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Intersections: Summit on Origins

Date Friday, November 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:30 a.m. - noon
FeaturingEdward B. Davis, Distinguished Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College; Deborah Haarsma, President, The BioLogos Foundation; Denis O. Lamoureux, Associate Professor of Science and Religion, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta; John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
Location Calvary Church; Roseville, Minnesota
Instructions for GuestsCalvary Church
2120 Lexington Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55113
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SponsorsBethel University's "Intersections" program on Science and the Church, sponsored in part by the John Templeton Foundation

Event Description

Can evangelical Christians remain faithful to their core convictions and also be engaged in an honest, respectful, and productive dialogue with established contemporary science? Is there a way to bring science and the church together that doesn't lead to conflict or denial? Bethel University Intersections is devoted to exploring and promoting an affirmative answer to this question, for the sake of the gospel and the future of the Church.

Join us for the Intersections: Summit on Origins, a two-day educational conference to present and promote a vision of Evangelical theology and science in productive dialogue. The Summit will explore the question of origins from multiple angles, including biblical, historical, cosmological, biological, and theological perspectives. This multifaceted approach seeks to counter prevailing assumptions of conflict and offer an alternative approach to dialogue that is both biblically faithful and scientifically responsible.

Schedule & Sessions

Friday, November 7, 2014

8:30 a.m. – Introduction and Refreshments

9 a.m. – Kyle Roberts, Must They Choose between Science and Faith? A Critical ‘Moment' in the Evangelical Church

10:15 a.m. – Ted Davis, The Bible and Biology: How Did We Get Here?

Noon – Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m. – John Walton, The Bible and Origins: How Should We Interpret Genesis?

4 p.m. – Daniel Harrell, Doing Science in a Church Context

4:45 p.m. – Dinner (on your own)

7-9 p.m. – Deborah Haarsma, Cosmology and God: An Ancient Universe and the Ancient of Days

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. – Introduction and Refreshments

9 a.m. – Joy Doan, How Being a Biologist Feeds My Faith

10:15 a.m.-noon – Denis Lamoureux, The Elephant in the Room: Can Evangelicals Accept Evolution?

About the Plenary Session Speakers

Edward B. Davis
Distinguished Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College

Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis, Ph.D. is professor of the history of science at Messiah College, Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on historical and contemporary aspects of Christianity and science and directs the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science. Davis is best known for studies on Robert Boyle and has edited (along with Michael Hunter) a complete edition of his works: The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000). He has also published many articles about religion and science in modern America, including a study of modern Jonah stories that was featured on two BBC radio programs. His current project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, examines the religious activities and beliefs of prominent American scientists from the period between the two world wars; preliminary findings were published in American Scientist in 2005.

Deborah Haarsma
President, The BioLogos Foundation

Deborah Haarsma, Ph.D. serves as president of The BioLogos Foundation. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gifted in interpreting complex scientific topics for lay audiences, Haarsma often speaks to churches, colleges, and schools about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She is author (along with her husband Loren Haarsma) of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (2011, 2007), which presents the agreements and disagreements of Christians regarding the history of life and the universe. Haarsma is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

Denis O. Lamoureux
Associate Professor of Science & Religion; St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta

Denis O. Lamoureux is an Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College in the University of Alberta. He holds three earned doctoral degrees—dentistry, evangelical theology, and evolutionary biology. Lamoureux is the author of Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (2008) and I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution (2009). He is a contributor in Four Views on the Historical Adam (2013), and has debated leading anti-evolutionists, including Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe. With Johnson, he co-authored Darwinism Defeated?: The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins (1999). Lamoureux's award winning introductory course on the relationship between science and religion is available online with audio-slide lectures, class notes, and class handouts.

John Walton
Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

John H. Walton, Ph.D. is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. He focuses his research on the literature and cultures of the ancient Near East and the Old Testament, with a particular interest in Genesis. Before his role at Wheaton, John taught for 20 years at Moody Bible Institute. John has authored many articles and books, including The Lost World of Genesis One (IVP, 2009), Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology (Eisenbrauns, 2011), Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Baker, 2006), Lost World of Scripture (IVP, 2013), and Genesis, NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 2001). His book on Genesis 2–3, The Lost World of Adam and Eve, is forthcoming from InterVarsity Press. Walton also served as general editor of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament and co-author of the IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. He has lectured on origins at Christian colleges, seminaries, churches, seminars and conferences around the world. Walton's ministry experience includes church classes for all age groups, high school Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes, as well as serving as a teacher for "The Bible in 90 Days" curriculum. He has taught an introduction to Christian doctrine to sixth graders for 15 years.


Contact Ken Reynhout, Professor at Bethel Seminary, at science-church@bethel.edu