Tenth Annual Andrews Autumn Conference on Religion and Science
Benefit of the Doubt
Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24, 2015
The 2015 Andrews Autumn Conference will take place from October 23-24 featuring keynote speaker Gregory Boyd, Senior Pastor of Woodland Hills Church and author of Is God to Blame, God at War, and Benefit of the Doubt.
The conference will begin with a presentation by Gregory Boyd on “The Danger of Certainty-Seeking Faith” on Friday night, October 23 at 7:30 pm at Pioneer Memorial Church and is free and open to the public. The conference will continue on Saturday morning, October 24 at 9:00 am (Registration and a light breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 am) in the Biology Amphitheater. Boyd will present on "Honesty: The Foundation of Biblical Faith." Steve Harnish, Professor of Mathematics at Bluffton University will present on “Mathematical truths, doubts and (un)certainties: Dynamics of a creative relationality” and Richard Rice, Professor of Theological Studies at Loma Linda University, will present on “Trust and Doubt in the Drama of Faith.” The conference will close with worship at 4:30 pm followed by a light supper for out-of-town guests.
Free registration is required for the October 24 portion of the conference (October 19 is the registration deadline). Lunch will be provided for registered participants.
While there is no on-campus lodging availability at this time, we do offer a list of nearby lodging options here (prices were accurate at time of posting, but may have changed). Most local hotels offer 10-20% discounts for guests of Andrews University (mention the university when you make your reservation).
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Mark your calendars now. The sixteenth annual Goshen Religion and Science Conference will be held April 8-10, 2016 on the campus of Goshen College.
The 2016 conference speaker will be Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, (Ph.D. Hebrew University, 1978), Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson is Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, the Director of Jewish Studies, and Professor of History at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Her research focuses on Jewish intellectual history, Judaism and ecology, religion, science and technology, and feminist theory. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters in academic journals and edited volumes, she is the author of the award winning Between Worlds: The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (1991) and the author of Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being in Premodern Judaism (2003). She is also the editor of Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World (2002); Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (2004); Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: The Legacy of Hans Jonas (2008); Building Better Humans? Refocusing the Debate on Transhumanism (2011), Hollywood’s Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema (2012), and Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century: Personal Reflections (2014). Professor Tirosh-Samuelson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers (2013-), a set of 20 volumes, featuring outstanding living Jewish thinkers. The first ten volumes have already appeared and five more are in various stages of production. She is also the recipient of several large grants that have funded interdisciplinary research on religion, science and technology focusing on transhumanism. Professor Tirosh-Samuelson serves on the editorial board of Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science and referees manuscripts for several academic journals, university presses, and foundations.
The Midwest Religion and Science Society (MRSS) is an organization dedicated to the dialog between Religion and Science. A primary interest of the MRSS is Religion and Consciousness.
The MRSS has local chapters at Andrews University (MI), Bluffton University (OH), Bethel College (IN), Goshen College (IN), Manchester College (IN), the University of Notre Dame (IN), and the University of St. Francis (IN). There are two major meetings of the MRSS each year, one at Goshen College (March) and one at Andrews University (October).