Center for Science and Religion

The mission of the center is to promote rational inquiry and to further understanding of key issues at the interface of science and religion through educational and research activities. The center is committed to the ideas that science and religion are not inherently incompatible, and that insight into key science and religion issues has a rich history. The center’s mission, however, is oriented around the belief there is much to learn and much work to be done in exploring new avenues of understanding and communicating current views to others. Outside its commitment to general Christian principles and an ongoing search for truth, the center does not exist to promote any particular scientific theory or point of view.


  • Stimulate critical thinking and promote dialogue on key issues central to science and religion.
  • Create and support interdisciplinary research and publication.
  • Sponsor workshops, seminars, lectures, and other educational events both on and off-campus.
  • Establish a mechanism for strengthening Christian faith and scientific understanding.
  • Supervise an undergraduate major in science and religion and recruit high-caliber students.
  • Seek grants and other funding to support Center objectives.

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Latest News

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A House is Not a Home: Science, Genesis Tell Different Stories, Walton Says

The lecture, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, offered a culturally and theologically deep consideration of the different aims of the Bible and science. 

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Old Testament Scholar John Walton to Speak at Samford April 4

Walton is professor of Old Testament
 at Wheaton College and Graduate School, and was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years. 

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Haarsma, Ross Agree on Value of Christian Engagement With Science

Samford University’s Center for Science and Religion and the Issacher Fund hosted astronomers Deborah Haarsma and Hugh Ross for “a gracious dialogue on evolution” March 2–3. 

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‘Psalms of Lament’ Reveal Trust Amidst Uncertainty, Enns Says

Enns presented Samford University’s 2016 Ray Frank Robbins Lecture Feb. 23–25. 

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Science and Religion Club to Sponsor "Falling: A Wake" Play Feb. 23–28

Join us for a penetrating yet humorous look at randomness and providence through the power of drama. 

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Donaldson Delivers 2016 Howard H. Williams Lectures

Steve Donaldson will be the speaker for the annual Howard H. Williams Lectures at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, April 15-17.  

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Peter Enns to Speak on Bible, Faith, Science Feb. 24–25

The Department of Religion and the Center for Science and Religion will co-host public events featuring the noted scholar