Suter Science Seminar - Can Genomics Inform Theology?
When Friday April 12, 2013 @ 4:00 PM (245 days ago)
Where Science Center, 104
Duration 1 hour
Can Genomics Inform Theology? A Christian Perspective on Human Creation in the Post-genomic Era by Darrel Falk, PhD
_Many branches of protestant Christianity are characterized by a high degree of hesitancy about human creation through an evolutionary process. A recent Gallup Poll shows that 46 percent of Americans believe that humans were created pretty much in their current form at one time 10,000 years ago. Among those who attend church weekly, the percentage is 67%. On the other hand, the scientific community has only become increasingly convinced that Darwin’s theory of human evolution through common descent, including the process of natural selection, is thoroughly supported by the data. It is important that all Christians carefully examine the data and explore its theological ramifications. _
Dr. Darrel Falk, past president of the BioLogos Foundation, is Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he has taught since 1988. He received his BSc (with Honors) from Simon Fraser University, and earned his PhD from the University of Alberta. Dr. Falk’s early research focused on Drosophila molecular and developmental genetics. But desiring to focus on undergraduate teaching in a Christian college setting and to think about biology more broadly than from a research perspective, he transitioned into Christian higher education many years ago. He led BioLogos into becoming an organization which has become increasingly known for its success in addressing the concerns that many Christians have about evolution. It has done this through an annual conference of leading evangelicals, workshops for teachers in Christian schools, and a website that has about 650,000 visits per year. He is the author of the pioneering work, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology.
Co-sponsored by the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.
Intended Audience General Public
Name Science Center
Phone # 540.432.4400