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/

CSCA President Gives National Lecture Tour

 

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CSCA President Gives National Lecture Tour
July 6, 2016

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.

The CSCA announces our national lecture tour beginning in Toronto on Tuesday, July 12, and continuing through November. This multi-city tour will feature CSCA’s current president, Arnold Sikkema (Professor of Physics at Trinity Western University), giving a free public lecture entitled “Quantum Physics & Christianity” (more details below).

This tour is part of the CSCA’s new Local Chapters Project (funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.), which aims to develop local chapters of the CSCA across Canada. After starting in Canada’s largest city, the cities to be visited in the national lecture tour include Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Waterloo, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Members of the public are invited to join with scientists and other academics, as well as pastors, to hear about interesting interfaces between science and Christianity, both during the lecture tour as well as in the subsequent events organized by each local chapter. We will be drawing on our network of internationally recognized scholars as well as local talent to present engaging lectures with broad interest.

Event Poster/Promo Pack: www.goo.gl/JI0Sw1

About CSCA: The Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation is a fellowship of scientists and those interested in science, who want to understand how science should best interact with the life-giving Christian tradition.

contact: Mark McEwan, Project Development Officer [pdo@csca.ca, 604.513.2121, ext. 3259]
website: www.csca.ca  
event listing: www.facebook.com/csca.ca/events  

This project/publication was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.

Details about the Free Public Lecture

Title: Quantum Physics and Christianity

Abstract: About 100 years ago, physics left behind a Newtonian mechanical universe picture to investigate a cosmos of uncertainty, probability, indeterminism, subjectivity, and holism. This talk will explore resonances with and challenges to Christian theological and philosophical perspectives presented by quantum physics, closing with thoughts on human, divine, and biological agency.

Bio: Arnold Sikkema, professor of physics at Trinity Western University, is president of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation. He is also Fellow in Physics at St. George’s Centre for Biblical and Public Theology, based in Burlington, Ontario. After his B.Sc. in physics & mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Ph.D. in superconductivity and magnetism from the University of British Columbia, and post-doctoral research at the University of Florida, he is in his twentieth year in the world of Christian higher education. His main research interests are in science & Christian faith, particularly exploring biophysics from a Reformational philosophical perspective.