Beth Anderson to Speak at Samford

Published on February 18, 2014 by Steve Donaldson  

Dr. Beth Anderson, professor of Chemistry at Hope College in Holland, Michigan will speak on the intersection of science and religion in Brock Forum on Thursday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. Convocation credit is offered to students and the public is invited. In her presentation, "No Small Wonder," Dr. Anderson will describe the role of wonder in both scholastic endeavors and spiritual journeys and share some of the ways her life as a scientist blends with her religious faith. Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Samford University. Her research involves the formation and assembly of nano-materials.

"No Small Wonder" Abstract
What is the role of wonder, as both a noun and a verb, in our scholastic endeavors and spiritual journeys? Can the wonders observed within our research lead to worship? Can our scholarly activities be enriched by spiritual formation, wherein we consider the lilies, pray without ceasing, and gain eyes to see and ears to hear? As the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning suggests, is “every common bush afire with God”?