Featured speakers Elaine Howard Ecklund and Greg Cootsona

ONLINE: Science, Race, and the Church: A Conversation about Repentance and Redemption

Date and Time:December 02, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM CT
Organizer:Upper House, Science for the Church

BioLogos Advisors Elaine Howard Ecklund and Greg Cootsona along with Cleve V. Tinsley IV will present “Science, Race, and the Church: A Conversation about Repentance and Redemption” with Upper House on December 2, 2020. This is a virtual event.

“American Christians have a complex relationship with two of the dominant conversations in American society: science and race. This is especially true when many Christians have compromised their willingness to stand for biblical truth and justice in lieu of other priorities. At the same time, the church has helped to advance a countercultural vision of equality and unity in Christ. The story is messy because of our unique history and ongoing confusion about how best to follow the gospel’s call for justice, repentance, and the hope of redemption.

Join us as Upper House and Science for the Church host a conversation among three Christian scholars of religion and science who will bring new insights to this complex issue. We will discuss how contemporary Christians view science, and how science and faith might address racial injustice.:

This event is hosted by Upper House and Science for the Church.

Featured speakers

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Ecklund is a sociologist of religion, immigration, and science who examines how individuals bring changes to religious and scientific institutions. She is the author of four books with Oxford University Press, one book with New York University Press, and numerous research articles and op-eds. Her most recent book is Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019) with coauthors David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Steven W. Lewis, Robert A. Thomson Jr., and Di Di. Her forthcoming book, Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us Beyond Fear, will be published with Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books, in May 2020.  She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been cited thousands of times times by local, national, and international media. In 2013, she received Rice University’s Charles O. Duncan Award for Most Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching, and in 2018 she gave the Gifford Lecture in Scotland.
Greg Cootsona

Greg Cootsona

Greg Cootsona is Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico and directs Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (or STEAM), a $2 million grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation and housed at Fuller Theological Seminary. STEAM is designed to catalyze the engagement of faith and science in Christian ministries with 18-30 year olds. His books include  Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Theology and Science (Geneva, 2002), C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian (Westminster John Knox, 2014), Mere Science and Christian Faith: Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults (InterVarsity, 2018), and Negotiating Science and Religion In America: Past, Present, and Future (Routledge, 2020). He is also co-director of Science for the Church, an initiative that brings the resources of science to enhance the effectiveness of Christian congregations. Greg studied comparative literature at U.C. Berkeley and theology at Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div.), the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, as well as Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union (the latter where he received his Ph.D.) He has just finished 18 years as Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in New York City. Greg has written for several periodicals such as Zygon, Theology and Science, as well as the Wall Street Journal and Christianity Today. He has been interviewed by CNN and The New York Times, and has appeared on the Today Show three times. He and his wife, Laura, live in Chico, California and have two daughters (18 and 21). Besides hanging out with his family, he loves to bike, read (and write), and drink good coffee.