Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?

Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Past Event March 12, 2010 - March 13, 2010

A DVD of this conference has been made available. Click here to purchase the Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? DVD.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED and the conference is full. We will not be accepting walk-ups on the day of the conference, only those who have pre-registered will be admitted.

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 to be held March 12-13, 2010 at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Sessions will explore a Biblical view of science and 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.

Speakers will include Westminster faculty Dr. Vern Poythress, author of Redeeming Science; Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, author of Reasons for Faith; and Dr. Jeffrey Jue, author of Heaven Upon Earth. Speakers will also include Discovery Institute Fellows Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design; Dr. Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution and The Edge of Evolution; Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery; Dr. C. John Collins, author of Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?; Dr. John West, author of Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science; and Dr. Bruce Gordon, co-editor of The Nature of Nature.

This conference will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders. The conference will also highlight practical resources (curricula, videos) that churches can use to incorporate science and faith issues into their ministries.

The conference is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary and Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

Cost: The conference is free for students (with a valid student ID) and for Westminster faculty. The cost for everyone else is $30 for the full conference or $15 for half of the conference (Friday evening; all day Saturday). Conference registration covers admittance to sessions and conference materials, but not meals. Box lunches for Friday and Saturday are available for an additional fee.


Registration and Book Table Open (8:00 am)

Morning Sessions (starting at 9:00 am)
Session 1: A Biblical View of Science and Nature
Speaker: Vern Poythress

Session 2: The Role of Christianity in the Founding of Modern Science
Speaker: Jack Collins

Lunch (11:45 am-1:00 pm)

Afternoon Sessions
Session 3: Darwinian Materialism and Its Effects on Culture and the Church
Speakers: John West and Jay Richards

Session 4: Redeeming Science: Biology, Physics and Mathematics
Speaker: Vern Poythress

Break for Dinner (4:30-7:00 pm)

Evening Session (7:00 pm)
Session 5: Understanding the Days of Creation
Speakers: Jack Collins, Vern Poythress, Jay Richards

Registration and Book Table Open (8:00 am)

Morning Sessions (starting at 8:30 am)
Session 6: The Role of Worldviews in Apologetic Dialogue
Speaker: Scott Oliphint

Session 7: The Case for Intelligent Design, Part I
Speakers: Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer

Lunch and Q and A with Dr. Behe and Dr. Meyer (11:30 am-12:45 pm)

Afternoon Sessions
Session 8: The Case for Intelligent Design, Part II
Speakers: Bruce Gordon, Jay Richards, and Stephen Meyer

Session 9: The Challenges of Theistic Evolution and Naturalism
Speakers: Jack Collins, Stephen Meyer, Vern Poythress, and Jeffrey Jue

Wrap-up and Practical Resources for Churches

Conference ends at 4:30 pm.