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A Science and Faith Course for Pastors

Craig Story and Justin Topp, ECF Recipients
July 28, 2014
Wenham, MA

ECF Recipents, Craig Story and Justin Topp, will be hosting a Science and Faith course at Gordon College in Massachusetts. This week long course will be held starting July 28 through August 2.

Our overarching goal is to provide the cohort of invited pastors with tools to approach issues of science and faith with greater confidence. This week-long course is a primary way we, the instructors, will engage in helpful dialog with pastors. We will learn through this process what materials, information and discussion questions are most useful for fostering greater understanding of key issues, and this will be used to further improve and develop the course itself and other materials for use by people of faith in other contexts. This year, the 20 participants in the course are from all over the US, Canada and include local pastors from Korea.

Associated with this course, there are three evening events open to the public:
Tuesday July 29: Dr. Ashley Zauderer (Title: “Transient Astronomy and Gamma Ray Bursts (in plain English) “
Wednesday July 30: Dr. David Ussery (Title: “A medical revolution from rapid DNA sequencing (in plain English)”. Dr Ussery is a leading expert on microbial bioinformatics)
Thursday July 31: Public showing of the documentary film “Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist”
These begin at 6:00 PM in the Gordon College Ken Olsen Science Center, Room 109.
Each of these public events will be followed by informal discussion of the talk and its relation to faith and science.

This is the first workshop funded by this grant. Approximately 20 pastors will be attending, from all over the US and Canada, and Korea.

Forum Presentation on “Divine Hiddenness and Evolutionary Biology”

Dr. John T. Mullen, ECF Recipient
July 27, 2014
Lindsborg, KS

Dr. John T. Mullen will be speaking at a church in Kansas regarding his Evolution and Christian Faith project. His talk “Divine Hiddenness and Evolutionary Biology: Should We Expect God to Create Gradually?” will be at Bethany Lutheran Church on July 27 from 9:00-10:00 am.

Evolution and Christian Faith on The Tokens Show

July 17, 2014
Dayton, TN

The Tokens Show will feature a special on Evolution and Christian faith, taped for public television on location at the Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, TN, venue of the famous Scopes Trial.

For ticket information visit: TokensShow.com.

A Sunday Morning Interview on Science and Faith

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
July 6, 2014
Lansing, MI

On July 6, 2014, Deborah Haarsma will speak at Sycamore Creek Church. The sermon where she will be interviewed will be at Lansing Christian School where their services are at 9:30 and 11:15 am. She will be asked about evolution and faith with some questions pertaining to the beginning of the universe.

Follow-up after the event: Listen to Deb Haarsma’s talk at Sycamore Creek Church.

Seminar at Calvin College

Cara Wall-Scheffler, ECF Recipient
June 25, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

Cara Wall-Scheffler an ECF recipient will be speaking at Calvin College on June 25. This public lecture is titled “Thinking about Human Creation through the Complementary Lens of Science and Faith.”

Apologetics Conference

Dominic Halsmer, ECF Recipient
June 12, 2014
Moore, OK

Dominic Halsmer, an ECF recipient, will be speaking at First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. This lecture titled “Science and the Wisdom of God” is part of an Apologetics Conference.

Five Conferences on the Theological Series about Genesis 1-3

Bruno Synnott, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
June 4, 2014
Quebec, Canada

Starting in February, Saint-Eustache church in Quebec will be hosting five conferences on the theological series about Genesis1-3.

The conferences will take place every first wedneday of each month starting in February and ending June 2014. They will be given by Bruno Synnott, a member of H-A-R-M-O-N-Y and youth pastor in this church.

He will address young people who ask questions about the possible reconcilation between Genesis 1-3 and science. He will show that the intentions of the text are not to be considered historical reports, but to give theological insights about God, the origin of the universe and mankind, as well as the problem of suffering and sin.

A Dialogue on Morality, Religion, and Evolution

Jeff Schloss, Senior Scholar
June 3, 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

On June 3, Jeff Schloss presented “Do We Need God to be Moral? A Dialogue on Morality, Religion, and Evolution” in Amsterdam. His talk with primatologist Frans de Waal was recorded and can be viewed here.

Abstract:
What distinguishes a human being from other primates? Although many different answers are possible, most people will argue that, among other things, human beings have a capacity for moral reflection that influences our decisions while other primates are led by their instincts. Instead of following our natural instincts of aggression, violence and sexuality, we consider values like equality, freedom and responsibility of major importance. These values are grounded in a religion, a worldview or a philosophy.

Commencement at Bethel University

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
May 24, 2014
St. Paul, MN

Deborah Haarsma will be speaking at the commencement ceremony for Bethel University where Deb completed her undergraduate work in physics and music.

A Philosophical Worship

Roger Lefebrvre, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
May 14, 2014
Namur, Belgium

Roger Lefebvre from the H-A-R-M-O-N-Y project has been invited to a “philosophical worship” at the Athénée royal de Namur in Belgium. He will explain how it is possible to be both scientific and evangelical.

A Forum on Origins

Benjamin McFarland, ECF Recipient, Seattle Pacific University
May 9, 2014
Seattle, WA

Explore two Christian responses to a naturalistic narrative about how life developed on earth with a panel discussion at the University Presbyterian Church. The Intelligent Design perspective will be discussed by Dr. Stephen Meyer, philosopher of science and author of Darwin’s Doubt. The Evolutionary Creation perspective will be provided by Dr. Patrick McDonald, Seattle Pacific University professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Benjamin McFarland, SPU professor of Biochemisty.

This is a free event! Click here to register.

“Science and Faith” Event

Roger Lefebrvre, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
May 6, 2014
Belgique, Belgium

Roger Lefebvre from the H-A-R-M-O-N-Y project has been invited to a two-day pedagogical event for protestant religion teachers in Belgium. He was invited by the “academic organization for the official protestant teaching in high school in Belgium”, to speak about our organization “association science et foi chrétienne” (science and Christian faith) and his book, The False Problem of Evolution

This event will take place in Athénée de La Louvière (Belgium).

“Galaxies, Genes, and the Glory of God: Intersections of Science and Christian Faith”

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
May 2, 2014
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Pittsburgh, PA

Deborah Haarsma will be speaking at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in May. This lecture is part of the annual J. Hubert Henderson Conference on Church and Ministry.

11:00 a.m. “Engaging Science in the Life of Your Congregation” Science and technology are integral to modern western life, yet Christians are often perceived to be opposed to science. How can this stereotype be corrected? What could it look like to engage science more effectively in local churches? Science can enhance the church’s ministry in evangelism, discipleship, environmental stewardship, and service to the poor. Most of all, science can enrich our worship of the God who created it all.

2:00 p.m. “Christian Perspectives on Creation, Design, Evolution, and Human Origins” Christians today hold a range of views on origins. The most prominent debates are between young earth creationism and atheistic evolution; this talk will review other positions, including old earth creationism, intelligent design, and evolutionary creationism. Come for an introduction to the key scientific evidence around origins from astronomy, geology, paleontology, and genetics, and how it all intersects with the Bible and human significance.

4:00 p.m. “God and the Universe” The psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  What is modern astronomy revealing about God? The discoveries of the last 100 years have transformed our understanding of the universe and its expansion, and even introduced the possibility that our universe is part of a much larger multiverse. Come for a tour of a universe, from extrasolar planets to baby stars, from galaxies to dark matter, all seen through the eyes of faith.

“Evolution, Sin, and Redemption”

Loren Haarsma, ECF Recipient
May 2, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

Loren Haarsma will speak at the Christian Perspectives in Science seminar at Calvin College. His lecture on “Evolution, Sin, and Redemption: Multiple Ways to Harmonize Human Evolution and the Doctrine of Original Sin” is part of a current ECF grant.

“Are the Bible and Science in Conflict?”

Benoît Hébert, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
April 26, 2014
Amiens, France

Eglise évangélique d’Amiens in France will be hosting Benoît Hébert from the H-A-R-M-O-N-Y project. This ECF funded event is titled “Bible et Science sont-elles en conflit?” or “Are the Bible and Science in Conflict?”

“Science and Faith” Event

Roger Lefebrvre, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
April 24, 2014
Belgique, Belgium

Roger Lefebvre from the H-A-R-M-O-N-Y project has been invited to a two-day pedagogical event for protestant religion teachers in Belgium. He was invited by the “academic organization for the official protestant teaching in high school in Belgium”, to speak about our organization “association science et foi chrétienne” (science and Christian faith) and his book, The False Problem of Evolution

This event will take place in Athénée de La Louvière (Belgium).

“The Living World and the Living God: How Bioscience Can Enrich Faith”

Jeff Schloss, BioLogos Senior Scholar
April 12, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Jeff Schloss will be conducting a day long seminar in April at the Newbigin Fellows Program. The seminar is titled “The Living World and the Living God: How Bioscience Can Enrich Faith”.

