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

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).

Tom McLeish Visits BC’s Lower Mainland

Our CSCA Vancouver chapter is very pleased to have Dr. Tom McLeish of Durham University, UK visit us this fall! From October 31 to Nov 3, Tom will be giving a number of public talks in BC’s Lower Mainland (details below).

Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society’s education committee. After a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University, a lectureship at Sheffield University, in complex fluid physics, lead to a chair at Leeds University from 1993.

McLeish takes a fresh approach to the science and religion debate, taking a scientist’s reading of the enigmatic and beautiful Book of Job as a centrepiece, and asking what science might ultimately be for. Rather than conflicting with faith, science can be seen as a deeply religious activity, and the current form of a deep and continuous thread in human culture. He longs to equip churches to work with science as God’s gift, and for secular scientists to see the search for wisdom about the world in science.

His research interests include: (i) molecular rheology of polymeric fluids); (ii) macromolecular biological physics; (iii) issues of theology, ethics and history of science. He has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures and workshops on science and faith. In 2014 OUP published his book Faith and Wisdom in Science. He has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York.

Lecture Tour of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia:
(More info on McLeish and the tour in general here.)

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Questions? Ask Mark,
our Project Development Officer
pdo@csca.ca

CSCA Featured in Faith Today

Our Local Chapters Project is featured in the September/October issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian Magazine (page 11). Read the online article at this link.

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As it turns out, our Project is actually on-track to start eight additional chapters (two more than the article mentions). We at CSCA are very excited about such a great start. Stay tuned for more updates, as we will soon release more details, including the personal reflections of our 2016 scholarship winners.

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Questions? Ask Mark,
our Project Development Officer
pdo@csca.ca

Loving God with All Your Mind, and Alzheimer’s

Bryan C. Auday, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Gordon College, Wenham, MA, and is also the founding Director of the Neuroscience Program there. He recently completed as Co-Medical Editor the Salem Health Magill’s Medical Guide (7th edition), Vols. 1-5, Hackensack, NJ: Grey House Publishing, 2014. Auday describes for us here the latest developments and challenges from Alzheimer’s Disease for the sciences, our society, and Christian faith. The essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically about 5,000-8,000 words) that contributes to the conversation. These can be sent to Dr. Auday at Bryan.Auday@gordon.edu. He will send the best essays on to peer review and then we will select from those for publication in an Alzheimer’s science theme issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. The lead editorial in the December 2013 issue of PSCF outlines what the journal looks for in article contributions. For best consideration for inclusion in the theme issue, manuscripts should be received electronically before 1 May 2017.

Looking forward to hearing your perspectives,

James C. Peterson
Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith