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In fall semester, 2016 the College of Sciences and Mathematics began a student/faculty discussion seminar on Faith and Science.  This seminar series continues to investigate the interesting and important interface between science and our Christian faith, and better equips students and faculty to discuss these topics with others at Belmont and the broader community. 

Here are the meeting dates and seminar readings for the Spring 2018 semester:

Monday, January 29, 10:00 AM, JAAC 5010
Showing part 3 of the Test of Faith Film "Is There Anybody There?-The brain, freewill and ethics"
What if spiritual experience has no reality outside our skulls? What if we make God? Or is it simply not surprising that an activity like prayer is correlated with certain kinds of brain activity?

              Discussion Questions for this session click here

Monday, February 26, 10:00 AM, JAAC 5010

Showing a video and will then discuss it – see below for a summary of the video.

Are Evolution and Christianity Compatible? Can Christians embrace historic Christianity AND evolution?  Moody Radio’s Julie Roys explores this important issue with a scientist at Biologos, Deborah Haarsma – a main proponent of the view that Christianity and evolution are compatible.  Challenging this view will be Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute, who argues that evolution contradicts basic tenets of the Christian faith.  ​

Friday, March 23, 10:00 AM, JAAC 5010

Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Faith
We will use the Christianity Today article "Is AI a Threat to Christianity?" ( https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/artificial-intelligence-christianity/515463/) as a starting point.  As always feel free to attend and discuss regardless of whether you have attempted the reading.  

Friday, April 20, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, JAAC 4111

Faith & Science Movie Night -- "Victor Frankenstein" movie and discussion.  Pizza and drinks provided.

The film will be  2015's "Victor Frankenstein" starring Daniel Radcliffe & James McAvoy (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1976009/ ), which, while not fully true to the original novel, provides a modern 'slant' on many of the relevant issues.  


Here are links to suggested readings and websites:

https://medium.com/ai-and-christianity
Artificial Intelligence in Christian Thought and Practice
This series by Christian computer scientists introduces questions for Christians about AI and its role in society.

http://www.scienceforseminaries.org/resources/science-the-wide-angle/
A new video series (November, 2016) created by the Dialogue of Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER), a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

http://www.asa3.org/ASA/resources/
These are mini-courses by the American Scientific Affiliation on a variety of faith and science topics using resources from their journal, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith and from presentations from ASA annual meetings.

http://biologos.org/resources/all-resources/  and http://biologos.org/common-questions
The BioLogos Foundation represents the theistic evolution perspective. Founded by National Institutes of Health (and former Human Genome Project) Director Francis Collins, BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation.

http://biologos.org/resources/audio-visual/from-the-dust
From the Dust: Conversations in Creation is a DVD produced by the BioLogos Foundation.  You may check out this DVD from Dr. Murphree (JAAC 3017).

http://www.testoffaith.com/resources/
You may check out the Test of Faith film DVD from Dr. Murphree (JAAC 3017). The resources at this link are designed to complement the Test of Faith DVD and range from easy to in-depth. Everything is free to download.

http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion's Faraday Papers provide accessible and readable introductions to the relationship between science and religion, written by a broad range of authors who are expert in the field.  They are free downloads and may be copied and reproduced freely for educational and non-profit purposes. The second link provides videos and other multimedia resources from Faraday lectures, courses, discussions and research seminars.

https://www.aaas.org/DoSER     and https://www.aaas.org/page/doser-video
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities.  One of the resources provided are video links which cover a range of science and religion topics.

https://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series   and https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/
The John Templeton Foundation supports research relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.  Subjects range from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will.

https://ncse.com/learn
The National Center for Science Education defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference.  See NCSE's resources on evolution and climate change at the above link.

http://www.zygonjournal.org/index.htm
Zygon is the journal of Religion and Science.  Issues are accessible through Belmont's Lila D. Bunch Library.