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Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church
Why a conference about science and theology for pastors? One of our evangelical forefathers believed theology and science to be the “twin daughters of heaven.” In fact, during the 19th century twenty percent of the content of the Princeton Review theological journal was of a scientific nature! Only our capitulation to the influence of the Enlightenment which dichotomized faith and science makes this seem strange. You can relax though! This conference is expressly for non-scientist pastors as well as the geeks!
Sadly, the worldview of Modernity and the conflict around the science of origins has led many of us as pastors to stay away from engaging science in our public ministries, with the consequence that many young people flounder, lose their faith, or abandon careers in science. Even more importantly, we have robbed ourselves—and our people—of one of the “two books” by which God has revealed himself. We have dulled the sense of wonder and worship that emerges from the habits of discovering and delighting in science.
We hope through this conference to recover that sense of wonder by re-awakening the inquisitiveness and curiosity that ought to characterize us as persons made in the image of God the Creator—commissioned to continue his creative work. This will equip us to affirm the work of scientists as devotion, to invoke in our young people fearlessness about discovering all reality, and spur our people on in fulfilling what it means to be humans fully alive living out the first great mission given to all humans—the creation mandate. We won’t ignore the controversial matters, but above all we will be about developing a way of being that is the heart of the Gospel, which calls us to live in creation and participate joyfully in the new creation.
- Ross Hastings: The Coinherence of Faith and Science: Matter that Matters (an exposition of John 1:1-18)
- Denis Alexander: How and Why are Science and Faith First Cousins?
- Alan Torrance: Unsaddling the Four Horsemen of Modern Atheism! Liberating Science from Naturalism
- Denis Alexander: Creation or Evolution—Do We Have to Choose?
- Alan Torrance: The Challenge of Neuroscience: Toward a Theological Perspective on Being a Person
- Iain Provan: “There Was Light” - Or Possibly Darkness: Reading Genesis 1-2
- Darrell Johnson