Science & Theology Dialogues: Does Science Make My Belief in God "Obsolete?"­

How about starting your summer with a fascinating discussion on the question: "Does science make my belief in God 'obsolete?'"  The DC Theology Pub & Emerging Christianity meetups continue the Science & Theology Dialogues on June 16th. The Templeton Foundation has published an interesting exploration of this topic on their website, so participants can just download it and avoid ordering and reading a whole book.

This is the fourth topic down from the top of the page found at the Templeton website (click here) or cut and past the following:

http://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series

This gathering will allow the Theology and Science Dialogue conversation to regroup for the summer.

The paper we will discuss includes a range of opinions, some supportive and some opposing, on the question. Please read as many of the essays as you can, and then let's talk about the ones that gripped your imagination the most!

We are switching to essay discussions: With this conversation, we are switching gears a little bit.  Our last few 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 essays are online they can be downloaded and read on your mobile devices.

Your imput is needed and valued: The Templeton 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.

Hope you can join us for this interesting conversation!

Best, Larry

More about the Purpose 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 Loudoun 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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  • Victor

    I really want to be a part of the science & theology debates but I'm not in town at the moment. So I was really glad when I saw that people leave notes and share things in this forum related to this event. So I'll try to post here. The interesting thing is that I occasionally blog online about science and faith and I happened across the Templeton Foundation faith & science essays. I'm actually writing a blog post about many of the relevant questions. Here was my blog post about this question.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/victor-udoewa/does-science-make-belief-god_b_1173870.html

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wanted to make this event but can't bc of Father's Day. Hope there will be another one sometime.

    June 11, 2013

    • Monica

      This will be my first event. No guarantees but I'm really going to try and make it.

      June 13, 2013

    • Victor

      I missed the event and am out of town indefinitely. I hope to converse with people through this forum or conversation for the event.

      July 17, 2013

  • Larry B.

    I think you will enjoy that once you read some of the essays that you will find that others hold a similuar opinion as you. Many times we are in conversations and we are the only one to hold a particular opinion. Conversation is more about expression than conversion. I have had to repent for thinking God is like the Borg, where resistance is futile and it was my job to convert everyone I met. It is amazing how quickly I became at peace with all humans. Please post while you read.

    May 17, 2013

    • Victor

      I like this. For me conversation is a lot about being converted if that makes sense, learning to see myself and my thoughts as others see them and in some way perhaps coming to a richer understanding of my perspective. I love this thread. I'm actually writing blog posts about the templeton essay questions. I'll be doing one on capitalism and moral character actually. Thanks for taking this one.

      July 17, 2013

  • Larry B.

    Thanks to everyone who turned out. We had a great time sharing our views with one another. It is amazing to see the world through the eyes of others. We have a lot in common but we each are very unique individuals. I think the next discussion will be even more fun. The group attending decided to tackle the question "Does the free market corrode moral character?" We are planning to meet the 21st of July at the same place. We will post the meeting shortly.

    June 18, 2013

  • Glenn Z.

    Hey guys Larry is running late, he'll be there in 15 minutes. So sorry for the mix-up!!!!!! Hang in there!

    June 16, 2013

  • JasonW K.

    Absolutely hate missing this one:/

    June 16, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    My son's gig is at 5pm so I won't be able to make it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    My son's gig is at 5pm so I won't be able to make it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    I may not make because my son's band is playing a gig at a Father's Day event. If they are on early, I'll be able to come.

    June 14, 2013

  • Monica

    New member. I've always enjoyed thought provoking reading on deep Christian subjects. I hope to make it Sunday.

    June 13, 2013

  • Kofi

    In travel?..... Enjoy!...... Cheers!!

    June 11, 2013

  • JasonW K.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 7, 2013

  • Larry B.

    I ran across this video this morning. I think it is very telling and may add some more perspective on our topic of discussion.
    Richard Feynman on God
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YltEym9H0x4

    June 5, 2013

  • Larry B.

    Here is my first take on this question after reading the first 3 essays. Why do I and these essayists believe in God? If science is answering that question, is it supporting or alleviating the need for my belief in God. For example if God is the answer for my superstitions, then if science explains away my superstitions then I guess I do not need God for that reason. Let’s hear some other preliminary thoughts before our discussion. Thanks!

    June 3, 2013

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