Featured Speakers

Providence Theological Seminary’s Science & Faith Symposium will feature three experts in the fields of science and Christian Faith, followed by a panel of Providence professors. 

Josh Reeves is Assistant Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Samford Center for Science and Religion at Samford University. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and Boston University and completed a postdoctoral position in the Heyendaal Program for Theology and Science at Radboud University in the Netherlands. In 2018, he was awarded a research fellowship at the Free University of Amsterdam. He is author of Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church (Baylor, 2021), Against Methodology: Recent Debates on Rationality and Theology (Routledge 2018) and co-author of A Little Book for New Scientists (IVP 2016) and has published articles in journals such as Zygon, the Journal of Religion, and Theology and Science. Reeves currently serves as co-chair of the Science, Technology, and Religion group of the American Academy of Religion. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. They are members of All Saints Church in Homewood, Alabama (USA).

Nyasha Gondora was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she developed a passion for science, inspired by her parents who both had careers in science and healthcare. She studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and it was during her undergraduate years that Nyasha discovered her passion for research. Upon graduation in 2013, Nyasha relocated to Canada where she pursued graduate studies in neuroscience (with a focus in neuropharmacology) at the University of Waterloo. During her PhD, Nyasha was the recipient of numerous local and national level competitive awards and scholarships. Nyasha currently works as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo, and a Researcher at the Council of Canadian Academies and she is also a Consultant with BeMo Academic Consulting. Last but definitely not least, Nyasha is a proud member of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, a network where scientists who are Christian connect to discuss topics at the intersection of faith and science.

Keith Fox is a Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University and until recently was Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge (UK). He studied natural sciences in Cambridge, specializing in biochemistry and completed a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology in 1980. He moved to Southampton in 1987 as a Lecturer in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and became Professor of Biochemistry in 2000. His research interests concern DNA structure and its recognition, and his scientific work has been published in over 200 papers and articles. He was Senior Executive Editor of Nucleic Acids Research. He is a former Chairman and Trustee of Christians in Science and is Editor of Science & Christian Belief. He is a licensed lay minister (Reader) in the Church of England. He is married to Sheila and has three adult children. His book with Alexander Massmann Modifying Our Genes: Theology, Science and “Playing God” was published in March 2021. 

Panelists

Rebecca Dielschneider, Assistant Professor of Biology, Providence University College

Gavin Hall, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries, Providence Theological Seminary

Dennis Hiebert, Professor of Sociology, Providence University College

Laura Vander Velden, Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology, Providence Theological Seminary

Moderator: Robert Dean, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Providence Theological Seminary

Schedule – all times in CDT (UTC-5h)

 

9:30 – 9:45 Introduction
9:45 – 10:45 Josh Reeves – “Christianity and Science: Where the Problem Lies”
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Josh Reeves – “How to Trust an Expert: Becoming a Wise Consumer of Science”
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 Nyasha Gondora – “God’s Kaleidoscope: Where Faith and Science Meet”
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Keith Fox – “Living with Science and Faith”
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Panel Discussion with Providence Faculty