Nazarenes Exploring Origins Conference

| By Mark H. Mann and Thomas Jay Oord

Recently, one of the BioLogos Foundation’s “Evolution and Christian Faith” grant recipients hosted a conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in California aimed at opening up conversations about origins between scholars, pastors, and laity of the Nazarene church. Codirected by Mark Mann and Thomas Jay Oord, the meeting brought together individuals with diverse views on origins to discuss “a topic that a lot of people don’t feel comfortable talking about.” As described in the video, the conference was a success because attendees were able to respectfully dialogue with each other, in person, to address their differences and consider alternate points of view.

A two minute video describing the conference has now been posted:


About the Authors

Mark H. Mann

Mark H. Mann is the director of the Wesleyan Center, Point Loma Press, and Honors Program at Point Loma Nazarene University. Mark received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Nazarene College and went on to earn both an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies (2004) from Boston University. Mann previously served at Colgate University where he was both chaplain and professor. Mann has previous experience in editing, student development and staff ministry at the local church level.

Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D. is professor of theology and philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University. He is the author and/or editor of about a dozen books, including Creation Made Free, Divine Grace and Emerging Creation, and Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement. He blogs frequently on issues of theology, science, and philosophy at