International conference October 9-11, 2024 – Lille-France


International conference.
9 – 11 october 2024


Τaking into account studies on science and theology since the 1980’s, the conference aim is to analyze in which ways the ecological urgency, which puts into question scientific progress, has an impact on science and theology questions today, in particular through the development of technosciences and related engineering since the beginning of the 21st century.

Main topics in the field of sciences, technosciences and faith

Theology of creation

  • What can “integral ecology” mean within a theology of creation for today?
  • Can we revisit the theology of creation integrating both integral ecology and an orientation toward the science and faith dialog of today? An example would be the « Cosmic Christ » of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin…
  • In which respects can AI and NBIC (nanotechnology-biotechnology-information & cognitive sciences and their convergence) participate in the Christian theology of continued creation? (Human autonomy in integral ecology in regard to the ecumenical nature of Christian theology.)

Christian anthropology

  • What is the impact of genetics, neurosciences, and AI on anthropological questions today?
  • Can integral ecology affect the tripartite Christian anthropological tradition of “body-psychè-spirit »? Is it possible to revitalise the concept of the soul, which has been neglected by the natural sciences?
  • What would the consequences of the tripartite anthropology be in terms of the science and faith dialog today facing intelligent machines?
  • Can we envision “augmenting” human nature in Christian theology?

The question of scientific/social progress today

  • How to redefine scientific progress in the era of integral ecology? An intercultural meaning of progress, larger than the western one, might be a topic of interest.
  • What is the meaning and pertinence of integral ecology for scientific and social progress today?
  • Post-growth economy and green growth are both linked to different technology scenarios. Can we think of a concept of progress that is not modelled according to functions, but according to responsibilities?

The digital age and revolution

  • The numerical revolution with AI developments at the time of integral ecology: what relation to truth and reality, bearing on the question of limits? The question of a numerical fracture with societal aspects, which adds to the impact on poor people, has to be explored, as well as the question of the impact on future jobs.
  • What are the differences between human beings, intelligent machines, and animals?
  • Emergence of new numerical technologies (generative AI, and quantum computing): what future risks?

Social Christian teachings

Can social Christian thought be a pertinent reference to analyse the interaction between sciences and technosciences developments on social impacts, today and in the future? The educational approach favoring skills for evaluating reference frameworks will be emphasized

Peace, fraternity, in context of Ecumenism and interreligious dialog

  • What are the conditions for an Ecumenical and interreligious dialog on integral ecology for peace and fraternity?
  • Do the challenges linked to Integral Ecology open any space for a new alliance between Christian faith and Science after centuries of reciprocal suspicion and mistrust?
  • Do we have to go beyond the call of duty, in relation to poverty, to vulnerability?

Languages of the conference: French and English, with simultaneous translation

Wednesday October 9


Theology of creation

9:00-10:00 KEYNOTE
Philip CLAYTON, Institute for Ecological Civilization, Claremont (U.S.A.)
“Revisioning the relationship between the sciences and theology from the standpoint of integral ecology”

10:00-12:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS 30 min. each, including questions.

Theology of creation

Michel RAQUET, UCLy, (FR.) “The completion of creation and the integral development of the human person”

The digital age and revolution

Pierre GIORGINI, UCLille, (FR.) “AI and computer hyperpower at the heart of technoscientific convergence. A Christian looks at an unprecedented ethical challenge”

10:30 Break

Pavel GABOR, Vatican Observatory, Castelgandolfo (IT.) “The Book of Creation in Faith and in Science ”

Philippe DETERRE, Research Director Emeritus CNRS (FR.) “Revisiting Creation Theology”

Mathieu GUILLERMIN, UCLy, NHNAI project (FR.)
“What do we really mean when saying computers can or can’t do something? The (epistemological, and not only ethical) question of the place of lived experience.”

Dominique LAMBERT, Université de Namur (BE.) and Jacques PRINTZ, UCLille, (FR.)
“Inaccessible knowledge and limits of theorizing? Recognizing and accepting our limitations”


12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Theology of creation

13:40-14:30 KEYNOTE
Denis ALEXANDER, Faraday Institute / Cambridge University (U.K.) “Genetics and theology”

14:30-17:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS 30 min. each, including questions.

Theology of creation

Fabien REVOL, Centre Hélène et Jean Bastaire, (FR.) “The dignity of the human person from the standpoint of integral ecology and environment.”

Kathleen DUFFY, Emeritus, Chestnut Hill College (U.S.A.) “Teilhard’s Christic as Motivation for Earth’s Healing”

The digital age and revolution

Stoyan TANEV, Carleton University, (CAN.) “The Adventures of the Digital: Quantum Computing »

Benoît ROBYNS, JUNIA, (FR.), “Smart Users for Energy & Societal Transition »

15:30-15:50 Break

Jean-Marc MOSCHETTA, ICT, (FR.) “Cosmic christology at the time of techno-sapiens, from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to Ilia Delio

Stefano BIANCU, LUMSA, (IT.) “«Humanus» means Benevolent. Rethinking the Human Specificity at the Time of AI. ”

17:30 Invitation to the solemn lecture of Lille Catholic University 
            Cocktail follows

Thursday October 10

The digital age and revolution

9:00-10:00 KEYNOTE
Éric CHARMETANT, Facultés Loyola, Paris (FR.), “Digital technosciences and integral ecology”

10:00-10:20 PARALLEL SESSIONS 30 min. each, including questions.

