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 way 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).  Also, check out these essays (click here and click here).

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 & Faraday essays are online they can be downloaded and read on your mobile devices.

Your input is needed and valued: The Templeton and 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.

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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  • Mike

    Well, this was my first ever visit to this Emerging Christianity meetup. I was really surprised, and thankful, to see the huge range of opinion around the table. I had a great time.

    I would have preferred that we broke up into smaller discussion groups. But I did appreciate the chance to talk provided by the round-robin format.

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Mike

      At the meetup, I mentioned the book, "Saving Darwin." Someone had mentioned that Evangelical Christianity made the science of evolution a faith issue only in the past 100 years, and this book talked about that a little.

      http://www.amazon.com...­

      December 3, 2013

  • Larry B.

    I really enjoyed myself. I was amazed at all the various perspectives surrounding the topic of evolution. It appeared no one had a problem with our rational understanding of human evolution and the Genesis account. I was also impressed with the number of people who were once atheist and now pursue personal spiritual development, even in the Christian tradition. It is really a joy and an encouragement to listen to the lives of others.

    November 25, 2013

    • Mike

      Glen, not there was a wide variety of opinion at the table: 1) Genesis is taken literally and modern science skeptically; 2) the Genesis account and modern science are equally valid; 3) the Genesis account can be accepted for theological truth and modern science reveals physical truth; and 4) the modern science is definitely true and the Genesis account is merely interesting literature.

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the clarification. Hopefully this subject will come up again as I am definitely in category #1 and would love the chance to exchange ideas with others.

      November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually, I thought a lot of what people were talking about was off-topic.

    November 27, 2013

  • Beth G.

    Good to see the group being engaged AND respectful. Good job, Larry.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Eduardo G

    I wasn't a huge fan of the topic, because this is something I already searched and have answer for but no one will believe so it was just kind of frustrating

    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

  • Beth G.

    Current issue of Presbyterians Today is on this topic.

    November 20, 2013

  • m p.

    Sorry I can't maker it. There is a free meeting at johns hopkins on Wed, Nov 20
    The question of suffering and the goodness of God. RAVI ZACHARIAS WILL BE SPEAKING. More info can be found here: http://www.rzim.org/events/united-states/

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mum will be in town!

    August 25, 2013

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