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Online ‘Science and Faith’ Symposium Hosted by Providence Seminary

Mar 14, 2022 | Events, Institution / General

OTTERBURNE, MB – On Saturday, March 19th, Providence has organized an online symposium on the topic of Integrating Science and Faith. The symposium will feature three experts in the fields of science and Christian faith, followed by a panel of Providence professors. We invite you to join the dialogue, starting at 9:30 am Central Time. Registration is free and open to all.

We are pleased to offer this event free of charge. It is hosted as part of Science for Seminaries, a project of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Our featured speakers are internationally recognized and well-known in their fields of expertise. JOSH REEVES will lead our dialogue at the start of the day. His first session title is Christianity and Science: Where the Problem Lies. It will be followed by a second talk entitled How to Trust an Expert: Becoming a Wise Consumer of Science. Reeves is Director of the Samford Center for Science and Religion at Samford University (USA), and he has authored several books. His most recent book is called Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church (Baylor 2021).

NYASHA GONDORA will be delivering the 1:00 pm session. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo (Canada), and her area of interest is neuroscience with a focus in neuropharmacology. Then, KEITH FOX will be joining us from the United Kingdom and giving a talk on Living with Science and Faith. He is the Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University. His research interests concern DNA structure and its recognition, and his scientific work has been published in more than 200 papers and articles. You can view the full event schedule and speakers’ bios here.

Our moderator, ROBERT DEAN is the Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Providence Theological Seminary, and he has this to say about the upcoming symposium, “The events of recent years have demonstrated that there is continuing confusion within the church and among the general public about the field of scientific inquiry, how it works, what it can tell us, and what are its limitations. We are hoping this symposium can contribute to a demystifying of science for the sake of a more fruitful and faithful engagement by people of faith today.”

The theme for our sessions is taken from 1 Colossians 1:16-17, “For in Him (God) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

We are hoping that the day’s discussion will serve the church by stimulating the rediscovery of the intellectual courage of the Christians who have gone before us in the confidence that “all things hold together in Christ;” support laypeople in living out their vocations in an increasingly scientific and technological world; equip pastors to discern reliable sources of information and enter into meaningful engagement with contemporary science.

This event is co-sponsored by Providence Theological Seminary (PTS) and the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA).