On the Road with Senior Scholar Jeff Schloss
In 2013, BioLogos staff, fellows, and advisors have been on the road speaking about faith and science to many audiences, including churches, Christian schools, universities, pastors, and secular scholars. BioLogos Senior Scholar Jeffrey Schloss has been especially busy, pursuing his research at the intersection of evolutionary biology and Christian faith and sharing his findings at events for both scholarly and lay audiences. Here’s just a sampling of his travels in 2013:
In February, Schloss was on the campus of the University of Arizona for a public conversation with evolutionary biologist Anna Dorhaus about their differing views on the religious implications of evolution, titled “Love They Neighbor? Biology, Altruism, and Why We Do Good.” Later that month he engaged leading primatologist Frans de Waal at Emory University on the topic “Morality Without God?” Both events were sponsored by the Veritas Forum and can be viewed in their entirety online. Schloss teamed up again with Veritas in July to help coach a group of Veritas Fellows for effective engagement with the university campus on issues of science and faith.
In March, Schloss spoke at an all-day seminar at Seneca Creek Community Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland -- the first in a series of joint events between BioLogos and Reasons to Believe in which leaders from both organizations will explain their scientific differences in the context of gracious dialogue and true Christian friendship. You can listen to the lectures at the Seneca Creek website. That same month, Schloss also gave an invited presentation on evolution and biblical faith to a workshop of evangelical Old Testament scholars in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In April, Schloss led a day long workshop on Christian belief and contemporary bioscience for the Newbigin Fellows Program, a year-long program for young professionals studying the scriptures and current social issues. He also delivered (with colleague Michael Murray) the Hartshorne Memorial Lecture in Philosophy of Religion at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, on “Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away?”
Also in April, Schloss spoke at the BioLogos meeting of campus ministers in New York on ”Science, Faith, and Seeing God’s Design in Nature”. In June, Schloss spoke at a workshop for recipients of Evolution & Christian Faith grants (you can read more about the ECF workshop elsewhere in our newsletter). Schloss himself received an ECF grant for his project “God’s Brushes: Evolution, Creation & Christian Faith”. "Participants at both events appreciated the way Schloss argued clearly for evolutionary creation while fairly acknowledging other views, all with deep Christian faith, warmth, and humor.
Schloss is also a well-respected scholar in academic circles. He is one of several scholars (both secular and Christian) participating in the Center for Theological Inquiry’s 2012-2013 “Inquiry on Evolution and Human Nature”. His project, titled “Evolution, Theism and Human Nature: An Analytic Survey”, looks at our current biological and philosophical understandings of human nature and will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Just this past month, Schloss’s work in this area came out in several venues, including the chapter "Unpredicted Outcomes in the Games of Life" in Evolution Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation (Martin Nowak & Sarah Coakley, eds. Harvard University Press) and the chapter "Evolutionary Accounts of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief" (co-written with philosopher Michael Murray) in Debating Christian Theism (J. P. Moreland & Chad Meister, eds. Oxford University Press). He has also had a book debating current issues on Understanding Moral Sentiments: A Darwinian Perspective? (co-edited with philosophers Hilary Putnam and Susan Nieman) accepted by Transaction Publishers.
This week, Schloss will present the keynote lecture at a major scholarly conference (the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion) in Berlin on the topic of “Religious Worship, Charismatic Experience, and Oxytocin-Mediated Signals of Commitment.”
Dr. Schloss is just one of many BioLogos fellows, staff, advisors, and friends sharing the harmony of science and faith around the world this year. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on future speaking engagements and publications within the BioLogos network in our upcoming newsletters!