The Solubility of Salt

Lisanne Winslow and Walter Schultz will give a public address on “The Solubility of Salt: Causation, Dispositions, and Divine Action”

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Free and open to the public


Woulfe Alumni Hall South

On Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas, on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall South, Rev. Dr. Lisanne Winslow, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, and Dr. Walter Schultz, Professor of Philosophy and Scholar-in-Residence, at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, will give a public address on “The Solubility of Salt: Causation, Dispositions, and Divine Action.” A response will be given by Dr. Gloria Frost of the Department of Philosophy at St. Thomas. The event will be moderated by Philip Rolnick, Professor of Theology at St. Thomas and Chair of the Twin Cities’ Science and Theology Network (STN).
The event is sponsored by the St. Thomas Department of Theology, Philosophy, and the Science and theology Network. A reception will follow the event.

“Divine action” in this presentation will describe how to understand the role of God’s acting in a scientific mechanism, the dissolving of salt.

The collaboration of Professors Winslow and Schultz has been widely hailed, both in the Twin Cities and in England at Oxford University.

Dr. Walter J. Schultz holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Philosophy (University of Minnesota) with doctoral specializations in mathematical logic and economic theory. He studied economics with Leonid Hurwicz who later won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007. Dr. Schultz taught at Cedarville University and Bethel Seminary. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Scholar-in-Residence and the University of Northwestern in St Paul. He has been profoundly influenced by the Christ-centeredness of the 18th-century theologian/philosopher Jonathan Edwards. His work over the last 15 years has been devoted to exploring how God’s acting according to his plans for his purposes in Christ might affect how we should understand the metaphysics of modality and the basic concepts of mathematics and science.

Rev. Dr. Lisanne Winslow holds a BA, MS and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA, a Masters in Theology and Religion from United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, MN, and is currently working part-time on a Doctor of Theology degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Rev. Dr. Winslow is currently Chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Northwestern, St Paul, MN. Dr. Winslow is a professor in both the Department of Biology and Biochemistry as well as the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies where she teaches Science and Theology courses in addition to her Biology classes. Her lifelong research on marine invertebrate immunology has brought her to study sea urchins, starfish and brittle stars in nearly every world ocean, while maintaining an active research program in her lab at Northwestern. Her research, however, spans two disciplines; she also maintains an ongoing research program in Science and Theology. Her areas of interest involve an investigation of the role of Divine Action in biological mechanisms, while also refining and expanding Jonathan Edward’s typological methodology of the natural world. Rev. Dr. Winslow is also an ordained minister in the Congregational Church and is a part-time Associate Pastor at People’s Congregational Church in Bayport, MN. In addition to her theological and scientific interests, Dr. Winslow is also a mother of two amazing daughters, prolific poet, with nine books of published poetry expressing faith and biology in poetic form.

Inexpensive parking is available in the ramp at the SW corner of Cretin and Grand.

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