Theologian Junghyung Kim will be presenting his findings around extraterrestrial life and what the challenges are to Christian faith at a free Zoom-based event on April 20 hosted by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences and the Graduate Theological Union.
Dr. Kim is a GTU graduate and is now teaching as an associate professor at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. He says that there are diverse models of atonement in the history of Christian thought, but it will be interesting to see which ones could survive with the discovery of ETI or extraterrestrial intelligent life. Could some of the models that turn out to be too anthropocentric and geocentric be untenable?
The talk will be held at 5:00 pm Pacific Time and those interested in attending are asked to email Melissa Moritz, [email protected], to register and receive the Zoom link. Kim seeks to look at the reconstruction of a Christian theology of atonement for an age of science, even if the premise of the discovery of ETI never comes to pass.
Kim’s Ph.D. dissertation in 2011 was on the “Cosmic Hope in a Scientific Age.” Other recent publications include: “Toward a Constructive Eschatology: An Appraisal of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s Contributions” (2020), “Six Different Theological Responses to the Scientific Prediction of the Decaying Universe” (2019), “Toward a Theology of Cosmic Hope: From Theo-anthropology to Theo-cosmology” (2018), “Christian Anthropology in an Age of Science: Between Anthropocentrism and Non-Anthropocentrism” (2018), and “The Doctrine of Creation: Belief in the Creator in an Age of Science” (2019, in Korean). He received the First Prize in the ISSR Essay Competition in Honor of John Polkinghorne (2010, International Society for Science and Religion) and the Charles H. Townes Graduate Fellowship in Theology and Science (2009-2010, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences).