"Public Vocation of Scientists and Theologians" is the topic of the April 21 Convocation lecture at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The lecture will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry, and Director of the Latino Concentration at LTSP. The lecture is scheduled for 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the LTSP campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public.
Professor Rivera received a BA (Cum Laude) from Universidad de Puerto Rico in 1981; an MDiv from LTSP in 1987; an MA from Temple University in 1997; an STM from LTSP in 1998; and his PhD from Temple University in 2006; and served in pastorates in Puerto Rico from 1987-93. He regularly teaches courses on God, Creation, Christology, Theological Anthropology, and Liberation Theology. His research and teaching also include courses that explore the relationships between theology and the natural sciences, and the traditions of Western philosophy and culture. Among Prof. Rivera’s strong interests is the exploration of the social and theological dimensions of important scientific ideas. Recently, his research has focused on the meanings and implications of evolutionary theory, and on the possibilities for a theology of evolution. As part of his responsibilities with the Latino Concentration, Prof. Rivera teaches courses in Latino Theology and Ministry. As a Lutheran, he has been involved, with other members of the Latino community, in a critical reassessment of Luther's theology as a source for their own ecclesial reflection. As a theologian and a Latino scholar, as someone committed to the perspectives brought by liberation theology, Prof. Rivera normally moves within an interdisciplinary intellectual landscape.
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