The Summit 2015 will address topics like the Science of Moral Belief and the Science of Spirituality. Our speakers will bring unique perspectives on a Christian understanding of the way culture thinks today.
- Richard Beck, Associate Professor of Psychology, Abilene Christian University
- Steven J. Sandage, Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Pastoral Psychology of Religion and Theology, Boston University
- Michael Spezio, Associate Professor of Psychology, Scripps College
- James Van Slyke, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Fresno Pacific University
- Rebekah A. Richert, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California Riverside
- Julie Yonker, Associate Professor of Psychology, Calvin College
November 6-7, 2015
Colonial Church in Edina
Current discussions of the science of human behavior, cognition, and morality among Christians are often punctuated by a sense of despair. The onslaught of science appears an overwhelming threat to religious teaching on what we are as humans and how we are called to relate to God and the world. Indeed, scientific investigations into these areas have profoundly shaped our modern intuitions about what it is to be human and how we ought to live. But one could argue that the scientific conclusions on what it means to be human represent the lowest-common denominator of human behavior. We can and should hope for something better.
Rather than simply shrugging off scientific investigations on what it means to be human for their potentially low view of human behavior, thought and morality (as many religious folks have), the thinkers that we will hear speak have sought to engage these areas of scientific research and raise the stakes of the discussion. They represent the best re-imagining of what it is to be a Christian in our scientific world by engaging the world and those in it as they are – and not just as we wish them to be. Their dedication to deeply understanding the reality of what it means to be human epitomizes the hope and fullness with which Christ engaged the world.