There are two centers associated with the Greystone Theological Institute: The Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology (CSET) and the Lydia Center for Women and Families. Please see descriptons below to learn more about these centers.
CSET exists to promote sustained and vigorous thinking about the ethical consequences of technological change. To that end, the Center offers courses, colloquia, and online resources dedicated to understanding the role of technology in human affairs. We are awash in a sea of technology. While human beings have always used tools to make their way in the world, the scope, complexity, and power of our tools have grown exponentially over the last two centuries.
This change has unfolded at a bewildering pace, making it difficult to perceive and address the attendant moral and ethical challenges which confront individuals, institutions, and communities. Looking toward the decades ahead it would seem that similar challenges will continue to emerge. Advances in digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence research, and technologies of human enhancement promise to raise a host of new ethical quandaries. Keeping up with the pace of technological change is hard enough, finding thoughtful commentary that helps clarify the moral stakes is harder still. Through its various offerings, CSET makes the best thinking about technology available to those trying to live wisely with technology.
Greystone’s Lydia Center for Women and Families has been formed to advance research and provide resources in the areas of women, marriage and family, and children. Through the Lydia website and blog, and especially through lecture events, symposia, publications, and workshops, the Lydia Center encourages collaboration among scholars in biblical, theological, historical, and linguistic disciplines for research output that is serviceable to clergy and laypersons, Christian academic and religious institutions, and families. The mission of Lydia is to develop and foster theologically coherent and Scripturally determined guidance to major questions and concerns in the Christian community, and to do so from within the rich context of confessional Reformed catholicity. While the scope of academic interest is inevitably vast, Lydia organizes research and educational endeavors in the following key areas:
- Biblical, historical, theological, ethical, and linguistic analyses of the nature and telos of man and woman;
- Man and woman created as both purposefully distinct and fully complementary;
- Marriage roles and responsibilities, divorce theory, including the complex dangers of patriarchy in Scripture, history, and society;
- The critical importance of biblical hermeneutics of gender and family which distinguish descriptive from normative texts, and which investigate in a theologically fruitful way the Torah function of biblical narrative;
- Children as creatures with integrity, voice, and status within Scripture and the Christian tradition