Lecture analyzes connection between biology and theology

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond examined the connection between theology and biology Thursday evening in her lecture “Tracing Common Ground in Biology and Theology: Caritas and the Drama of Kinship” as part of Saint Mary’s College theology lecture series, hosted by the Center for Spirituality.Deane-Drummond, who holds doctoral degrees in both plant physiology and theology, strove to bring a dynamic understanding to a static web of life, which is why she titled the lecture the drama of kinship, she said. The relationships between other species and humans is a dynamic one of which are reminded every day, she said.“The interaction between these two very different subject areas [theology and biology] makes for some creative thinking,” Deane-Drummond said. “It’s not that they’re the same necessarily, but that they engage us in ways that make us think anew. And that to me is exciting.”The first portion of the lecture focused on the biological side of caritas, or love. In biology, altruism is used to describe sacrificial interrelationships between animals. However, this concept is a biological problem, Deane-Drummond said.“Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory of natural selection, and it selects those that survive,” she said. “It’s about the conservation of genes. And so therefore, why would any being sacrifice itself for another?”By looking at Homo ergaster, an ancestor of Homo sapiens, who lived 1.5 million years ago, scholars can better understand the evolution of compassion, Deane-Drummond said. The being suffered from too much vitamin A, however, other Homo ergasters had to deliberately act with compassion to keep it alive. In this way, biology and compassion are linked, she said.Deane-Drummond then looked at biological issues through a theological lenses. Within discussions of love, biological altruism is not necessarily endorsed by theologians because of its focus on self-interest, she said.Theologians prefer a love that includes multiple forms of love, as seen in the biblical books of Luke, John and Revelations, Deane-Drummond said. This understanding of God’s love enables one to better understand the love within humans since we are made in the image of God, she said.However, love in theology and biology has a few differences, she said.“For biologists, the goal is always meant to be in terms of natural selection, and it doesn’t have a particular purpose other than survival,” she said. “Even the cooperation is for the survival of the group … whereas the theological perspective of love have the Kingdom of God in view.”However, these differences just increase humanity’s ability to link the two together, she said. While love and cooperation may differ between the natural world and morality, both forms of caritas have similar foundations, she said.“Caritas is grounded in friendship and love of God, which then overflows. … It is also infused by divine grace which takes humans to new possibilities in loving others beyond the biological tendencies,” Deane-Drummond said.Saint Mary’s junior Allison Danhof said she felt the lecture exemplified the way Saint Mary’s women think.“It’s important to view the world from a variety of perspectives to develop a well-rounded understanding of life,” Danhof said. “[Deane-Drummond’s] speech showed how two different perspectives can come together to create a unique picture.”The lecture concluded the Saint Mary’s College Center for Spirituality fall lecture series, a series that encouraged all people to draw connection between theology and biology, Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said. The series aimed to connect theology to the sciences, she said.“Theology that is intellectually responsible must be deeply engaged with all the sciences, including biology, in order to address questions about God, creation and humanity,” Egan said. Tags: Caritas, Celia Deane-Drummond, Center for Spirituality, evolution, Theology and Biology, theology lecture serieslast_img read more

Instructor at Bay Athletic Club gives tips on getting active this spring

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Spring is officially here. That means more sun, warmer, temperatures, and more motivation to get active.With the changing weather, people are more prone to getting out of the house and taking on physical challenges. Communications director at bay athletic club, Sarah Morrison, says this is the perfect time to use that warm-weather motivation to your advantage.“We should be moving every single day, you should be getting your heart rate up every single day, so if you want to go do that outside, like going for a brisk walk, going for a jog, even doing intervals where you jog for a minute, walk for two minutes, it’s super beneficial to the conditioning of your heart and your overall body.”Sarah also teaches classes at Bay Athletic Club that can help keep your body in shape, but heading to the gym isn’t the only way to keep you healthy and fit this summer.“You know, the beautiful thing about fitness, you truly can do it anywhere. And it’s about finding a place that you love to do it and that you will do it consistently because when you’re consistent, you’re going to get results. So your body is perfect for resistance training. Even just doing squats. Maybe you’re out for a walk and you see a park bench. You could like put your hands on the park bench and do some push ups right there on an incline. You could put one leg up and do a lunge. You could be doing walking lunges down the sidewalk, and if you’re on Chisholm or a busy street, just own it and be proud. You’re going to inspire someone doing that. “AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Active, bay athletic club, exercise, fitness, sarah, Spring, workoutContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, April 12Next Local church hosts Nerf Wars to keep community members connectedlast_img read more