Grand Dialogue 2014

Dr. Alvin Plantiga, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
April 12, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Alvin Plantinga will be speaking at the Grand Dialogue Conference at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He will be lecturing on “Religion and Science: Where the Conflict Really Lies.” Registration is required to attend. After the lecture, Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos, will be one of the respondents from the discussion.

Deborah Haarsma will also be speaking on “What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution” in a break-out session at 2:00 pm.

“Christian Perspective on Origin of Species and Humanity”

Dennis Venema, BioLogos Fellow
April 11, 2014
Longview, TX

Dennis Venema will be part of a forum at LeTourneau University. The forum is a follow-up to the debate on creation as a viable model of origins. Dennis Venema will be speaking along with Georgia Purdom from Ohio State University. This will be held in the EDUC. Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Contact the school for questions.

“Genes, Freedom, and God”

Denis Alexander, BioLogos Board of Advisors
April 10, 2014
Falcon Heights, MN

Denis Alexander, Director for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College in Cambridge, will be speaking at The MacLaurin Institute on April 10. His lecture is part of the V. Elving Anderson Lecture Series.

Lecture abstract: We hear reports today that genes determine everything from religiosity to political affiliation. At the same time, recent developments in fields such as epigenetics suggest that our genetic makeup is more complicated than these reports imply. In this lecture, Dr. Alexander examines the challenges presented by contemporary genetics for religious visions of human freedom and moral responsibility.

“Do We Need God to be Moral?”

Jeff Schloss, BioLogos Senior Scholar
April 10, 2014
Madison, WI

Jeff Schloss will be a part of a major public exchange with primatologist Frans de Waal at the University of Wisconsin in April. The exchange is titled “Do We Need God to Be Moral?: a Dialogue on Morality, Religion and Evolution”.

Evangelical Scientists Network

Roger Lefebvre, ECF Recipient, Harmony Project
April 5, 2014
Nyon, Switzerland

Roger Lefebvre from the H-A-R-M-O-N-Y project will present their organization “association science et foi chrétienne” (science and Christian faith) and his book, The False Problem of Evolution.

The theme of this event is “Science and Apologetics”. Eglise de la fraternelle.

Seminar on Human Origins

David Wilcox, ECF Recipient
April 4, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI

David Wilcox, Biology Department emeritus at Calvin College, will be speaking at Calvin College for a seminar on human origins. His lecture is titled “Seeking Adam: Questions from Genetics.”

“Creatures of God: Christian Faith, Evolution, and Human Nature”

Paul Allen, ECF Recipient, Concordia University
March 28, 2014
Moncton, NB, Canada

ECF grantee Dr. Paul Allen is conducting a one-day symposium exploring the themes of human nature, faith, and evolution in the light of science, biblical texts, and Christian tradition. Speakers include Dr. Ernest Lucas (University of Bristol), Dr. Scott Dunham (University of New Brunswick), and Dr. Robert Larmer (University of New Brunswick).

Let the Conversation Evolve

Ken Wilson, Emily Swan, and David Paladino, ECF Recipients
March 22, 2014
Akron, OH

Ken Wilson, Emily Swan, and David Paladino, from Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor MI, are hosting a science-faith reconciliation event between evolutionary scientists and faith leaders at the University of Akron. Approximate 20 pastors, professors, and InterVarsity campus leaders will gather to discuss Christian misunderstandings about evolution, as well as resources to help evangelicals embrace theistic evolution.

This is an invite-only event.

Colloquium on Religion, Ethics, and Science

Ted Davis, BioLogos Fellow
March 19, 2014
Tempe, AZ

The Arizona Center for Christian Studies (ACCS) invites Arizona State University faculty and students to submit proposals for brief (10-minute) presentations on the general subject of science and faith for a colloquium in conjunction with the visit of Professor Ted Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College.

“The Cosmic Question: God in a World Explained by Science”

James Stump, BioLogos Content Manager
March 16, 2014
Goshen, IN

Jim Stump will be speaking at the New Perspectives on Faith meeting at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, IN. The title of his talk is “The Cosmic Question: God in a World Explained by Science.”

Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes

John Walton, BioLogos Board of Advisors
March 13, 2014
Wilmore, KY

John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, will be speaking at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky on March 13 at 7:00 pm.

Solid Rock Lectures

Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth, and Joel Duff, ECF Recipients, Solid Rock Lectures
March 7, 2014
Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah College will be hosting an event on March 7 and 8 from Solid Rock Lectures. Solid Rock Lectures is an ECF recipient.

The topic “Understanding the Evidence for an Ancient Earth: The Bible, Evolution, and Age” is the same for both days. Learn more about the speakers here.

