Theistic Evolution Conferences

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  • Jul 8-21, 2012. Calvin College Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Religion, Modernity, and the Hermeneutics of Science by Peter Harrison.
  • Feb 21-23, 2012 Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. Evolutionary Theories of Religious Belief - Does biology explain away God?. Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion. Sponsor: Western Washington University Philosophy Department.
    Speakers: Dr. Jeffrey Schloss and Dr. Michael Murray.
  • Mar 28-29, 2012 Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Evolutionary Theory: Implications for Science & Christian Belief. Wheaton College Science Symposium 2012. Sponsors: Wheaton College Biology Department and the Science Division of Wheaton College. Co-Sponsors: Center for Applied Christian Ethics (Wheaton College), Wheaton College Faith and Learning Program, John and Madeleine McIntyre Chair of Philosophy and History of Science, and the Wheaton College Chaplain’s Office.
    "Evolution 101: An Introduction to the Foundational Concepts of Modern Evolutionary Theory" by Dr. Raymond Lewis, Chapel by Dr. Jack Collins, "Science and Theology As Ways of Knowing" by Dr. Alvin Plantinga. Panelists include: Dr. Robert O’Connor, Dr. Robert Bishop, and Dr. Pattle Pun, "Lessons from the Cell: What Can We Learn from Molecular Biology?" by Dr. Michael Behe and Dr. Kathryn Applegate, "Genes, Theology, and the Origin of Humanity" by Dr. Darrel Falk, Dr. Fazale Rana, and Dr. Jack Collins, "Moving Forward - New Paradigms for Interactions Between Science and Christianity" by Dr. Stephen Meyer and Dr. Jeffrey Schloss.
    "Evolutionary theory today offers answers to questions about the nature and patterns of genetic change in populations and the integration of structure and function in molecular, cellular and genetic processes. It explains the demographic and environmental conditions leading to genetic disjunction, morphological differentiation, and reproductive isolation (speciation) in populations, the phylogeny and common ancestry of different populations relative to one another, the origin of the human species, and the origin of life from non-living material."
  • Dec 11, 2011. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. God and Creation: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Scientific Cosmology. Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 30th Anniversary Conference.
    "Introduction to Big Bang Cosmology" by William Stoeger, "Cosmology and Judaism" by Daniel Matt, "Cosmology and Christianity" by William Stoeger, and "Cosmology and Islam by Alnoor Dhanani.
  • Oct 28-29, 2011. Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science : the Theology Edition. Creation: Biblical Options — A Gracious Dialogue. Sponsored by: Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
    Speakers: Todd Beall, Craig Blaising, Walter Kaiser, John Mark Reynolds, Bruce Walkte, and John Walton.
    "In the second event of the Initiative, or what we are calling the "Theology Edition", we seek to enhance awareness and harmony in the Church by hearing from orthodox Christian theologians, but with a spectrum of views on origins and other science-related issues. Such a dialogue in itself suggests that a range of Biblical interpretations is consistent with the essential core Christian doctrines."
  • Sep 30-Oct 1, 2011. Chattanooga Conference Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation. Bryan Institute Symposium. Sponsored by the Bryan Institute in conjunction with the division of Christian Studies (Bryan College).
    Speakers: Dr. Richard Averbeck (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Dr. Todd Beall (Capital Bible Seminary), Dr. John "Jack" Collins (Covenant Theological Seminary), Dr. Tremper Longman III (Westmont College), and Dr. John Walton (Wheaton College). [Dr. Beall is the only young earth creationist.]
    "Current scholarly evangelical work on the Old Testament presents challenges to the traditional reading of Genesis 1-2. Rather than assuming that Genesis presents a historical account of God creating man from the dust of the earth, that Adam was the common ancestor of all humans, and that human creation occurred in the relatively recent past, a newer consensual reading suggests acceptance of long ages of the earth and Darwinian evolution alongside a belief in the trustworthiness of Scripture."
  • Jun 16-18, 2011. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. The Path of Discovery: Science, Theology, and the Academy. 31st Annual Christian Scholars' Conference.
    Speakers include: Francis Collins, John Polkinghorne, Ted Peters, Don England, John Angus Campbell, Darrel Falk, Karl Giberson, Edward J. Larson, Kathryn Applegate, Simran Sethi, etc.
