Friday, April 2, 2010

Seminar at Messiah College

On Saturday, April 10, I'll be doing a seminar at Messiah College entitled "Creationism as Science." The event is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science. It's a three-part series that looks at historical and current trends in young-age creationism. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. My three sessions are:

  • The Failure of Creationism. At the emergence of modern science, many individuals treated Genesis as an historical document. Today, that is obviously not the case. At the heart of this shift is a particular mode of scriptural interpretation that allowed the historicity of Genesis to be set aside. An alternative creationist approach to science and scripture is developed in this lecture.
  • The Progress of Creationism. A sampling of creationist ideas from the foundation of science to the present will be examined, with particular emphasis on the debates within creationism that have improved creationist understanding of nature.
  • The Challenge of Creationism. Creationism has come far over the past five hundred years. Where will it go next? In addition to the need for further professionalization among creationists, three outstanding problems will be presented: starlight and the age of the universe, radiometric dating and the interpretation of the fossil record, and the meaning of homology in biology.

You can find more information about the symposium (including the schedule and directions) right here: