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

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Waterloo Campus Ministry and the CSCA present a lecture by Luke Janssen (Professor of Medicine, McMaster University). Faith & Science: Conflicting or Complementary? For many Christians, the university is a very difficult place to hold on to belief, let alone practice it openly. The first year on campus is often quite an eye-opener, with challenges coming from new and very different ideas, philosophies, religions, and value systems. One of the biggest barriers is the perceived conflict between Faith and Science. This is also true for non-believers: when Christianity comes up in any kind of conversation, it’s usually dismissed …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA presents a special event with Mark McEwan (Project Development Officer, CSCA) and Tim Opperman (Student & Early Career Rep., CSCA). Students! Come early for FREE PIZZA (students only) at 6 PM (RSVP Required). RSVP by emailing pdo@csca.ca. (No RSVP necessary for the main event at 7 PM). Science, Faith, & Original Sin Are science and faith generally in conflict, or can we faithfully relate them? What about specific difficulties, such as reconciling modern biology with the Bible? Join the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA) for a special evening of science-faith discussion. Mark McEwan (Project Development …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA & TWU’s Science, Faith, & Human Flourishing initiative present a lecture from Craig Allert (Professor of Religious Studies and History, Trinity Western University). Book Launch: Early Christian Readings of Genesis One: Patristic Exegesis and Literal Interpretation Do the writings of the church fathers support a literalist interpretation of Genesis 1? Young earth creationists have maintained that they do. And it is sensible to look to the Fathers as a check against our modern biases. But before enlisting the Fathers as ammunition in our contemporary Christian debates over creation and evolution, some cautions are in order. Are we …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCA & TWU’s Science, Faith, & Human Flourishing initiative present a lecture from Myron A. Penner (Professor of Philosophy, Trinity Western University). The Bible, Science, and Human Flourishing: The Role of Scripture in Shaping a Christian View of the World Conservative evangelicals are often put in positions of conflict due to their particular view of the Bible as a source of authority—conflict with others both inside and outside of the Christian tradition. Two common flashpoints for these conflicts are (a) differing perspectives on moral issues and (b) rejections of mainstream science. In both cases, conservative evangelicals feel that …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCAs present a lecture by CSCA President E. Janet Warren (MD, PhD). Alternative Medicine: A Christian Perspective Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is becoming increasingly popular, and increasingly confusing, in North America. There are concerns about its scientific basis and spiritual roots. Some Christians uncritically use CAM, some “Christianize” it by adding a new label, and some reject it entirely. Consequently, CAM requires careful evaluation from both scientific and spiritual/religious perspectives. This presentation reviews CAM, considers reasons for its popularity and offers suggestions for a Christian response. We are called to responsible stewardship, which includes scientific evaluation, responsible …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: CSCAs present a lecture by CSCA President E. Janet Warren (MD, PhD). Alternative Medicine: A Christian Perspective Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is becoming increasingly popular, and increasingly confusing, in North America. There are concerns about its scientific basis and spiritual roots. Some Christians uncritically use CAM, some “Christianize” it by adding a new label, and some reject it entirely. Consequently, CAM requires careful evaluation from both scientific and spiritual/religious perspectives. This presentation reviews CAM, considers reasons for its popularity and offers suggestions for a Christian response. We are called to responsible stewardship, which includes scientific evaluation, responsible …

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The Hamilton Science & Faith forum and CSCA present a lecture from Patrick Franklin (Associate Professor of Theology, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto) as a part of CSCA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting. Note! 4:15 PM: Lecture & Discussion with Patrick Franklin in Room 213, Academic building. 6 – 8:30 PM: Dinner and CSCA Annual General Meeting to follow in in Executive Dining Hall A (Same building). Science as a Missional Enterprise The CSCA 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” (CSCA website). But what is …