Scholarship Winner’s Reflection: Dayna Nelson

The CSCA is once again offering five scholarships of up to $1600 each to send Canadian students to science-religion conferences of their choosing. Here is a reflection from Dayna Nelson (B.A. cand., University of Waterloo), one of 2016’s winners.

Dayna Nelson attended the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 22 – 25, 2016, Azusa Pacific University).

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Andrew Reeves, Colborne Kemna, Dayna Nelson, and Timothy Opperman at ASA 2016.

ASA 2016 was a fantastic success, and it was my favourite of the conferences I’ve attended so far. The theme “Brain, Mind and Faith” was of particular interest to me because it focused on the interplay between psychology and religion–topics that are normally handled separately in my studies. Since I have not had the opportunity to study these in an integrated fashion, I was more than thrilled to explore it, albeit briefly, here.
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Thoughts on “Is Genesis History?”

by Bob Geddes

Bob GeddesI will be dating myself here: many, many years ago, actor Lily Tomlin, a master of many comedic roles, would portray a precocious five-year old girl named Edith Ann. Sitting in a vastly oversized chair, she would regale listeners with stories about her daily adventures, which often included her dog Buster. She would end each segment by saying “And that’s the truth,” followed by a moist, lip-induced raspberry. We are in a time where there is much focus on what is truth and what is factual. “Fake news” is a daily buzzword.

American Del Tackett, founder of “The Truth Project,” is the feature commentator of a movie creating another buzz in some Christian circles, entitled “Is Genesis History?”. I have not seen the movie, although it is being shown in selected Canadian cities on Tuesday, March 14. As a former geologist and retired minister, I have received a few emails seeking my advice on whether one should go see it. While not yet having access to the movie, I do trust those who have given it a geological review. Continue reading

Scholarship Winner’s Reflection: Timothy Opperman

The CSCA is once again offering five scholarships of up to $1600 each to send Canadian students to science-religion conferences of their choosing. Here is a reflection from Timothy Opperman (Regent College, Vancouver), one of 2016’s winners.

Timothy Opperman attended the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 22 – 25, 2016, Azusa Pacific University).

Timothy (right) with Denis Lamoureux at ASA 2016.

I had a fantastic time attending the annual conference of the American Scientific Affiliation, and I felt particularly fortunate that my first time was the 75 Anniversary of the ASA. My mind was spinning with excitement as I arrived at Azusa Pacific University, and I had high expectations of quality lectures and presentations, as well as hope for some genuine connections with fellow attendees. I am pleased to say that my expectations were thoroughly exceeded. Not only were the presentations engaging and challenging, but I also met some of the most fascinating people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Every element combined into an excellent experience that I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in the intersection of science and religion. Continue reading

PUBLIC TALK ON ADAM AND THE GENOME: INTERSECTION OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND GENOMIC EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION

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PUBLIC TALK ON ADAM AND THE GENOME: INTERSECTION OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND GENOMIC EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION

The beliefs of many Christians today are being challenged by genomic evidence of human evolution. On February 21, Dr. Dennis Venema, Biology professor at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, and Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, will explore this provocative topic at a free public talk in Langley.

One of the traditional, core Christian beliefs is that humans are direct, supernatural creations descended uniquely from a single ancestral couple: Adam and Eve. However, today this view is coming under pressure from genomic evidence indicating that humans evolved and descend from a much larger population. This raises serious questions not only for Christian readings of Genesis, but also for how Adam & Eve are understood by New Testament voices, such as Jesus and the apostle Paul.

Dr. Venema and Dr. McKnight have taken this matter by the horns in their brand new book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science (Brazos, 2017). Their talk will explore the genomics evidence for evolution and consider its implications for evangelical faith, witness, and interpretation of Scripture.

Adam and the Genome: An Evening with Scot McKnight and Dennis Venema
7:00PM-9:30PM, Tuesday, February 21
South Langley Church, 20098 22nd Avenue, Langley, BC, V2Z 1X4
Website: www.csca.ca/events/event/van-venema-mcknight/
Poster/Promo material: goo.gl/UmsPxX

Event Sponsors: Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, TWU Faith & Science Club, Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre, & House of James

About CSCA: Conversations on science and faith, as well as debates and internet trolling, are often found in our national and local media. The Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA) seeks to bring such conversations to a more fruitful level. Many Canadian scientists, working in government laboratories, public and private universities, industry, and medicine are Bible-believing Christians and participate fully in the international scientific community.

For more information:
Mark McEwan
Project Development Officer, CSCA
604.513.2121 ext. 3259
pdo@csca.ca
www.csca.ca  

TWU Faith and Science Club is made possible by the “Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities 2015-16” Project, a project of Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford (SCIO), the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), which is funded by Templeton Religious Trust. http://www.scio-uk.org/bridging-two-cultures/

Project Newsletter: First Year in Review

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 14.58.17CSCA folks are encouraged to read our January 2017 newsletter. Here you can read our report on the first year of our Local Chapters Project and some exciting developments as we begin our second year.

Click here to read the newsletter (PDF).