Time is an inescapable reality of human life and one of the fundamental building blocks of human society. To be bound to time and aware of our finitude is a unique characteristic of human anthropology. Christianity’s robust theology of time teaches believers to relinquish our limited time into the hands of a God, who freely created time, entered time in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and promises eternal, bodily human life to those who believe. This lecture will explore how early-modern Christians presented the Bible’s teaching on God’s activity in time during a period undergoing calendar reform and rapid scientific advancements in astronomy and horology. Recognition of a “Divine Clockmaker” takes on new meaning when contextualized by early-modern attention to charting the dating of the universe and God’s activity in sacred chronology. Attention to the history of time measuring and how it comes to bear on the Christian life during the rise of modern science provides an opportunity to engage the framework and attitudes of the past in fruitful ways as Christians today.

This lecture is free and open to the public.
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Jennifer Powell McNutt (PhD University of St. Andrews) is Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. She is the co-editor of The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible (IVP Academic, 2017), and the author of Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685–1798 (Routledge, 2014), as well as many chapters and articles on the Reformation.


This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton  Foundation. The opinions expressed throughout this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.






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