Internationally known speakers featured
Several hundred scientists, students, pastors and professors are expected to travel to Springfield for a conference on Faith & Science: Genesis and Genetics at Evangel University, June 23-25, 2014.
The conference will include more than 20 breakout presentations with a diverse group of highly qualified speakers.
“Our goal is to provide pastors, leaders and laypeople with tools to address issues of science in the context of faith,” said Dr. Michael Tenneson, conference chairman and professor of biology at Evangel.
This will be Evangel’s second national Faith & Science Conference; the first was a huge success in 2011.
“Congregations are a lot more scientifically literate than they used to be,” said Dr. James Bradford, general secretary of the Assemblies of God and one of the organizers of the conference.
“There are a great number of issues where faith and science intersect — ethical and medical issues, genetic engineering, beginning and end of life issues, etc. We want to help equip pastors to be able to speak to those things,” said Bradford, who holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Tenneson agrees, and he believes pastors should integrate faith and science from the pulpit for the sake of younger, more scientifically savvy generations.
“The Barna Group findings tell us that young people believe the church has not done a good job of showing them how to integrate faith and science,” said Tenneson, who holds a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri–Columbia. “Scriptures tell us that truth is found in both the Bible and God’s creation. I find my faith and science informing each other on a continual basis.
“We can reduce the exodus of young people from the church by showing that you can be a thinking person and make decisions about what you believe based on evidence,” added Tenneson.
The Faith & Science Conference is co-sponsored by three entities: The General Secretary’s Office of the A/G, Evangel University and the Pensmore Foundation.
Registration details and speaker information are posted at faithandscience.ag.org
For more information, contact Dr. Michael Tenneson at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8318.
Key Conference Speakers
Other conference speakers include Bradford, Tenneson and Dr. Steve Badger, retired professor of chemistry at Evangel University.
Graduate credit for the seminar is available through the AGTS Office of Continuing Education. Dr. Steve Badger (AGTS ’95) will teach “Special Studies: Genesis 1-11 and Science.”
The course will be held June 23-27 in a one-week module format, with pre-session and post-session work. It will incorporate all conference sessions plus another two and one-half days of face-to-face class sessions with Dr. Badger. AGTS will pay the $125 (student rate) conference fee for anyone registering for graduate credit.