘low’ meet when speaking about God’s incarnation and about modes of divine embodiment in the world at large?
Researchers from several disciplines gather to seek answers in Helsingør (Elsinore), the ancient Danish city on the shore of Øresund known well to all who have read Hamlet.