'Resistance to Change in a Theory of Change'

Since the 1940s, evolutionary theory has been hailed as one of the most successful scientific theories of all time, being tested so thoroughly that it is nearly considered scientific fact. However, when a theory is all about change, shouldn't the theory itself be open to change?

Robert Shedinger, Luther College professor of religion, will discuss the reluctance of evolutionary scientists to re-evaluate the theory of evolution at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

Shedinger's lecture, "Resistance to Change in a Theory of Change: Religion, Science and Evolutionary Theory's Failure to Evolve," is the opening lecture of the Luther College 2015-16 Religion Forum Series. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Shedinger has been a professor at Luther since 2000, primarily teaching courses on biblical studies, Islamic studies and science and religion.

He has written several books, including "Was Jesus a Muslim? Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion" and "Radically Open: Transcending Religious Identity in an Age of Anxiety," and in June 2015, his most recent work, "Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam," was published by Cascade Books.

Shedinger holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology, a master's degree in religious studies and a doctoral degree in religious studies from Temple University. He also holds a Master of Divinity from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Robert Shedinger