Faith & Science – Asbury University
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Asbury University Lilly Faculty Fellows, Dr. Ben Brammell (biology) and Dr. Dan Strait (English), hosted several events for AU faculty and students during the 2020-21 academic year with the support of a Lilly grant. 

On the evening of Friday, February 19, 2021, Dr. Praveen Sethupathy from Cornell University joined a room of 50 students to share an encouraging lecture titled, “Common Ground Between Science and Faith: What it Means to be Human.” He ended by answering several thoughtful student questions. Watch the full lecture above. 

If you are interested in learning more about the topics Dr. Sethupathy discussed in his lecture, please refer to the following book list he has provided for us: 

Books I would suggest on science and faith include:
Language of God — Francis Collins
Coming to Peace with Science — Darrel Falk
Origins — Deb and Loren Haarsma
Why Science and Faith Need Each Other — Elaine Howard Ecklund
Books I would suggest on Genesis:
The Liberating Image — Richard Middleton
The Lost World of Genesis One — John Walton
How to Read Genesis — Tremper Longman
In the Beginning…We Misunderstood — Johnny Miller and John Soden
Additional books of potential interest:
Adam and the Genome — Scot McKnight and Denis Venema
Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose — Denis Alexander
Surprised by Scripture — NT Wright

Faith & Science Symposium I & II

Two Faith and Science Symposium’s were held for about fifteen faculty ranging in disciplines from Equine to Philosophy, Psychology to Marketing, Biology to English. 

The second Faith and Science Symposium took place on the Saturday following the student event, February 20, 2021 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Windsor Manor Guesthouse. Dr. Sethupathy shared a similar lecture and answered faculty questions.

The reading assignments for this Symposium were select articles suggested by Dr. Sethupathy: 

Continental breakfast, lunch, and a modest stipend were provided for participants. 

The first Faith and Science Symposium took place on Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windsor Manor Guesthouse.

The Symposium fostered an interdisciplinary dialogue across lines of specialization, to renew and enliven a sense of Christian calling among faculty, and to enlarge the intellectual, religious (Christian-Wesleyan), social, and moral context for cultivating redemptive human action and “pressing thought toward a just complexity,” as Wendell Berry writes in Life’s a Miracle

The day consisted of three dialogue sessions, facilitated by Dr. Ben Brammell and Dr. Dan Strait, addressing questions like:

  • How can we foster a more productive dialogue about faith and science?
  • What disciplinary demands do we face in pursuing an interdisciplinary dialogue between faith and science?
  • What part do the humanities and social sciences play in an education in the natural sciences? What part do the natural sciences play in a humanities and social science education?

The reading assignment for the symposium was Chapter 5, “The Faithful Professor: Multiple Paradigms for Faith and Learning,” from Susan VanZanten’s Joining the Mission: A Guide for (Mainly) New College Faculty.

The book, lunch, and a modest stipend was provided for participants.

To read an interview conducted with Faith & Science Symposium facilitators, Dr. Ben Brammell and Dr. Dan Strait, click here. Their full program proposal may be found here

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