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Faith and Science Conference — this weekend in Ft. Worth, Texas

Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? 
Riley Conference Center | Campus of Southwestern Seminary | October 23-24, 2009

Register now – Please contact Riley Center at 817.923.1921 x 2440

Are science and faith at war? Does science undermine or corroborate belief in God? Does faith suppress or inspire scientific research? Explore these questions and more at this two-day conference held at the Riley Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sessions will explore a Biblical theology of nature; the role of Christianity in the founding of modern science; the impact of Darwinian Evolution on ethics, society, Biblical studies and theology; and the scientific evidence for intelligent design and its implications for theism. Featured speakers include Dr. William Dembski, author of The Design Revolution; Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design; Dr. Jay Richards, author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery; and Dr. John West, author of Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science. This conference will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders. At the end of the conference, there will be breakout sessions for students, pastors, and church leadrs on how to incorporate science and faith issues into one’s church, ministry, or career.

Full conference admission (including all meals, sessions, and educational materials) is only $75, and half conference admission (including Saturday meals, Friday night’s session, Saturday’s sessions, and educational materials) is only $40. Students can attend for free with a student ID, but they receive no meals and must pre-register in order to get conference educational materials. (If students need meals, they should register for full or half conference admission.)

The Science and Faith Conference is sponsored by the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. For more information, visit www.scienceandgod.org.

For registration questions, call the Riley Center at 817-923-1921 ext. 2440; for other questions about the conference, contact Janine Dixon, Discovery Institute, at [email protected] or 1-800-685-0632 ext.108.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, 9:00 am-4:15 pm

Morning Sessions
Session 1: A Biblical Theology of Nature
Speaker: Jay Richards

Session 2: The Role of Christianity in the Founding of Modern Science
Speaker: Michael Keas

Afternoon Sessions
Session 3: The Rise of Scientific Materialism and Its Impact on Science and Culture
Speaker: John West

Session 4: The Effect of Darwinian Materialism on Biblical Studies and Theology
Speakers: William Dembski, Jay Richards, and Stephen Meyer

Evening Session, 7:30 pm
Session 5: The Return of the God Hypothesis
Speaker: Stephen Meyer

Saturday, 9:00 am-4:15 pm

Morning Session
Session 6: The Case for Intelligent Design
Speakers: Ray Bohlin, Stephen Meyer, Jay Richards

Afternoon Sessions
Session 7: The Challenge of Theistic Evolution
Speakers: Stephen Meyer, John West, Ray Bohlin, Jay Richards

Session 8: Incorporating Science and Faith Issues into Your Church, Ministry, or Career
(Breakout sessions for pastors and church leaders and students.)

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Raymond Bohlin, Ph.D. A molecular and cell biologist, Dr. Bohlin is a Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and President of Probe Ministries in Richardson, Texas. He is co-author of The Natural Limits to Biological Change and Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning.

William Dembski, Ph.D. A mathematician and philosopher, Dr. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and Research Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of numerous path-breaking books, including The Design Revolution, The Design Inference, and Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology.

Michael Keas, Ph.D. An historian of science, Dr. Keas is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the College at Southwestern.

Stephen Meyer, Ph.D. A philosopher of science and geophysicist, Dr. Meyer is Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and author of the new book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009).

Jay Richards, Ph.D. A philosopher and theologian, Dr. Richards is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery.

John G. West, Ph.D. A political scientist, Dr. West is Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and author of Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science and Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided Quest.

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9 Responses to Faith and Science Conference — this weekend in Ft. Worth, Texas

  1. Dr. Dembski,
    I just read your – and Dr. Marks’s – follow-up paper The Search for the Search.
    Do you generally assume that the target T is moving with each step of the search in the original space Ω, i.e., are we looking at each step of the search for a different set?

  2. The conference will include a talk on “the role of Christianity in the founding of modern science…”

    It will be interesting to note if the speaker will mention the foundations of modern science in pre-Christian Classical Greece, or the role of the Islamic world in preserving science while Christianity presided over the Dark Ages in Europe.

  3. Dieb,

    Are you asking for a map to help you get to the conference venue via the shortest route, the fastest route, or the scenic route?

  4. Paul,

    I see you left our our Buddhist and Taoist friends in the east.

    Are they not your friends as well?

  5. “Oramus” (#4) asked “I see you left our our Buddhist and Taoist friends in the east. Are they not your friends as well?”

    I am unaware of any significant contributions to modern science by the Buddhist and Taoist worldviews. Please enlighten us.

  6. Looks like a great conference.

  7. Dr. Demski,
    I just asked as I have quite a problem with your concept of a search

  8. @PaulBurnett,

    while Christianity presided over the Dark Ages in Europe.

    Could you explain what you are referring to by the “Dark Ages”? The illustrious Wikipedia admonishes,

    Increased understanding of the accomplishments of the Middle Ages in the 19th century challenged the characterization of the entire period as one of darkness.[3] Thus the term is often restricted to periods within the Middle Ages, namely the Early Middle Ages, though this usage is also disputed by most modern scholars, who tend to avoid using the phrase.

    More info:
    http://johncwright.livejournal.com/236790.html
    http://insightscoop.typepad.co.....ious_.html

  9. “Lars” (#8) asked: “Could you explain what you are referring to by the “Dark Ages”?

    Granted, it’s over-simplified term. But should we say that Giordano Bruno accidently fell into a weenie-roast campfire at a church picnic? Or that Galileo got his knuckles rapped with a ruler by the Inquisition?

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