Modern Science and Religious Faith: A Thoughtful Partnership

Deborah Haarsma (President), Jeff Hardin (Board of Directors), and John Walton (Board of Advisors)
March 1, 2014
Middleton, Wisconsin

Deborah Haarsma, Jeff Hardin and John Walton will be speaking at Blackhawk Church in Wisconsin on March 1. Deb’s lecture is titled “A Universe of Wonder.” Jeff will be speaking on “The Bible, Biotechnology, and the Beginnings of Life.” John lecture is about “Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eye.”

The Believing Neandertal: A Conversation on Evolution, Faith, and Human Uniqueness

Jeff Schloss, BioLogos Senior Scholar
February 27, 2014
Knoxville, TN

Jeff Schloss will be in dialogue with paleoanthropologist, Andy Kramer at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on February 27. This dialogue is part of The Veritas Forum. For more information, see the The Veritas Forum website.

Solid Rock Lectures

Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth, Joel Duff, ECF Recipient, Solid Rock Lectures
February 24, 2014
West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach Atlantic University will be hosting two chapel sessions and two evening lectures from Solid Rock Lectures. Solid Rock Lectures is an ECF recipient.

On February 24, Gregg Davidson will be speaking and his lecture is titled “Should science ever be allowed to influence biblical understanding? Lessons from history.” And Ken Wolgemuth’s lecture is titled “What makes geologists think the age question has been answered?”

On February 25, Gregg Davidson speaks again on “God called the earth to bring forth life-and it obeyed! (Bible, science, and the origin of life)” and Joel Duff’s lecture is titled “Evolution: Interesting idea or robust science?”

Learn more about the speakers here.

“God Creates Out of Creation in Love”

Thomas Jay Oord, BioLogos Board of Advisors and ECF Recipient
February 17, 2014
Manchester, England

Thomas Jay Oord is planning a lecture titled “God Creates Out of Creation in Love” at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester England on February 17.

AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting

Jennifer Wiseman (Board of Directors) and Ted Davis (Senior Fellow)
February 17, 2014
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Wiseman, BioLogos board member, will be in attendance at the AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting where she co-organized two events. The first event “Religious Communities, Science, Scientists, and Perceptions: A Comprehensive Survey” is on February 16, 2014. This includes four speakers discussing the preliminary findings from 3,000 survey respondents, including evangelical Christians, mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and a wide swath of scientific professionals. Unifying and polarizing scientific issues, perceptions of motivations, and the influence of authority figures in both religious and scientific communities in shaping attitudes toward each other will be discussed.

The second event is with BioLogos fellow, Ted Davis on February 17, 2014. He will be speaking at the session titled “Science, Religion, and Modern Physicists: New Studies”. His lecture will be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and his lecture is titled “Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton on Science and Religion.”

Registration is required for this event.

The Jubilee Conference

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
February 14, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

Deborah Haarsma will be speaking at The Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh, PA starting on February 14. She will be speaking on a science track titled “Following Christ in Science and Technology” and “Creation, Design, and Evolution”.

WORD Christian Talk Radio 101.5 FM

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
February 13, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

President Deborah Haarsma will be interviewed with John and Kathy on WORD Christian Talk radio discussing her perspective on the continuous debate on origins and the nature and quality of her work at BioLogos.

Listen to the podcast. Deb’s interview on the radio show starts at 1:11:40 on the recording.

Sixth Annual Forum on Science and Religion

Ted Davis, BioLogos Senior Fellow
February 12, 2014
Shippensburg, PA

Our very own fellow, Ted Davis will be speaking at the Sixth Annual Forum on Science and Religion at Shippensburg University for the 205th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. He will make two presentations: “Intelligent Design on Trial” and “Darwin and Religion: Rumors of Warfare in a Post-Darwinian Age.”

“God and the Multiverse”

Deborah Haarsma, President of BioLogos
February 7, 2014
Westmont College; Santa Barbara, CA

Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos, will be traveling to Westmont College on February 7. She will be speaking at a science seminar about “God and the Multiverse.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Reimagined

Darrel Falk, BioLogos Senior Advisor for Dialogue
February 3, 2014
Dayton, TN

BioLogos Senior Advisor for Dialogue, Darrel Falk will be part of The Colossian Forum event discussing the “Origins of Human Existence on February 3. This public forum will be held at the Rhea Country Courthouse in Dayton, TN.

Christianity and the Life of the Mind

Ard Louis, BioLogos Board of Directors
February 1, 2014
Jesus College, Oxford

Ard Louis will be speaking at Jesus College’s Ship Street Conference Centre on February 1. His lecture will be focused on his own academic career and experience with postgraduate ministry. He will answer the question “What does our calling to be disciples of Christ mean for our academic vocation?”

