Who You'll Be Learning from
      . . . and What You'll Be Learning

In this unprecedented series of dialogues, each of the scientists and Christian leaders begins by sharing a personal testimonial—their coming to faithfully embrace evolution and how a science-celebrating form of Christianity can vitalize one's life journey. The host, Michael Dowd, then draws each guest into conversational reflections on faith-and-science topics that build upon the particular expertise and life learnings of each expert.

Conversational dynamics make the listening experience both engaging and memorable. Tonal nuances, laughter, and surprise offer far more than mere ideas. There is intimacy; there is invitation. Indeed, Dowd reflects:

"There is no richer and more engaging way for listeners to encounter new ideas that sing to their soul—and to easily identify which science-and-religion leaders they'll want to learn more from."

Dowd concludes,

"Any Christian who is looking to energize their faith in a way that says Yes! to the great and ongoing discoveries of science will find tremendous value in these historic conversations."

Following are brief introductions to each of the ten speakers, along with some of the topics addressed . . .

Ian Barbour - “God and Evolution”
   Ian Barbour is the elder statesman in the science and religion movement. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1999 and is the author of Myths, Models, and Paradigms; Religion in an Age of Science; and Nature, Human Nature, and God.

  • Four ways people tend to view the relationship between science and religion
  • Insights from primatology and anthropology on the evolution of human morality
  • A deep-time view of the trajectory of cosmic history / why death is part of life

  • Denis Lamoureux - “Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate”
       Denis Lamoureux, a leading evangelical contributor to the public understanding of evolution, is a professor of science and religion at the University of Alberta. He is a council member of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and author of I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution.

  • How the “intelligent design” movement dishonors God and distorts science
  • Why and how the church can be its own worst enemy, and what to do about it
  • How evolution can strengthen and deepen conservative, Bible-centered faith

  • Karl Giberson - “The Heart and Soul of the Evolution Controversy”
       Karl Giberson is a noted science-and-religion scholar who teaches at Eastern Nazarene College. Until recently he was vice president of the BioLogos Foundation, a think-tank helping evangelicals integrate faith with science, and the author of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.

  • Embracing science and evolution while remaining authentically evangelical
  • Recognizing how God is revealing truth to humanity today through science
  • Ways to faithfully reconcile biblical revelation and evidential forms of revelation

  • Charles H. Townes - “The Convergence of Science and Religion”
      

    Charles Townes was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1964 for his invention of the laser. He received the Templeton Prize in 2005 for contributions to the understanding of religion.

  • An inside, personal look at how the scientific quest propels great discoveries
  • How science is revealing an ever more glorious universe and awesome God
  • Why remaining open to updating our beliefs can be a really good thing

  • Kenneth R. Miller - “Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul”
      

    Ken Miller is a Brown University cell biologist and author of Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul. The latter chronicles his role as a lead witness in the 2005 ‘intelligent design’ trial in Dover, Pennsylvania.

  • Why uncritically holding to scripture/tradition leads Christians away from truth
  • That “America has a scientific soul” and what we must do to preserve it
  • How and why science is inherently compatible with religious faith

  • John F. Haught - “Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life”
      

    John Haught is a leading Catholic evolutionary theologian and senior fellow in the study of science and religion at Georgetown University. He is the author of a dozen books, including, Making Sense of Evolution and Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature. He was a key witness for the plaintiffs at the Dover ‘intelligent design’ trial.

  • Four facets of faithfulness: to God, tradition, science, and the future
  • The importance of having an inspiring vision, grounded in evidence
  • Our sacred task to interpret the drama of life (story of the universe)

  • William D. Phillips - “Ordinary Faith, Ordinary Science”
      

    Bill Phillips was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. He is a United Methodist layperson and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

  • How a world-class scientist interprets the resurrection of Jesus literally
  • Why doubt should be seen as a blessing, rather than a hindrance to faith
  • A clear, inspiring look at how science works and why it’s important

  • Owen Gingerich - “Evolutionary Creationism”
      

    Owen Gingerich is professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A former vice president of the American Philosophical Society and a trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, his books include God’s Universe and The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler.

  • How an Evangelical came to teach the longest-running course at Harvard
  • How God created the atoms of our bodies within stars (and why this matters!)
  • Deepening faith while embracing the findings of science

  • Edward B. (Ted) Davis - “A History of the Creation-Evolution Conflict”
      

    Ted Davis is professor of the history of science at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He is past-president of the American Scientific Affiliation, which is a fellowship of men and women of science and related disciplines who share a common fidelity to the Bible and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science.

  • Moving beyond the “warfare” view of the history of science and religion
  • Why theism makes sense of nature and our ability to understand it
  • A science-informed interpretation of creation, resurrection, “the end times”

  • John Polkinghorne - “Science and Faith in Understanding Reality”
      

    John Polkinghorne is a physicist and Fellow of the Royal Society—Britain’s most distinguished science society. He is also an Anglican priest and theologian who was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002. His books include The Faith of a Physicist and Belief in God in an Age of Science.

  • Divine immanence and transcendence viewed in an evolutionary context
  • Why Jesus’ life and message are still our best ways of learning about God
  • How science enriches spiritual life; why science and religion are not foes