Lectures of interest to CSCA members, usually indicating free, public lectures (but do see individual event details).

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA presents a lecture by Paul Allen (Academic Dean and Professor of Theology, Corpus Christi College). Co-sponsored by Trinity Western University’s Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and TWU’s Departments of Philosophy and of Religious Studies. God, Anthropology and the Dangerous Ambiguity of Social Darwinism The modern discipline of anthropology purports to understand human nature in its evolutionary and cultural contexts. In this talk, I argue that without roots in a theological narrative, human nature can only be understood as a series of vexatious, closed paradoxes. The modern experience with forms of social Darwinism demonstrates that a …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA presents a lecture by Rev. Professor Stephen N. Williams (Honorary Professor of Theology at Queen’s University, Belfast). The Question of Transhumanism The question of transhumanism is wide-ranging and definitions of it vary a little. Basically, it is about the possibility of enhancing humans to a point where they transition into a new ‘species’. Scientific issues include questions about human embodiment and the nature of human consciousness. In this lecture, the position will be taken that transhumans could not possess religious consciousness in the sense that Christians understand that and whatever is scientifically and technologically possible, transhumanity …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The Hamilton Science Faith Forum and CSCA present a lecture by Maureen Markle-Reid (Full Professor, McMaster School of Nursing). The Hospital is Full: Community Care and the Needs of Older Adults As Canadians endure longer wait times for acute hospital care, many older adults struggle to find holistic, dignified care that allows them to remain in their homes as long as possible. Dr. Markle-Reid’s research examines a solution that fixes both issues simultaneously: decrease ER wait times by providing community based health care for older adults. Her work incorporates political, caregiver, patient and community insights leading to …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The CSCA presents a lecture by Arnie Berg (M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, University of Saskatchewan). Note! With desserts & beverages! Biology and Behaviour: Are You in Control? This presentation examines recent findings from biology and genetics, looking at how those discoveries have contributed to our understanding of human behaviour and the joint influence of nature and nurture. To an extent the talk has an educational component as it introduces the audience to some basic concepts in biology, with an emphasis on the wonder of God’s creation of life on earth. These concepts are then used to examine what effect …