Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church

Speaker(s): Denis Alexander, Iain Provan, Jennie McLaurin, Ross Hastings
Date: May 4-7, 2010
Length: 8 hr 19 min
Product ID: RGDL4010S

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Designed for pastors with all levels of familiarity in the realm of science, the 2010 Pastors' Conference seeks to recover the sense of wonder and worship that emerges from the disciplines of scientific discovery, 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. Be equipped to affirm the work of scientists as devotion, to invoke in our young people fearlessness about discovering all reality, and spur on our people to fulfill what it means to be humans fully alive, living out the first great mission given to all humans - the creation mandate. Engage the controversial matters, but above all, discover and begin to develop a way of thinking and being that is the heart of the Gospel, which calls us to live in creation and participate joyfully in the new creation. Sessions include:

  • The Coinherence of Faith and Science: Matter that Matters (an Exposition of John 1:1-18) - Ross Hastings
  • How and Why are Science and Faith First Cousins? - Denis Alexander
  • Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose? - Denis Alexander
  • "There was Light" Or Possibly Darkness: Reading Genesis 1-2 - Iain Provan
  • The Dawkins Delusion - Denis Alexander
  • Meaning and Medicine: Critical Issues of Science and Faith in Bioethics - Jennie McLaurin
  • Panel Discussions
  • Closing Communion Service - Darrell Johnson

See All Audio by Denis Alexander Iain Provan Jennie McLaurin Ross Hastings

Dr. Denis Alexander is the Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK. Dr Alexander is also a Senior Affiliated Scientist at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, where he supervises a research group in cancer and immunology, and where for many years he was Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development. Dr Alexander was previously at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and prior to that spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Dr Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. Since 1992 he has been Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief, and currently serves on the UK Committee of Christians in Science and as one of the founding fellows of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is the author of Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century and of Can we be sure about anything? Science, faith, and postmodernism.

Iain W. Provan is the E. Marshall Shepherd Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at Regent College. He has previously taught at King's College London, the University of Wales, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was, commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs, and Lamentations, and co-author (with V. Phillips Long and Tremper Longman III) of A Biblical History of Israel. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Jennie McLaurin is former Dean of Students at Regent College, a Medical Doctor, and a Wife and Mother married to Andrew with five children.

Ross Hastings is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College. Previously, he served as the Senior Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West.

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