Calvin Worship Symposium

Jon Hill, ECF Recipient
January 30, 2014
Calvin College; Grand Rapids, MI

Jon Hill, assistant professor in the Sociology department at Calvin College, will be conducting a workshop starting January 30. This workshop will review some of the social science finding on the influence of college on religious faith. It will conclude with some possible implications of research for churches and ministries that work with college students.

Up for Debate

Ard Louis, BioLogos Board of Directors
January 25, 2014

Ard Louis, will be interviewed on Moody Radio on January 25. Julie Roys hosts a show on Moody Radio called Up for Debate where they tackle some of the hot topics in the evangelical world. Ard Louis will share his viewpoints on theistic evolution alongside Michael Behe, an American biochemist and advocate of intelligent design. This show airs live on Saturday morning from 8am-9am CST with listener interaction.

“Our Place in an Amazing Universe”

Jennifer Wiseman, BioLogos Board of Directors
January 24, 2014
Calvin College; Grand Rapids, MI

The January Series at Calvin College has already begun. This is a nationally acclaimed lecture series that takes place every year on Calvin’s campus and our very own board member, Jennifer Wiseman, will be speaking on “Our Place in an Amazing Universe.

“Beyond the Conflict Between Faith and Science”

Timothy Larsen, Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College
January 23, 2014
Wheaton College; Wheaton, IL

Timothy Larsen will be speaking on January 23. His lecture is titled “Beyond the Conflict Between Faith and Science.” This lecture begins at 7:00 pm at Armerding Lecture Hall, Wheaton College.

Mere Anglicanism 2014

Denis Alexander, BioLogos Board of Advisors
January 23, 2014
Charleston, SC

Denis Alexander will be speaking in South Carolina at Mere Anglicanism 2014 conference. Denis and other speakers will be discussing “Science, Faith and Apologetics: An Answer for the Hope That is Within Us.”

High School Speaking Engagement

Jim Stump, Content Manager for BioLogos
January 22, 2014

BioLogos is preparing for multiple speaking engagements this month and next month. Wednesday, January 22, Jim Stump will be speaking at a charter high school in Indiana.

3rd Annual International School Choice and Reform Academic Conference

Jon Hill, ECF Recipient
January 18, 2014
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jon Hill, assistant professor in the Sociology department at Calvin College, will present a talk on school sector and beliefs about human origins using data from his ECF-funded survey on religion and human origins.

“Conversations: Science, Scientists, and the Human Spirit”

Jennifer Wiseman, BioLogos Board of Directors
December 11, 2013
Washington D.C.

DoSER hosts “Conversations: Science, Scientists, and the Human Spirit” lecture on December 11. This lecture features BioLogos board member, Jennifer Wiseman, in dialogue with Krista Tippett.

“Inspired Science; Robert Boyle”

Ted Davis, BioLogos Senior Fellow
December 11, 2013
WLCR AM radio

BioLogos fellow Ted Davis speaks on WLCR. His talk is titled “Inspired Science; Robert Boyle”. This lecture coincides with his blog series on Robert Boyle.

“Is Evolution the Enemy of Faith?”

Thomas Jay Oord, BioLogos Board of Advisors and ECF Recipient
November 21, 2013
Baltimore, MD

Thomas Jay Oord speaks in Baltimore at the Old Otterbein Church in San Diego. His lecture is titled “Is Evolution the Enemy of Faith?”

“Four Views on the Historical Adam”

John Walton (ECF Recipient and BioLogos Board of Advisors) and Denis Lamoureux (Blog Author for BioLogos)
November 19, 2013
Baltimore, MD

John Walton and Denis Lamoureux will be speaking with C. John Collins and William Barrick as they share the stage in Baltimore during ASA‘s annual meeting for the Evangelical Theological Society. Their lecture is titled “Four Views on the Historical Adam.”

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting

Jon Hill, ECF Recipient
November 9, 2013
Boston, MA

Jon Hill, assistant professor in the Sociology department at Calvin College, presents an overview and analysis of his ECF-funded survey on religion and human origins.

“Same Universe, Different Lenses: Science, Ethics, and Religion in Dialogue”

Jennifer Wiseman, BioLogos Board Member
November 3, 2013
Miami, FL

BioLogos board member,Jennifer Wiseman, speaks at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Miami. Her lecture is titled “Same Universe, Different Lenses: Science, Ethics, and Religion in Dialogue” and you can listen to it here.