The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be offering a new course this fall for Chicago area theological students called “Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer” that will be chaired by Dr. Lea Schweitz and Dr. Leonard Hummel.

The course offering is open to 12 area theological schools and the University of Chicago Divinity School and is part of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science’s Advanced Seminar course. According to the Zygon Center, the class will consider “the phenomenon of cancer as a case study to explore enduring issues in science and religion including race, racism, sexism, evolution, creationism, neo-Darwinism, epigenetics, free-will and determinism”.

Schweitz, a member of the steering committee for the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology, is assistant professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. Hummel currently is visiting scholar at the Zygon Center. Hummel’s academic work has been in the field of pastoral theology and prior to joining the faculty at Gettysburg he taught at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. An ordained member of the ELCA, he also holds a PhD in pastoral psychology. He also brings extensive experience in medical and mental health clinical settings.

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