Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Creation: Fall and Flood


The new Mt. Airy School of Religion at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) launched its first lecture series with a free special event on February 14, 2006. Seminary professor the Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson shared the session with U. S. District Court Judge John Jones, whose ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover School District found that the Dover School District could not introduce Intelligent Design into the biology curriculum. Judge Jones discussed the role of the law, precedent and the Constitution, and the role of the judge, when religion is part of a court case. Professor Robinson spoke on Creation from a biblical and theological perspective.

About Judge John Jones

Judge John E. Jones III commenced his service as a United States District Judge on August 2, 2002. He is the 21st judge to sit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Judge Jones was appointed to his current position by President George W. Bush in February 2002, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 2002.

Judge Jones was born and raised in Schuylkill County, which is partof the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Mercersburg Academy, Dickinson College, and the Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.

About Professor Robert Robinson

The Rev. Dr. Robert B. Robinson is Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He holds a BA from Ursinus College (1969) an MDiv from Yale Divinity School (1974) and a PhD from Yale University (1982).

Dr. Robinson's interest lies in the theory and practice of interpretation and particularly in the application of current literary techniques to the interpretation of the Bible. Behind that interest is a desire to see the Bible read with understanding and confidence by all Christians. Approaching the Bible as a consummately profound literary work allows the sort of disciplined observation and probing discussion that leads to deeper understanding of the Word of God for our lives.

He has written a commentary on the Book of Genesis. The commentary uses such familiar literary terms as character, plot, theme and allusion to knit together a holistic picture of the book. At the same time he is attempting to return to the history of interpretation of Genesis to learn from earlier readers, many of them sublimely brilliant, what they saw as most important in each passage and how that message spoke to the life of their community of faith.

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