Upcoming Events

October 4, 2018

Lecture by Rosalind Picard, Director of MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group

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October 12, 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Why Only Us? Language and Evolution” (Noam Chomsky)

November 9, 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away” (Rebecca Goldstein)

December 7, 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Evolution and the Fall” (William T. Cavanaugh)

Past Events

September 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “The Righteous Mind” (Jonathan Haidt)

May 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism” (Alvin Plantinga)

April 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “The Uncontrolling Love of God” (Thomas Oord)

Steve Donaldson Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Science for the good of the church

March 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Faith, Science and Religion” (Vernon Smith)

Josh Reeves Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Is randomness incompatible with a sovereign God? On randomness and providence.

Steve Donaldson Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Changing human nature with technology. How far should Christians go?

Josh Reeves Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Science and Miracles: How might God act in the world?

Steve Donaldson Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Science and atheism: does science make God unnecessary

February 2018

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “God, Freedom, and Evil” (Alvin Plantinga)

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Freedom All the Way Up: God and the Meaning of Life in a Scientific Age” (Christian J. Barrigar)

John Walton Lecture on Science and the Bible at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

Josh Reeves Wednesday Night Bible Class at Dawson: Scientifics experts: can Christians trust them?

November 2017

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Knowledge and Christian Belief (Alvin Plantinga)

Science and Religion Student Club Discussion: “Can Scientists be Trusted?”

October 2017

Gregg Davidson Lecture: “Fossils Support Creation! Fossils Support Evolution! Making Sense of the Evidence”

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Unexpected Universe (Loren Eiseley)

September 2017

Event: “Two Christian Views on Methodological Naturalism” with Josh Reeves and Andrzej Zabolotny

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Lost in the Cosmos (Walker Percy)

May 2017

Steve Donaldson Lecture. “Is there Room for Faith in a World of Science?”, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Josh Reeves Lecture. “Christianity and Evolution: Do Christians have to choose?”, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

April 2017

Josh Reeves Lecture. “Are Science and Religion in Conflict?: A Historical Perspective” Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Steve Donaldson Lecture. “How to Have Difficult Conversations” Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Josh Reeves Lecture. “Science and Biblical Interpretation”, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Why Science Needs Metaphysics by (Roger Trigg)

March 2017

Josh Reeves Lecture- “Can Scientists Be Trusted?: Understanding Christian Skepticism Towards Science” Science and Religion Series Lectures

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science” by Kathryn Applegate, editor.

Josh Reeves- Three Lectures on Science and Faith at Baptist Church of the Covenant

Debate: “Genesis and Evolution: What Should Christians Believe?” This event looked at the three different beliefs Christians can hold in regard to Genesis (creation) and evolution. On the first night, all three positions - Young Earth

Creationism, Old Earth Creationism, and Theistic Evolution – were represented from a scientific perspective. On the second night, all three positions were examined from a biblical perspective.

Josh Reeves- Two Lectures on Faith and Technology at Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

Steve Donaldson Lecture: "Making Sense of Modernity" Core Texts Lecture

Steve Donaldson Lecture: “Why the Science and Religion Conversation is Important” Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Jeff Schloss Lecture: "Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!: Three ‘Big Questions’ in Evolution and Theism”

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science. (McKnight and Venema)

February 2017

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart

Josh Reeves: “Three Big Questions about Science and Christianity” Baptist Church of the Covenant School for Christian Living: Session 1

December 2016

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life” by Ben McFarland

November 2016

Ian Hutchinson Lecture- Christianity and Science: Belligerents or Brothers?

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science” by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson

October 2016

Justin Barrett Lecture- How Religion is Natural and Why Christians Should Care

Mr. Darwin’s Tree- Play

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds” by Justin Barrett

September 2016

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design” by Frank Wilczek

May 2016

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Annual Dinner and Book Discussion: The Territories of Science and Religion (Peter Harrison)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

April 2016

Science and Christianity Workshop with John Walton for Ministers and Beeson Divinity Students

Science and Religion Club Event with John Walton

John Walton Lecture: "What Genesis Can and Cannot Say to Modern Science"

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Lost World of Genesis 1 (John Walton)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

Steve Donaldson:  Three Lectures on “Dimensions of Faith”, Howard H. Williams Lecture Series, Weatherly Heights Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL

March 2016

Cadre Book Discussion: Chance and Providence: God’s Action in a World Governed by Scientific Law (William Pollard)

Science and Religion Club Event: Deborah Haarsma Q&A with students

Deborah Haarsma Lecture: "The Universe Declares the Glory of God"

Science and Christianity Workshop with Deborah Haarsma and Hugh Ross for Ministers and Beeson Divinity Students

"Science and Religion Workshop "BioLogos and Reasons to Believe: A Gracious Dialogue on Evolution"

Steve Donaldson: “Dimensions of Faith” Baptist Church of the Covenant School for Christian Living: Session 3

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

Steve Donaldson: “Dimensions of Faith”, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

Josh Reeves: “Christianity and Science: The Key Questions” Vestavia Hills Baptist Church

Steve Donaldson: “Dimensions of Faith”, Presentation to Samford University Retired Faculty Rotunda Club.

