Science and Design

Covenant Fellowship Church, Greater Philadelphia
Past Event April 11, 2014 - April 12, 2014 Covenant Fellowship Church, Greater Philadelphia
Westminster ConferenceIs there evidence of intelligent design in nature? Is the evidence scientifically robust? Why does it matter whether the universe shows evidence of design? Explore these questions and more at the fifth annual Westminster Conference on Science and Faith on April 11-12, 2014 at Covenant Fellowship Church in the greater Philadelphia area. This year’s theme is “Science and Design” and features speakers such as biochemist Michael Behe and mathematician and philosopher William Dembski, both prominent intelligent design advocates, as well as other distinguished scholars.

Dr. Michael Behe is Professor of Biological Science at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Dr. Behe’s research explores the limits of natural selection. His first book, Darwin’s Black Box, explains how “irreducibly complex” biochemical systems pose a serious problem for Darwinian evolution, a concept that has garnered international attention. Dr. William Dembski is also a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and has published numerous articles in mathematics, philosophy, and theology journals, and has authored or contributed to over twenty books including The Design Inference and The Nature of Nature.

Additional speakers include Westminster Theological Seminary theologian Dr. Vern Poythress, author of Redeeming Science; molecular biologist Dr. Douglas Axe, co-author of Science and Human Origins and Director of the Biologic Institute; Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Dr. John G. West, editor of The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society; and Discovery Institute Research Coordinator Casey Luskin, co-author of the homeschool curriculum Discovering Intelligent Design.

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This event will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders. The conference is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary and Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. It will take place at Covenant Fellowship Church in greater Philadelphia.


Conference registration includes admission to all sessions, any relevant conference materials, lunch on Saturday, and a professionally produced set of DVDs featuring all conference plenary and breakout sessions (a $50 value!), which will be mailed to you a few months after the conference.

Regular Pricing (March 15th - April 4th)
General Admission: $95
Student Admission: $40
Group (10+) Admission: $75/person

Groups may register online or by filling out the group registration form. Please note the submission guidelines at the top of the form.

Online pre-registration is now closed, but walk-up registration will be available at the conference. Because materials and lunches have been pre-ordered, we cannot guarantee enough supplies for walk-ups, but we will do our best to accommodate you. Walk-up rates will be as follows:

General Public: $95
Students: $40

For questions about registration, please email Janine Dixon (Discovery Institute) at or call 1-800-685-0632 ext. 108 between 9am-5:30pm (PT).

Cancellations/Refunds: If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend the conference, email Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made by 5:00pm (ET) on Friday, April 4th.


Conference Venue:
Covenant Fellowship Church
One Fellowship Rd., Glen Mills, PA 19342

Hotel Recommendation:
Attendees are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation. The Staybridge Suites Wilmington - Brandywine Valley (approximately one mile from Covenant Church) is offering discounted rates of $112/night for studios and $135/night for suites (which includes WiFi access and breakfast buffet) for reservations made by March 7th. Reservations can be made online with group code “WSF”, or by calling 610-358-2560 and mentioning the group name “Westminster Science & Faith.” See this map for other hotels in the Glen Mills area.