Past Event

Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?


October 23, 2009 - October 24, 2009
Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Online and phone registration is now closed. On a space-available basis, walk-in registrations without meals will be accepted for students (FREE) and for general admission ($25 one day; $50 both days). All students and general public walk-ups will receive coupons for free materials that will be shipped to them post-conference.

For questions about registration & accommodations please contact the Riley Center at 817.923.1921 x 2440, or toll free at 877-474-4769.


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 October 23-24, 2009 at the Riley Conference Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Featured speakers include Dr. William Dembski, author of The Design Revolution and other books; Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design; Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery; and Dr. John West, author of Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science.

Sessions will explore a Biblical theology of 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.

This conference will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders. At the end of the conference there will be breakout sessions for students, pastors, and church leaders on how to incorporate science and faith issues into one’s church, ministry, or career.

The conference is sponsored by Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

Full conference admission (including all meals, sessions, and educational materials) is only $75, and half conference admission (including Saturday meals, Friday night's session, Saturday's sessions, and educational materials) is only $40. Students can attend for free with a student ID, but they receive no meals and must pre-register in order to get conference educational materials. (If students need meals, they should register for full or half conference admission.)

The Science and Faith Conference is sponsored by the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute.

Online and phone registration is now closed. On a space-available basis, walk-in registrations without meals will be accepted for students (FREE) and for general admission ($25 one day; $50 both days). All students and general public walk-ups will receive coupons for free materials that will be shipped to them post-conference.


For questions about registration & accommodations please contact the Riley Center at 817.923.1921 x 2440, or toll free at 877-474-4769

For general questions about the conference, contact Janine Dixon, Discovery Institute, at jdixon@discovery.org or 1-800-685-0632 ext.108


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, 9:00 am-9:30 pm

Morning Sessions
Session 1: A Biblical Theology of Nature
Speaker: Jay Richards

Session 2: The Role of Christianity in the Founding of Modern Science
Speaker: Michael Keas

Afternoon Sessions
Session 3: The Rise of Scientific Materialism and Its Impact on Science and Culture
Speaker: John West

Session 4: The Effect of Darwinian Materialism on Biblical Studies and Theology
Speakers: William Dembski, Jay Richards, and Stephen Meyer

Evening Session, 7:30 pm
Session 5: The Return of the God Hypothesis
Speaker: Stephen Meyer

Saturday, 9:00 am-4:15 pm

Morning Session
Session 6: The Case for Intelligent Design
Speakers: Ray Bohlin, Stephen Meyer, Jay Richards

Afternoon Sessions
Session 7: The Challenge of Theistic Evolution
Speakers: Stephen Meyer, John West, Ray Bohlin, Jay Richards

Session 8: Incorporating Science and Faith Issues into Your Church, Ministry, or Career
(Breakout sessions for pastors and church leaders and students.)

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Raymond Bohlin, Ph.D. A molecular and cell biologist, Dr. Bohlin is a Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and President of Probe Ministries in Richardson, Texas. He is co-author of The Natural Limits to Biological Change and Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning.

William Dembski, Ph.D. A mathematician and philosopher, Dr. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and Research Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of numerous path-breaking books, including The Design Revolution, The Design Inference, and Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology.

Michael Keas, Ph.D. An historian of science, Dr. Keas is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the College at Southwestern.

Stephen Meyer, Ph.D. A philosopher of science and geophysicist, Dr. Meyer is Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and author of the new book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009).

Jay Richards, Ph.D. A philosopher and theologian, Dr. Richards is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery.

John G. West, Ph.D. A political scientist, Dr. West is Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and author of Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science and Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided Quest.