Scholar-Activist Encounter: A Conversation with R. Douglas Bendall on Modern Cosmology, Process Theology and Social Justice

Scholar-Activist Encounters

September 15, 2022, 7:30pm Eastern Time

How do activism and scholarship contribute to our understanding of Scripture in the world today?

Please join us for a sharing and dialogue with CLBSJ co-founder Rev. Dr. R. Douglas Bendall on Modern Cosmology, Process Theology and Social Justice. Dr. Bendall will share about the book he is working on, tentatively entitled The Human Face of God, the goal of which is the establishment of an empirical foundation for a Christian theology oriented toward social justice. Drawing from the biblical scholarship of Norman Gottwald, the philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach and Alfred N. Whitehead, and the fields of neuropsychology and physics, Doug will unpack how any event can be literally understood as God acting with God’s creatures to bend the arc of the universe toward Justice. This event is co-sponsored by the Newark School of Theology.

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R. Douglas Bendall is the founder and president of The Newark School of Theology, Newark, New Jersey. The school offers high quality theological education to lay persons and inner city ministers in Newark and surrounding cities. It promotes social justice and the development of congregations by providing educational opportunities to students in low income communities, whose members experience substandard schools, poverty, racism,and discrimination. Bendall is an Episcopal priest whose ministry has been exercised in inner city and rural congregations. His work in systematic theology has focused upon the concept of God in relation to contemporary thought in cosmology and neuropsychology. He is committed to creating an undergraduate college of theology in Newark, where theology is taught as a liberal art. His current research focus is the development of a natural theology that draws upon the world view of quantum physics.

The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice invites you to join us for an interactive dialogue exploring the interfaces between scholarship and activism. How do these ways of being contribute to our understanding of Scripture in the world today? Let’s come together to learn from each other. Most events take place on the third Thursday of the month at 4:30pm Pacific Time / 7:30pm Eastern Time. We do not meet every month, and occasionally meet on a different night.

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This series is co-sponsored by the Community of Living Traditions.