God and Materialism

Westminster Theological Seminary
Past Event April 8, 2011 - April 9, 2011

A DVD of this conference has been made available. Click here to purchase the God and Materialism DVD.

Pre-registration for the God and Materialism conference is now closed. Walk-up registration will be open from 6:15-7:15pm on Friday, April 8th and from 8:00-8:45am on Saturday, April 9th, space permitting. All conference materials will be available to walk-up registrants while supplies last. Box lunches will not be available unless previously ordered by April 1st.

The conference is being held in the Rust Auditorium in Van Til Hall (see campus map)

Preliminary Conference Program

Westminster ConferenceAre human beings and the rest of nature the result of purposeful design or undirected matter and energy? During the last decade, high-profile “new atheists” such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett have asserted that modern science proves materialism, while in 2010 renowned physicist Stephen Hawking published an article in the Wall Street Journal proclaiming “Why God Did Not Create the Universe.” Even those who reject materialism increasingly seem willing to concede that science depends on “methodological materialism” in order to flourish. Yet what is the actual scientific evidence for a materialist worldview? Does materialism help or hinder the operation of good science? And what impact has materialism had on culture, including Biblical studies and theology? Explore these vital questions and more at the second annual Westminster Conference on Science and Faith to be held Friday evening & Saturday, April 8-9, 2011 at:

Westminster Theological Seminary
2960 W. Church Road
Glenside, PA 19038
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Conference sessions will examine the conflicting worldviews of theism and materialism; the widespread impact of materialism on science, ethics, society, Biblical studies and theology; the latest scientific evidence against materialism and for intelligent design in biology and cosmology; and the positive implications of modern science for theism.

Speakers will include Westminster faculty Vern Poythress, author of Redeeming Science; K. Scott Oliphint, author of Reasons for Faith; Jeffrey Jue, author of Heaven Upon Earth; Brandon Crowe, Lecturer in the New Testament; and Westminster President Peter Lillback, author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire. Speakers will also include Discovery Institute Fellows such as astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet; molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells, co-author of The Design of Life and author of The Myth of Junk DNA (forthcoming, 2011); philosopher of biology Paul Nelson; philosopher and theologian Jay Richards, editor of God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith; and social scientist 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. 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.

The conference runs from 7:15-9:15 pm on Friday, April 8 and from 8:45 am-5:15 pm on Saturday, April 9.

Cost: The conference is free for students (with a valid student ID) and for Westminster faculty. The cost for everyone else is $30. Conference registration covers admittance to sessions and conference materials, but not meals. A box lunch for Saturday is available for an additional fee. Please note that the nearest food market is approximately one mile from campus, so registrants are highly encouraged to consider purchasing the pre-paid box lunch. Walk-up purchases of the box lunch will not be available at the conference.