On Saturday, April 18, we’re please to be cosponsoring a half-day conference on the integration of science and faith with Constance Free Church in Andover, MN.
The conference speakers are Wheaton’s John Walton, a professor of Old Testament, and Kansas State’s Keith B. Miller, a professor of geology. Our aim in selecting these speakers was to provide you with the opportunity to engage—on the question of origins specifically and science & faith more broadly—with Christian scholars of the highest caliber within both the Biblical and scientific communities.
We hope you can join us on Saturday for what’s going to be a rich discussion of the relationship between science and faith, particularly with respect to origins. Learn more about our speakers below, and watch this blog for a bibliography of their recommended books on science and faith.
John Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. His research focuses on the relationship between the Old Testament and surrounding ancient Near Eastern cultures and literature. Walton says that in his teaching and research, he has been “driven by the desire to offer people a greater familiarity with God’s Word and a greater confidence in understanding God’s revelation of himself in its pages.”
The Lost World of Adam and Eve is Walton’s sequel to his earlier book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, which you can also preview on Google Books or purchase through Amazon Smile.
Between these two books, Walton coauthored, with D. Brent Stanley, The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority, which focuses on the relationship between history, theology, and Biblical studies—it provides some theoretical context for those who are interested in how Walton arrives at his conclusions in his other Lost World books, and gives an overview of how the Bible’s historicity (its status as a collection of historical documents, written by individuals in particular times and places) relates to its divine inspiration and status as the word of God. Read a preview of The Lost World of Scripture on Google Books, or purchase it on Amazon Smile.
Perhaps the best place to read more from Walton is at his BioLogos page, where you can find articles by Walton, videos of his talks, and resources for individuals or groups interested in reading his books.
Keith B. Miller
Keith B. Miller is professor of geology at Kansas State University; you can learn more about his geological research on his homepage. He’s active in public science education, and provides extensive resources on his website Pursuing Science & Faith in Kansas related to this topic. His book Perspectives on an Evolving Creation can be previewed on Google Books or purchased on Amazon Smile.
As it does with Walton, the BioLogos Foundation offers many blog posts by and resources related to Miller’s work, including a four-part series on death & pain in the created order and a six-part series on the Cambrian explosion, transitional life forms, and the tree of life.
Integrating Science & Faith
If you join us on Saturday, April 18, here’s what you can expect:
- two talks from John Walton: one on cosmic origins; the other on human origins
- a talk from Keith B. Miller on “The Meaning of Fossils and the Discover of Earth History”
- a total of 1.5 hours of question-and-answer time with Walton and Miller
- a friendly atmosphere where you can explore a range of ideas on how science and faith intersect, and a safe environment where you can ask challenging questions.
Everybody’s welcome; you don’t need to occupy any particular position in the debates about origins in order to attend and benefit from the conference. And it’s geared toward a general audience, so it’ll be accessible to everyone.