    Topics: “BioLogos – From Beginning to Present”, “BioLogos – Looking Ahead”, “Major Book Review: Reconciling the Bible and Science: A Primer on the Two Books of God by Lynn Mitchell and Kirk Blackard”, “Crime Fiction, Science, and the Battle Between Good and Evil”, “Walker Percy: Science and Literature”, “Old Testament Panel Review of The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder”, “Science, Faith, and the New Atheism: A Dialogue”, “Darwin and The Sublime: A Point of Dialogue And Civic Action For Science, Engaged Citizens and Communities of Faith”,"Theology, Science, and the Hermeneutics of Interdisciplinary Reason", and more.
  • Feb 25-26, 2011. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois. Understanding Evidence for Old Earth Creation and its Biblical Basis. Sponsored by the Moody Student Council with Solid Rock Lectures.
    Lecturers: Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth, and Gregory Bennett.
  • Nov 9-11, 2010. Harvard Club, New York City, New York. In Search of a Theology of Celebration. Theology of Celebration II
    Speakers: Denis Alexander, Kathryn Applegate, Robert C. Bishop, Stephen Ashley Blake, Jim and Carolyn Blankemeyer, Barbara Bryant, R. Judson Carlberg, Ron Choong, Francis Collins, Michael Cromartie, Pete Enns, Catherine Crouch, Andy Crouch, Darrel Falk, Leighton Ford, Kerry Fulcher, Karl Giberson, Charley Gordon, Os Guinness, Deborah Haarsma, Daniel Harrell, Matthew J. Heynen, Joel C. Hunter, Ian Hutchinson, Randy Isaac, Sidney J. and Catherine Jansma, Tim Keller, Paul H. Lange, Ard Louis, Patrick McDonald, Tim O'Connor, Thomas Jay Oord, Jeff Schloss, Randy Scott, Sanford C. "Sandy" Shugart, Dean Smith, Mark Sprinkle, Tim Stafford, Dave Ussery, Luder Whitlock, Philip Yancey, Amos Yong.
    "Based on our discussions, we affirm that there are several options that can achieve this synthesis, including some which involve a historical couple, Adam and Eve, and that embrace the compelling conclusions that the earth is more than four billion years old and that all species on this planet are historically related through the process of evolution."
  • Oct 26-28, 2010. Grace Covenant Church, Austin, Texas. The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science. How Science Supports Christianity and Christianity Explains Science. Sponsored by: Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
    Speakers: Andy Crouch, Ross Hastings, Dan Heinze, Hugh Ross, Fazale Rana, Darrel Falk, Stephen Meyer, Deborah Haarsma, Jack Collins, Walter Bradley, Pastor Rob Norris, Dinesh D'Souza, and Alister McGrath.
    "Understanding the interaction between science and faith is vital for the empowering of the Christian church to hold the Gospel out to our society with fearless, Christ-honoring integrity. We hope to equip leaders in the church to influence – even define – the terms of discussion between science and faith. The historic and oft used “two books” analogy of God’s revelation is helpful here; the “book” of nature and the “book” of the Bible. Since both “books” are from the Triune God, the information revealed in these “two books” will enhance our understanding of both, and ultimately will be acknowledged as consistent, though they may seem partially incongruent at times because of human limitations and misconceptions."
  • Nov 10-12, 2009. Harvard Club, New York City, New York. In Search of a Theology of Celebration.
    Speakers: Rev. Tim Keller, Jennifer Wiseman, Denis Alexander, Kathryn Applegate, Dean E. Arnold, R.J. Berry, Dorothy Boorse, Pastor Greg Boyd, Joel Carpenter, Pastor Dan Cho, Paster Sheila Coleman, Francis Collins, E. David Cook, Michael Cromartie, Karl Giberson, Owen Gingerich, Os Guinness, Daniel Harrell, John Haught, Jack Hayford, Pastor Joel Hunter, Randy Isaac, Jack Johnson, David Kim, Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Ard Louis, Mark Noll, Pastor Tom Oord, Pastor Earl Palmer, William Phillips, Jeff Schloss, Pastor Dean Smith, Cara Wall-Scheffler, Bruce Waltke, John Walton, Luder Whitlock, Dallas Willard, N.T. Wright, and Philip Yancey.

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