Accounting for the Order of Things: Science, Chopin, and the Word Made Flesh
with Prof Murray Rae

Laidlaw College and the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago warmly invite you to a public lecture by Prof Murray Rae on the topic Accounting for the Order of Things: Science, Chopin and the Word Made Flesh.


In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul makes an astonishing claim. Jesus Christ, Paul says, ‘is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things and in him all things hold together’ (Col. 1: 15-17). In Christ, Paul claims, we have to do with the one in and through whom the entire universe came to be. We are encountered by the one who is in person the very logic of creation, the one who reveals the end and purpose to which all things are directed. Drawing an analogy with Chopin’s first Ballade, this paper will explore whether any sense can be made of this claim when set alongside scientific explanations of reality.

Where Christchurch Campus
When 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP by Thursday 24 May to 03 354 4270 or chch@laidlaw.ac.nz

Professor Murray RaeAbout Professor Murray Rae

Murray Rae trained first as an architect, then studied theology and philosophy at Otago. He completed his PhD at King's College, London, on the incarnation in the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. His research interests include the work of Søren Kierkegaard, Theology and Architecture, Christian Pacifism, Biblical Hermeneutics, Christian Doctrine, and the development of Christian faith amongst Maori.