The question of scientific/social progress today

Grégory AIMAR, journalist, (FR.) “Integral ecology and integrist technology: two visions, two pathways for the future”

Christian anthropology

Francis AGBOKOU, Doctoral student at ICP / SOFTE and research team of the Centre Hélène et Jean Bastaire, (FR./ Togo) “Teilhard de Chardin revisited by John Haught for a situated anthropology”

10:30-10:50 Break

Roland CAZALIS, Université de Namur (BE.) “A Scientific Paradigm for an Age of Integral Ecology.”

Patrick FARFAL, engineer and author (FR.) “How to progress toward an integral ecology with a simplistic social vision? Crossing Teilhard’s and Pope Francis’ contributions”

Dominique LAMBERT, Université de Namur (BE.) “Peace and technologies from the perspective of integral

Brigitte CHOLVY, Emeritus ICP (FR.), Thierry MAGNIN, UCLille, (FR.) “The mediating effect of animal intelligence in the relationship of man to machine today”

Philippe GAGNON,
UCLille, (FR.) “An anthropology from a process perspective?”

Pediatrist (FR.) “Neuroplasticity and Teilhard de Chardin.”

12:20-13:30 Lunch break

Theology of creation

13:30-14:30 KEYNOTE
Richard BAUCKHAM, University of St. Andrews, (U.K.) “Being Human in the Community of Creation: biblical approach”

14:30-17:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS 30 min. each, including questions.

The question of scientific/social progress today

Bernard MICHOLLET, Associate researcher UCLille (FR.) “Progress at the crossroads of integral ecology and theology of creation”

Emmanuel PIC, UCLille (FR.) “Work envisaged beyond a production factor: a determining factor for progress” 

Christian anthropology

Thierry MAGNIN, UCLille, Vincent GREGOIRE-DELORY, ICT, (FR.) “The influence of the environment on the body-psyche-spirit in man” 

Jean-Luc MARTIN-LAGARDETTE, Journalist and author, (FR.) “The absent soul or the mystery of the ‘stolen letter’?”

15:30-15:50 Break

Mercè PRATS, Associate researcher at the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes (FR.) “The geologian Thomas Berry as reader of Teilhard de Chardin” 

Axel SIEGEMUND, Institute für Katholische Theologie, RWTH (GER.) “Environmental and technological ethics: an irreconcilable encounter?”

Alejandro PEREZ, Centre Théologique de Meylan (FR.) “Marc Bellion, informational emergentism, and the intermediate state.” 

Paulo RODRIGUES, UCLille, (FR.) “Neurosciences and religion: can entheogenic substances bring about ‘spiritual’ experiences?”

Evening :  Gala 

Friday October 11

9:00-9:20  David DOAT, Franck DAMOUR, UCLille (FR.) and Jean-Marc MOSCHETTA “Anthology of humanistic figures crossing technics and religion” 

09:30-12:20 PARALLEL SESSIONS 30 min. each, including questions.

Social Christian teaching

Sébastien CARCELLE, UCLille, (FR.) “The Christian roots of agroecology in Brazil”

Franck DAMOUR, Associate researcher ETH+/ETHICS, UCLille, (FR.) “Breaking with the ‘technocratic paradigm’ through a ‘science of man’? Insights from Ivan Illich at the time of integral ecology.”

Peace, fraternity, in context of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue

Benoit BOUREL, UCLille, (FR.) “Biodiversity: Intrinsic Value or management of goods and services?”

Marcel COMBY, Retired from l’Enseignement supérieur (FR.) “A convergence between ecumenical science and contemporary ecological science”

10:30-10:50 Break

Bernard JARRY-LACOMBE, CEF, (FR.) “AI, ethics, and Christian social thought”

Isabelle ROUSSEL, Emeritus, Université de Lille, (FR.) “Integral ecology revisits health”

Boleslav VRANY, Computer scientist, (CZ.) “Living our daily work as collaboration with God”

Isabelle PRIAULET, ICP et Centre Hélène et Jean BASTAIRE, (FR.) “The spiritual shift of collapsology”

Joseph Ntumba TSHIAMBI, Doctoral student, UCLouvain (BE.) “Supporting and accompanying ecoanxious persons: a challenge to the interreligious dialogue?”

Bruno DUFAY, Spiritual management coach, Centre Teilhard de Chardin (FR.) “An ecology of union”

12:30-13:05  ROUND TABLE 

ABOUT INTEGRAL ECOLOGY DURING THE CONFERENCE Coordinator : François EUVÉ , Loyola Paris Faculties, (FR.)

Afternoon  Visit of the city of Lille (optional, with registration)

Philippe Gagnon

Chaire Sciences, technosciences et foi à l’heure de l’écologie intégrale
Laboratoire ETHICS (EA 7446)

Université Catholique de Lille
60, boulevard Vauban – CS 40109
59016 Lille Cedex