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Science & Theology Dialogues: God's creation through evolution and scripture?

"Can God's Creative power seen through both evolution and the language of Scripture?  Why or why not?  Does it have to be all one way or all the other for a person of faith?"  That's the cluster of questions the November Science & Theology Dialogues will take up.  The DC Theology Pub & Emerging Christianity meetups continue the Science & Theology Dialogues on November 24th. 

While we usually pick a topic from the Templeton Foundation (click here), this time we are going to look at a paper from the Faraday Institute in England which works on some of the same issues.  They have published an interesting exploration of the November topic on their website, so participants can just download it and avoid ordering and reading a whole book (click here for the article). And here for other Faraday essays (click here) as well as here (click here).

We are switching to essay discussions: For the last few conversations, we are switching gears a little bit.  Our first discussions required that we purchase and read a book.  Many indicated to me that they felt like they could not participate since they did not have the time to purchase and or read the book. Because these Templeton & Faraday essays are online they can be downloaded and read on your mobile devices.

Your input is needed and valued: The Templeton & Faraday essays promise to be a great resource for our conversations. If you know of any other sites that have interesting topics that would make a great source for our conversations, please share with the group by placing the links in the comment sections. Also if you are not able to attend this conversation gathering, please vote for your topic choice for our next gathering.

The next two discussions from the Faraday website will be (essays can be found at the same page as the Nov. topic): 1) What has theology ever done for science, 2) Made in the Image of God: Human Value and Genomics.

Hope you can join us for this interesting conversation!

Best, Larry

More about the Rationale of the "Science & Theology Dialogues: We are trying to create a safe space for people to pose basic questions about how their faith background and science training & interests interrelate.  Many people either have given up on this quest (they never could fit the pieces together), or they try to make hard-and-fast rules where there's a lot of ambiguity and mystery.  We, on the other hand, have not given up on the quest to integrate faith and science.  But, to be clear, our group never seeks to "prove" God or any claim, but to "explore" and "evaluate" new ideas and theological models over a beer or meal.  We don't really have debates as much as conversations about new ideas from a range of disciplines (science, social science, theology, literature) that help us make sense of the world and our place in it.

More about our Facilitator of our "Science & Theology Dialogues": Going forward we are hoping Larry Branch and others interested in faith and science issues can host future "Science & Theology Dialogues" through DC Theology Pub & An Emerging Christianity Conversation in DC.  Larry’s interest in science & theology comes from his life experiences in the areas of computer science, social justice, and local church involvement. Larry is a software developer working on a number of projects as a contractor at the US Department of Labor. He lives in Loudon County where he has chaired the county Board of Social Services. While serving on this influential board, he developed a special passion for providing affordable housing to all county residents. He also has attended a non-denominational church in the county since 1985, and he has served as an elder for several of those years. Larry describes himself as a “sojourner on a spiritual quest like many others in DC; but an unusual person in the District in that I do not have a political affiliation; rather, I enjoy meeting a variety of people. Even though I am committed to the Christian discipline and worldview, I especially love conversations with those of other spiritual disciplines and worldviews.” The diversity of Larry’s experiences makes him an ideal facilitator for this science & theology dialogue.

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  • Rick

    Larry: Wonderful meeting last night. Thanks for your leadership.
    To All: Here is the link to the Cana Initiative I mentioned http://www.canainitiative.org
    I enjoyed meeting you all and listening to your insights. Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.

    November 25, 2013

  • Joanne L

    Won't be coming after all tonight. Sorry for the late notice. Hope to come to future event.

    November 24, 2013

  • Joanne L

    Won't be coming after all tonight. Sorry for the late notice. Hope to come to future event.

    November 24, 2013

  • Joel W.

    unfortunately I will not be able to make the discussion today :( I hope that it is a great one..respects to all..

    November 24, 2013

  • Larry B.

    I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. As an aside question if you believe human evolution or development continues what scriptures do you rely on to justify your personal transformation?

    November 23, 2013

    • Joel W.

      I am not sure that I understand your question-are you asking for a scriptural reference as to the notion of human evolution?

      November 23, 2013

  • Joel W.

    All, I just saw this public lecture online from the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics on can Evolution be understood Quantitively

    http://online.kitp.ucsb.edu/online/plecture/dfisher13/rm/flashtv.html

    November 23, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    I just wish we could find a more spacious location than Zorba's.

    November 8, 2013

  • Joel W.

    There is going to be a discussion at Busboy and poets on the 29th regarding evolution and humanity-picture posted with the details..

    October 18, 2013

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