Science and Faith

Science & FaithLed by the Holy Spirit, a group at Pennington Presbyterian Church (PPC) applied for and was awarded a grant from the “Scientists in Congregations”program which itself is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Science & Faith is a major initiative of Scientists in Congregation aiming to “catalyze conditions for a sustained, rich, generative engagement between science and faith.” PPC’s Science & Faith Steering Committee is led by Pastor Nancy Mikoski and Professor Leeann Thornton.  A series of three explorations ran weekly February – April focusing on evolution (February), anthropology (March), and neuroscience (April). Each month’s topic concluded on the final Sunday of the month with a special afternoon panel discussion.

Details on the program’s next phase will available soon.

Below is the outline of the initial three months as well as the opportunity to view digital recordings of each session.

Science & Faith Video Library

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Science & Faith I:
Where Did Everything Come From?

Led by:        Don Lovett, Professor of Biology, The College of New Jersey
Dates:          February 12 to February 26, 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:     Heritage Hall

Sunday morning topics
February 12:  Ways of knowing. The historical context of science and religion over the millenia.
February 19:  Is evolution an atheistic point of view? Why science is important to people of faith.
February 26:  Creationism, Intelligent Design, and evolution.  Why shouldn’t we bring God into the science classroom?

Feb. 26, Sunday afternoon closing panel discussion

Panelists:        Professor Donald Lovett, Evolutionary Biologist at The College of New Jersey and Elder, Ewing Presbyterian Church and Professor  Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary

Date:             February 26, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location:     
Upper Titus

Join us for the month’s special afternoon panel discussion on recent developments in evolutionary biology and Old Testament theology followed by an open discussion.

Science & Faith II:
Where Did Humans Come From?

Dates:          March 4 to March 25, 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:     Heritage Hall

Sunday morning topics
March 4: Biblical and Theological Views of Human Nature. Led by Reverend Gordon Mikoski
March 11: How Genetics Make Us Re-think Human Origins. Led by Reverend Gordon Mikoski
March 18: Paleontology of Humankind. Led by Don Wright
March 25: Human Futures? Led by Don Wright

March 25, Sunday afternoon closing panel discussion

Panelists:        William Harcourt-Smith, Assistant Professor at CUNY (Department of Anthropology, Lehman College and the Graduate Center) and Resident Research Associate in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.
Wentzel van Huyssteen, Professor of Theology and Science, Princeton Theological Seminary

Date:               March 25,  2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location:        
Upper Titus

Join us for the month’s special afternoon panel discussion exploring what it means to be human from fossils and the Bible.

Science & Faith III:
How is God Continually Involved in the World?

Dates:         April 15 to April 29, 9:00am to 10:00am
Location:     Heritage Hall
Led by:         Rob Thornton

Sunday morning topics
April 15:  How does God act in the universe?
April 22:  How does God act in the brain?
April 29:  What is the science of freewill?

April 29, Sunday afternoon closing panel discussion

Panelists:        Jonathan Cohen, Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
Kenneth Reynhout, Princeton Theological Seminary – doctorate to be awarded May 19!

Date:                 April 29,  2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location:        
Upper Titus

Made possible by a grant the church was awarded by the Scientists in Congregations initiative,
a program funded by the John Templeton Foundation to foster collaboration between scientists and theologians in congregational activities.