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Calling attention to recent news and events related to the Henry Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, or the wider evangelical church and academy.

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Announcing the 2021–22 Stott Award Recipients
November 1, 2021
Deerfield, IL — The 2021–22 recipients of the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement are Mike Strand, Jamie Thompson, Ben Wayman, Bob Munshaw, Nic Gibson, Chris Ganski, and Daniel Houck. This year, the Creation Project is focusing on the Christian doctrine of humanity, and these churches will be engaging the topic in ways that attend…
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Announcing Our 2021–22 Public Events
August 9, 2021
We are pleased to announce the Henry Center Public Events for this academic year. The following six lectures are free and open to the public; registration is required. Join us, in person or online, for the opportunity to listen to leading theologians, biblical scholars, and philosophers, as they explore human personhood in theological and scientific…
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The Dread of Dust: Human Bodies and the Life of the World to Come
July 8, 2021
Tempted: I see that I must be placed in the ground and reduced to dust. A bed will be spread out for my body in the grave and therefore I said to that place of rottenness, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worms, ‘You are my mother and sister’ (Job 17:14). Comforter: Do not…
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Human Persons: Bodies, Souls, and Emergentism
June 30, 2021
“Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Almost hidden within the Genesis creation account stands this singular sentence about God’s creation of humankind. Revealed is God’s creative act; implied is the dual nature of…
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The Priesthood of All Humanity: James Arcadi on Human Uniqueness and Commonality
June 22, 2021
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion . . . ” Thus, every reader of the Christian Scriptures is presented with this design and purpose framework to understand humanity. The Genesis account includes both the uniqueness—from other created things—and the commonality—in form and function—of all humans. Christian…
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Life in the Anthropocene:
Christian Theology and Climate Change
June 16, 2021
  Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling, for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake of the objective, the soil bludgeoned, the rock blasted. Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now. … Every place had been displaced,…
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Designed to Attend: Christina Bieber Lake on Literature, God, and Science
June 2, 2021
“We are our attention.” So says Daniel Siegal, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. This “stunning claim,” as she calls it, has captured Christina Bieber Lake’s attention. “We are in a unique time when it comes to things clamoring for our attention,” says Lake,…
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Announcing the 2021–22 Henry Fellows
June 1, 2021
Deerfield, IL — The Henry Center for Theological Understanding is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021–2022 Henry Resident Fellowship. This year’s recipients are: Christina Bieber Lake, Gijsbert van den Brink, James Arcadi, Philip Woodward, and Jon Thompson. The Resident Fellowship program is the centerpiece of the Henry Center’s Creation Project, a multi-million dollar…
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Stott Award: An Interview with Matt O'Reilly
February 4, 2021
In an age when the weight of science is held in the balance and the natural order is often held in conflict with biblical belief, the church needs both a robust doctrine of creation and the tools necessary to navigate toward sympathetic conversations. This is the goal of the Henry Center’s Stott Award for Pastoral…
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Announcing the 2020–21 Stott Award Recipients
September 16, 2020
Deerfield, IL — The 2020–21 recipients of the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement are Steve Froehlich, Thiago Guerra, Daniel Houck, Matt O’Reilly, Joey Sherrard, and Brad Swope. This year, the Creation Project is focusing upon the goodness of creation, and these churches will be engaging the topic in ways that attend to the intersection…
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2020–21 Henry Center Calendar of Events
September 14, 2020
We are pleased to announce the Henry Center Public Lectures and Events for this academic year. The following six lectures are free and open to the public, and will be hosted exclusively online. Registration is required. Each lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the other speakers from this year’s events. Join us…
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Fulkerson Named New Director of the Henry Center
September 14, 2020
Beginning this academic year, Geoffrey Fulkerson will be the Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. Geoffrey H. Fulkerson Fulkerson is the center’s third Director, following the leadership of Douglas Sweeney, and most recently, Thomas McCall. “These are big steps to follow in,” Fulkerson commented. “Doug and Tom are exemplary scholars,…
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J. I. Packer: Theologian of Evangelical Anglicanism
July 29, 2020
A great and godly servant has gone to glory. James Inell Packer knew how to serve his risen Lord through both the spoken and written word, and also through sage advice shared with others. He taught in theological colleges in both Britain and Canada. This British born, Oxford D.Phil. was a church scholar rather than…
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Remembering Bruce Fields: Theologian and Friend
May 29, 2020
I first met Bruce Fields in 1988 when I relocated from Southern CA to Arlington Heights, IL to become Sr. Pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church. Bruce had just moved from teaching and coaching at Trinity College to teaching theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Within a few moments of meeting, we quickly became…
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Remembering Keith Yandell
May 1, 2020
Keith Yandell is gone. After a long battle with multiple health problems, on the morning of April 28, 2020 he drew his last breath. He is now “absent from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). Keith was the Julius R. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where…
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Creaturely Awe and the Wonder of Creation
May 1, 2020