February 2016

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Scripture (Mark Harris)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

Steve Donaldson: “Dimensions of Faith” Presentations at the Baptist Church of the Covenant

School for Christian Living, Sessions 1 and 2

Play: Falling: A Wake, Christenberry Planetarium

Peter Enns Lecture: "Parts of the Bible We Don’t Read in Church (But Should)"

Peter Enns Lecture: "Reconciling Human Origins and Religious Faith: Thoughts from a Christian Evolutionist"

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Scripture (Mark Harris)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

January 2016

Science and Religion Workshop, First Baptist Church, Montgomery, View Workshop Poster

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False (Thomas Nagel)

December 2015

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-denying, Reason-destroying Scientism (Ian Hutchinson)

November 2015

Ministers’ Workshop with Mark Harris (University of Edinburgh)

Samford Science and Religion Club Event: Student Q&A with Mark Harris (University of Edinburgh)

Mark Harris (University of Edinburgh) public lecture: Does science disprove the miracles of Jesus?

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Arrival of the Fittest: How Nature Innovates (Andreas Wagner)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

October 2015

Ministers’ Workshop with Denis Alexander (St. Edmund's College, Cambridge): How to Respond to Scientific Atheists

Samford Science and Religion Club Event: Student Q&A with Denis Alexander (St. Edmund's College, Cambridge)

Denis Alexander (St. Edmund's College, Cambridge) Public Lecture: Science and Faith—More Similar Than You Think

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Dimensions of Faith: Understanding Faith through the Lens of Science and Religion (Steve Donaldson)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

September 2015

Transhumanism and the Church Conference: Theological Reflections on Technology and Human Enhancement, Samford University

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis)

Student Faith and Reason Group meeting

Science and Religion Club Event: Real Talk: Faith and Academics from the Professors’ Perspective, Pizza Q&A in Harry’s Coffee House, University Center

May 2015
Science and Religion Workshop for Ministers, Samford University
Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Annual Dinner and Book Discussion: Transhumanism and Transcendence (Ronald Cole-Turner)

April 2015
Science and Christianity Faculty Cadre Book Discussion: Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution (Ted Chu)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

March 2015
Ministers’ Workshop with Peter Harrison (University of Queensland, Australia)

University Fellows Roundtable with Peter Harrison (University of Queensland, Australia)

Peter Harrison (University of Queensland, Australia) Public Lecture: The Religious Origins of Modern Science
 
Dinner and book discussion with Peter Harrison (University of Queensland, Australia) and Samford faculty: The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood (Christina Bieber Lake)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

February 2015
Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Ray Kurzweil)

January 2015
Science and Religion Workshop for Ministers, First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala.

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

December 2014
Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter (Terrence Deacon)

November 2014
Tom Woolley (Samford University) Presentation on Randomness and Chance, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (Arthur Herman)

October 2014
Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine) Q&A with psychology majors and pre-med students

Minister's luncheon with Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine)

Minister's class with Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine)

Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine) Public Lecture: The Power of Compassionate Love
(2014 Davis Lecture and inaugural event in the New Directions project lecture series)

Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine) Q&A with Beeson Divinity School faculty and students

University Fellows Roundtable with Stephen Post (Stony Brook University School of Medicine)

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Unlimited Love: Altruism, Compassion, and Service (Stephen Post)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

September 2014
Steve Donaldson (Samford University) presentations on transhumanism, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Trinity and an Entangled World (John Polkinghorne)

May 2014
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Master and His Emissary (Iain McGilchrist)
Dinner Meeting

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

April 2014
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Questioning the Millennium (Stephen J. Gould)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Tom Woolley (Samford University) presentations on Faith and Reason, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

March 2014
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Mind of God (Paul Davies)

Beth Anderson (Hope College) Public Lecture: No Small Wonder: Integrating Faith and Science

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University) Public Lecture: God and the Cosmos

February 2014
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Against Method (Feyerabend)

Wilton Bunch (Samford University) presentation to Birmingham Pastors Group Meeting: Two Stories Are Better Than One

Steve Donaldson (Samford University) presentations on The Seven Deadly Sins of Science and Religion and Dimensions of Faith (A Scientist Talks About Faith), atJudson College 175th Anniversary Celebrations: The Gift of Reason: Exploring Intersections of Science and Biblical Faith

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

January 2014
Science and Christianity Cadre Paper Discussion: Randomness and God’s Nature (James Bradley) and A World of Contingencies (Robert Ulanowicz)

Steve Donaldson (Samford University) presentations on Transhumanism presentations, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

December 2013
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Evolution of Adam (Peter Enns)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

November 2013
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Creation: Law and Probability (Fraser Watts)

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 6 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 5 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

October 2013
Tom Woolley (Samford University) presentations on Faith and Reason, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 4 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

John Haught (Georgetown University) Public Lecture: Evolution and Faith: What is the Problem?

University Fellows Roundtable with John Haught

John Haught (Georgetown University) Public Lecture: Science, Faith, and the New Atheism

George Keller (Samford University) Public Lecture: Near Death Experiences, First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 3 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Science and Faith: A New Introduction (John Haught)

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 2 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Homewood, Ala.

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): How to Have Difficult Conversations (session 1 of 6,) Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

September 2013
Steve Donaldson (Samford University) presentations on transhumanism, John Carroll Catholic High School bioethics classes

Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: How Nature Works (Per Bak)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

May 2013
Tom Woolley (Samford University): How does God interact with the world?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Ala.

Wilton Bunch (Samford University): Does God exist?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Ala.

April 2013
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: The Way the World Is (John Polkinghorne)

Wilton Bunch (Samford University):What Will it Mean to be Human (Current Precedent)?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Ala.

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

March 2013
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Ignorance: How It Drives Science (Stuart Firestein)

Student Faith and Reason Group Meeting

Steve Donaldson (Samford University): What Will it Mean to Be Human (Transhumanism)?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Ala.

February 2013
Science and Christianity Cadre Book Discussion: Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Mark Noll)

Steve Donaldson, Samford University: What is the soul?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Birmingham, Ala.