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2014 Public Lectures

Evening Public Lectures

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thinking About Human Creation through the Complementary Lens of Science and Faith

Cara Wall-Scheffler (Seattle Pacific University)

We will briefly investigate the Wesleyan framework for considering how theological, biblical, and scientific evidence overlay the complex manner in which people study the world and Truth. Following this we will take in turn the array of paleontological and archaeological records for human evolution, beginning with the development of bipedalism around 5.5 million years ago.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Demographic History of Hungary at the Time of the Reformation

Géza Dávid (Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest)

The population history of Hungary throughout the Ottoman period constituted a ‘black hole’ for a long period of time. Using the best Turkish and Hungarian documents one can now establish the total number of the population of the country at the end of the 16th century, give details about town and village people, the average number of inhabitants in the settlements, the proportion of depopulated villages, ethnic and religious changes, and occasionally follow migration patterns. For the 17th century, however, only rude estimates can be ventured.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A School for (Women) Philosophers: Oxford in Wartime

Benjamin Lipscomb (Houghton College)

As Europe was about to plunge into a second Great War, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Bosanquet, Iris Murdoch, and Mary Scrutton came up to Oxford. Early in their university years, most of the men of Oxford, faculty and students alike, were conscripted.  Under these strange circumstances, these women discovered their voices and were propelled toward lives in philosophy.  This talk, the opening chapter of a group biography, describes their university years.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shaping a Digital World: Connecting Bytes and Beliefs

Derek Schuurman (Redeemer University College)

In this talk, Derek Schuurman will present some of the ideas in his recent book Shaping a Digital World (InterVarsity Press, 2013), which explores a Christian perspective of computer technology. He argues that computer technology is not neutral, but value-laden with substantial legal, ethical, social, cultural and faith implications. Computer technology is part of the possibilities in God’s good creation, although fallen, it is an area we are called to use and develop responsibly. Derek's book also has a companion website with additional resources and references available.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

From One Generation to the Next: Parents, Children and Faith in a Global City

Mark Gornik, Maria Liu Wong, and Janice McLean-Farrell (City Seminary of New York)

What does it mean to pass on the faith, to receive it, and to grow in the city?  In this presentation, we share our stories and experiences in New York, particularly among African, Asian, Latin American, and West Indian churches.  As we will also see, these perspectives about faith across generations can enrich our understanding of other ecclesial and cultural contexts. 

All lectures were held at 7:30pm in Calvin's Gezon Auditorium.

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