“We must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely understand it,” Wendell Berry exhorted us 50 years ago. “We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence.”From his essay, “A…
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Natural Desire, Moral Indexes, and Pleasure According to Paul
April 29, 2020
Our relationship to pleasure has been tormented since the serpent appeared in Eden, right after the repeated affirmation of the goodness of creation. How are we to look at trees that are good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desired to make one wise? Such trees lie in the midst of paradise, always…
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Perceiving the Good: Creation, Nature, and Normativity
April 27, 2020
“God saw that it was good.” As reported by Saint Augustine, the Manichees latched onto the peculiarity of this refrain in the opening chapter of Genesis to criticize the received Christian doctrine of creation. Read in a certain light, it seems to suggest that either God didn’t know what he was going to make before…
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Paul, Positive Psychology, and the Good Life
April 23, 2020
“The divorce of the natural and moral universes is perhaps the worst legacy of the Enlightenment, and the most urgent challenge facing modern humankind.” So said British theologian Colin Gunton 35 years ago.Colin E. Gunton, Enlightenment and Alienation: An Essay Toward a Trinitarian Theology (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1985), 25. One might reasonably claim…
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Announcing the 2020–21 Henry Fellows
April 21, 2020
Deerfield, IL — The Henry Center for Theological Understanding is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020–2021 Henry Resident Fellowship. This year’s recipients are Joshua Jipp, Kevin Kinghorn, Max Lee, and Alexander Stewart. The Resident Fellowship program is the centerpiece of the Henry Center’s Creation Project, a multi-million dollar grant funded by the John…
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2019–20 Henry Center Calendar of Events
August 20, 2019
We are pleased to announce the Henry Center Public Lectures and Events for the 2019–20 academic year. All Trinity events are free and open to the public, and will also be made available via live stream. God said . . . and it was so: Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science The whole of the…
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Announcing the 2019–20 Stott Award Recipients
August 19, 2019
Deerfield, IL — The 2019–2020 recipients of the John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement are Gavin Ortlund, Wesley Vander Lugt, Ryan O’Dowd, Mike Woodruff, Ben Dockery, Matt O’Reilly, Greg Gilbert, and Rafael Bello. This year, the Creation Project is focusing upon the topic of divine action, and these churches will be engaging the topic in ways…
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The Author of an Autonomous Creation: Chance, Providence, and Divine Action
July 17, 2019
In the summer of 1955, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a letter to W. H. Auden telling of his surprise while working on The Lord of the Rings: “I met a lot of things along the way that astonished me.” The letter is available online. This feeling, that the characters in a novel can come…
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Carving Creation at the Joints: Resourcing the Aristotelian Revival
June 28, 2019
Remarking on the natural human propensities toward both pride and ease, Francis Bacon observed “A man will become attached to one particular science and field of investigation either because he thinks he was its author and inventor or because he has worked hard on it and become habituated to it.” This strikes most of us…
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Carolingian in My Mind: Divine Foreknowledge, Action, and Contingency in the Ninth Century
May 30, 2019
The rise of the Carolingian Empire (ca. 800–888 AD) witnessed an abundance of theological and philosophical inquiry and controversy, not least because the relative political stability made connections across geographical regions easier, along with a widespread effort by its authorities to promote educational and religious reforms and thus to develop greater uniformity in Christian thought…
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Signs of the Kingdom: Craig Keener on Miracles in the New Testament and Today
May 23, 2019
God acts in the world. Christians believe that the world is not some mechanical device that God wound up at creation and has since left unattended. God upholds and sustains the world in being, and absent his sustaining activity the world would simply cease to exist. While these beliefs are vital to the Christian faith,…
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Unleashing the Old Testament: Craig Bartholomew’s Quest for the God of Scripture
May 17, 2019
“As God’s authoritative word, Scripture is normative for all of life, including science.” So says Craig Bartholomew, a member of the 2019–2020 Henry Resident Fellowship community. In today’s climate, these are fighting words—resulting in more heat than light. When we hear this sentiment from Bartholomew, however, it means something quite different. First, and most basically,…
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Announcing the 2019–20 Henry Fellows
May 14, 2019
Deerfield, IL — The 2019–2020 recipients of the Henry Resident Fellowship are Craig Bartholomew, Craig Keener, Brian Matz, Paul Gould, and Jordan Wessling. The Resident Fellowship program is the centerpiece of the Henry Center’s Creation Project, a multi-million dollar grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The Fellowship is a scholar-in-residence program designed to support…
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Henry Center Awarded $4.2 Million Templeton Grant
March 19, 2019
Deerfield, IL – The Henry Center for Theological Understanding, a ministry of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and its faculty, has been awarded a 4.2 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation to continue the Creation Project, a multi-year initiative on the Christian doctrine of creation within evangelical theology. The Creation Project aims to recover…
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Announcing the 2018–19 Stott Award Recipients
August 29, 2018
This third year of the Creation Project is focused upon theological anthropology, with consideration given to questions of the origin, nature, and ultimate purposes of human life. In his 1993 award-winning book, The Contemporary Christian, John Stott writes: Millions of people do not know who they are, nor that they have any significance or worth. Hence…
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