If one were to peruse recent theological collections on the doctrine of creation, two things become readily apparent: First, the breadth of sources is conspicuously thin. Second, of what resources are available, many are a response to intellectual challenges pressed upon traditional modes of thought by the advancement of modern science.

The modern doctrine of creation has too often vacillated between a complete accommodation to the received standards of modern science on the one hand, or a rejection of the findings of science as having any bearing on the claims of theology on the other. In this conference, our nine speakers will explore how the diverse concerns and questions raised by modern science appear within a range of theologians, from Warfield and Schleiermacher to von Balthasar and T. F. Torrance.

Quick Facts

  1. $75 Regular Admission
  2. $25 Student Admission
  3. Meals Included
  4. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  5. February 2–3, 2018
  6. Seating Is Limited.


hector-135x135 Kevin Hector
University of Chicago
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Gundlach-135x135 Brad Gundlach
Trinity International University
B. B. Warfield
Sanders-135x135 Fred Sanders
Biola University
William Burt Pope
Sonderegger---135x135 Katherine Sonderegger
Virginia Theological Seminary
Karl Barth
Long-135x135 D. Stephen Long
Southern Methodist University
Hans Urs von Balthasar
vanhoozer-135x135 Kevin Vanhoozer
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
T. F. Torrance
Schwobel-135x135 Christoph Schwöbel
University of Tübingen
Wolfhart Pannenberg
williams---135x135 Stephen N. Williams
Union Theological College
John Polkinghorne
rae-135x135 Murray Rae
University of Otago
Colin Gunton



Conference Schedule

The conference begins at 8:30am on Friday morning, Feb 2, and ends at 12:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Lunch and dinner as well as Saturday breakfast will be provided.


     Conference Check-in (opens at 7:30 am)

Friday Morning Session (8:30-12:30)

8:30am  Kevin Hector, “Freedom, Necessity, and the Love of God: Schleiermacher on Creation”
9:45am  Bradley Gundlach, “B. B. Warfield on Evolution and Theology”
11:00am  Fred Sanders, “Another World: William Burt Pope on Primary and Secondary Creation”
12:00pm  Q&A with Hector, Gundlach, and Sanders

     Lunch (12:30 pm)

Friday Afternoon Session (1:30-5:30)

1:30pm  Katherine Sonderegger, “Karl Barth on Human Dignity in a Natural World”
2:45pm  D. Stephen Long, “‘From Mirror to Window:’ Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Reflections on Theology, Modern Science, and Creation”
4:00pm  Kevin Vanhoozer, “T. F. Torrance’s Kataphysical Poetics: How the Incarnation Relates (Theological) Science to (Scientific) Theology in the Doctrine of Creation, with special reference to General Relativity”
5:00pm  Q&A with Sonderegger, Long, and Vanhoozer

     Dinner (5:30 pm)


     Continental Breakfast (begins at 7:30 am)

Saturday Morning Session (8:30-12:30)

8:30am  Christoph Schwöbel, “Nature, Contingency and the Spirit: A Conversation with Wolfhart Pannenberg”
9:45am  Stephen N. Williams, “John Polkinghorne on the Doctrine of Creation”
11:00am  Murray Rae, “Creation by the Triune God: Colin Gunton’s Account of the Doctrine of Creation”
12:00pm  Q&A with Schwöbel, Williams, and Rae


Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. February 2–3, 2018

Conference Evaluation


Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. February 2–3, 2018

In concert with this event Sapientia is publishing an eleven part series examining theologians who won’t be covered in the conference. By doing so we hope to both contextualize the conference presentations as well as draw attention to some of the lesser known figures that have shaped contemporary theological reflection.


A Modern Creature: Introducing a Conversation
Geoffrey Fulkerson and Joel Chopp, The Henry Center

Søren Kierkegaard | The Real Beauty of Creation: A Kierkegaardian Account
Andrew Torrance, University of St Andrews

Robert Jenson | Robert Jenson’s Story of Creation
Stephen John Wright, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester

Herman Bavinck | Herman Bavinck as a Man of Science
John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary 

Eberhard Jüngel | A More Natural Theology: Eberhard Jüngel on the Relationship between the Doctrine of Creation and Christology
R. David Nelson, Baker Academic & Brazos Press

Adolf Schlatter | Creation and Science under Jesus’ Rule: Perspectives from Adolf Schlatter (Feb 14)
Robert Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary

Jon Levenson | The Tapestry of Creation: Jon Levenson on Creation and Omnipotence (Feb 21)
John Hilber, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary 

Rudolf Bultmann | Myth, Science, and Hermeneutics: Rudolf Bultmann on Creation (Feb 28)
Joshua Jipp, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Christ at the Center of Creation: Bonhoeffer and the “God of the Gaps” (Mar 7)
Jeff Hardin, University of Wisconsin 

Kathryn Tanner | How We Say What We Say about God and Creation (Mar 14)
Myk Habets, Carey Baptist College, New Zealand

Oliver O’Donovan | The Ends of Science in Oliver O’Donovan’s Doctrine of Creation (Mar 21)
Matthew Arbo, Oklahoma Baptist University

Jürgen Moltmann | Tradition Modified: Moltmann’s Contemporary Doctrine of Creation (Mar 28)
Stephen N. Williams, Union Theological College, Belfast


The conference will begin at 8:00am on Friday, February 2nd, and conclude at 12:00pm on Saturday, February 3rd.




Conference participants will receive a discounted rate at LaQuinta Inn and Suites, located adjacent to the TEDS campus. Below is further information about lodging and travel.


The Conference will take place in the Waybright Conference Center, on the campus of Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), from February 2-3, 2018.


There are many hotels in the Deerfield / Bannockburn / Lincolnshire area, and here are a few of our favorites. Please book as early as possible, and make sure to ask if they offer a Trinity rate when you call to make your reservation.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
2000 S. Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015
0.2 miles/37 seconds from campus (within walking distance)

Reservations: 847.317.7300

Homewood Suites
10 Westminster Way
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
0.8 miles/4 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.945.9300

Marriott Suites Deerfield
2 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
3.8 miles/8 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.405.9666

Hampton Inn & Suites Lincolnshire
1400 Milwaukee Avenue
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
4.1 miles/8 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.478.1400



Driving Information

The event will be located in Waybright Conference Center at Trinity International University. Trinity’s address is located at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield, IL.

Quick Facts

  1. Fly to ORD
  2. Book flights before registering
  3. Business-casual


If you have any questions or feedback about the conference, or would simply like to talk with someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact us.


[email protected]

If your inquiry is specifically related to conference logistics, please email Joel Chopp at [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. February 2–3, 2018

TRT_black-01This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.



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