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Seminar Series: Christian Perspectives in Science (2015)

About the Series
This seminar series explores interactions between Christian faith and scholarship in the natural and applied sciences. A schedule of recent seminars is given below. Seminar topics vary over a range of interdisciplinary issues, drawing insights from religion, philosophy, astronomy, geology, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, engineering, nursing, mathematics, computer science, psychology, sociology, history, and other departments and programs.
Time and place
Seminars are typically held several Fridays per semester, 3:30-4:45 p.m., at Calvin College in Science Building room 110, unless otherwise noted. See Calvin's Visitor Resources for maps and directions to theScience Building. Faculty, students, staff and off-campus visitors are welcome.If you would like to receive regular email announcements for each week's seminar, or if you have other questions or comments, contact Loren Haarsma.
Leading a seminar
If you are interested in leading a seminar, contact Loren Haarsma. You don't have to write an entirely new lecture in order to lead a seminar. You could also:
—present a lecture you have given elsewhere or an article you have recently published;
—present a preliminary draft of a lecture or an article on which you are working, to get some feedback;
—lead a discussion about how to teach Christian perspectives on a certain topic in the classroom.
Other science-and-religion seminar series in the Grand Rapids area:
Grand Dialogue in Science and Religion
Human Origins Seminar Series, Calvin College


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Schedule for Spring 2015

February 6, 2015, 3:30 p.m. in Science Building basement room 010

"The Rise of Deluge Geology: Calvin Tossed by Waves"

Ralph Stearley, Geology, Geography, and Environmental Sciences Department, Calvin College.

To be determined.
Recordings and related resources
audio_recording, power_point_slides.
Calvin College Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department.

February 13, 2015, 3:30 p.m. in Science Building room to be announced

Topic: To Be Announced

Jeffrey Schloss, Professor of Biology at Westmont College; Director, Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences; Senior Scholar at BioLogos.

To be determined.
Recordings and related resources
audio_recording, power_point_slides.

February 27, 2015, 3:30 p.m. in Science Building room 110

"Light of the World: Uncovering the Unexpected Through Science and Scripture"

Kathryn Applegate, BioLogos Program Director.

I will draw from John 8:12 and 9:5, where Jesus calls himself the light of the world. I will talk about light and darkness, and seeing and not seeing, both with regard to Jesus and his identity as Messiah, and the process of doing science. So often we don't see something new because we're working within a paradigm that expects things to work in a particular way. This was true of the Jews waiting for a political savior in a Roman-occupied world; this is true of us as scientists who work to uncover the reality of the world God has made. In the end we're always surprised by who God is and what he has done. Even the reality of light--which seems so familiar, so comforting--turns out to be far more complex than we ever imagined, when we consider particle/wave duality. I'll close with some reflections on how God working within an evolutionary framework seems at once off-putting, but perhaps closer than we might like to think to his revealed nature in Scripture.
Recordings and related resources
audio_recording, power_point_slides.

Schedule for Fall 2015

To be determined