Bundrick, David and Steve Badger, eds. Proceedings of the Inaugural Faith & Science Conference. Springfield, MO : Gospel Publishing House, 2011.
“The students we teach and the congregations we pastor in the future will not be contented for us to put our heads in the sand or resort to simplistic preaching against science.” — Jim Bradford, General Secretary of the Assemblies of God USA
The uneasy relationship between faith and science existed long before church leaders censured Galileo for his defense of heliocentrism in 1633. The tensions that potentially exist between biblical faith and scientific advance can be perplexing and faith challenging. As today’s world grows more reliant upon scientific advancement, the Church is increasingly filled with scientifically literate believers who expect and deserve a prayerful, well-reasoned approach to the myriad ways in which science intersects with their faith. In recognition of these trends, the General Secretary’s office of the Assemblies of God recently sponsored a first-of-its-kind conference for the Fellowship. The Inaugural Faith & Science Conference took place on Evangel University’s campus in Springfield, Missouri, in the summer of 2011.
Drawing together a diversity of believers–including scientists, theologians, pastors, and teachers–the conference met with the threefold purpose to:
- Delve into the connections between faith and science
- Explore the ethical and theological issues behind that discussion
- Equip teachers and spiritual leaders to better evangelize and disciple followers of Christ who are increasingly scientifically savvy.
Collecting the plenary sessions and a majority of the presented papers, this volume of conference proceedings is divided into five categories:
I. Integrational Approaches
1. The Relationship between Christian faith and Natural Science
Steve Badger and Mike Tenneson
2. Five Patterns of Relating Science & Christian Theology
David R. Bundrick
3. Science and Faith—Enemies or Allies
Jeffrey Alan Zweerink
II. Exegetical Issues
4. Genesis 1 and Science: A Case for Agreement
Hugh N. Ross
5. Review and Discussion of the Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton
6. Creation in the Cosmos: Evidence for Creation and a Young Universe
7. Genesis and Cosmology
Danny R. Faulkner
8. Clarifying the Exegetical Options for the Creation Days in Genesis 1 and 2 in Relation to Science
9. An Examination of the Analogical Days View and Concordism of John Collins
10. Biblical Content Informed by Ancient Contexts: An Example from Genesis 2:4-3:24
James R. Blankenship
11. Digging for Dinosaurs: Epistemology and Theological Interpretation of Natural Phenomenon
Walter A. Rogero II
III. Pentecostal Perspectives
12. Pentecostalism and Science: Challenges and Opportunities
13. Perspectives on Origins: How Diverse Are Pentecostals?
Mike Tenneson and Steve Badger
14. Survey and Analysis of Pentecostal Biblical Creation Worldviews
Larry S. Kisner
15. A Historical Overview of Pentecostal Responses to Biological Evolution
Steve Badger and Mike Tenneson
16. Medicine Is a Good Thing: Assemblies of God Doctrine as Support and Limit of Medicine
17. Measuring the Spirit’s Move: The Boon and the Bane of Empirical Methods in the Study of Evangelism, Conversion, and Spirituality
IV. Philosophical Analyses
18. The Mind of God: On the Death of Philosophy and the Limits of Science
19. Revolutionary Discoveries in Physics and Cosmology
Stephen Frank Krstulovich
20. Affordance-Based Reverse Engineering of Biological Systems as a Framework for the Cumulative Case for a Christian Worldview
Dominic Halsmer and Taylor Tryon
21. Blind Spots: Examining the Presuppositions of Western Culture That Led to the Divorce of Faith and Science
22. Understanding the Role of Assumptions in Science and Its Contribution to Differing Views on Origins
Jean K. Lightner
23. Re-visioning Theology and Science: Introducing the Pneumatological Imagination as an Alternative to Thomas Torrance’s Theo-Scientific Logic
24.Faith in Science or the Science of Faith: A Nonfoundationalist View of Natural Theology for the Church’s Essence in the Scientific Age
25. Developing a New Model for Diagrammatic Reasoning
26. Science, Religion, and Racial Justice: A Multicultural Critique of the Theory of Evolution
V. Ministry Applications
27. Science and the Pulpit: Ministering to Scientifically Literate People
Christina M. H. Powell
28. Teaching the Genesis 1 Cosmogony to Your Congregations
Michael D. Sharp
29. Creation Crisis? Proclaim God’s Wonders!
Nicholas J. Tavani
30. Churches That Push Scientists Away: Restoring Engagement with Scientists (While Reassuring the Faithful)
Philip M. Wala
31. Reconciling the Faith: Christian Students Who Move from Fear to Engagement with the Sciences
32. The Journey of a Christian Layman with a Science and Technology Background: How Can We Bring Science-Educated People to Christ?
These provocative and insightful sessions and articles are invaluable tools for preparing readers to effectively minister to those who desire a Christian theology that can engage science meaningfully and constructively.
-Adapted from back cover.
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