Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Journal club: Trying something different

When my annual turn at scheduling CORE's origins journal club came up this semester (Roger Sanders and I alternate semesters), I decided I wanted to try something different. Recall that the goal of journal club is to keep apprised of the latest publications relevant to the creation/evolution issue, especially publications by Bryan College faculty or students. Rather than just pick some interesting papers at random, I decided to shoot for an overarching theme. This may be the only time we ever have a journal club theme, but I thought it was worth trying. Our theme for this semester is "Faith and Science in Dialogue." Here's the schedule:

January 24: Special presentation by Michael Gulker. Michael Gulker is executive director of the Colossian Forum, and he will be presenting on the work of the Colossian Forum. According to their website:
In an age of increased fear and animosity over issues of science, faith and culture, The Colossian Forum reminds believers of the stunning truth, "all things hold together in Christ." (Colossians 1:17) In Christ, it need not be faith versus science, nor love versus truth. The Colossian Forum is dedicated to bringing this truth - of unity and, therefore, of reconciliation - to all who are separated by issues of science, culture and Christian faith.
This should be an excellent kick off for our dialogue theme.

February 7: Presentation by Todd Wood, Creationism and Evolution: Can there be a respectful disagreement? I'll be talking about my dialogue with Fayetteville State University paleontologist Phil Senter in the pages of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology over the evolution of dinosaurs and birds.

February 21: Discussion of "Evolution, the end of human uniqueness, and the election of the Imago Dei" by Joshua Moritz, led by Brian Eisenback. The paper we'll discuss here is an attempt by a theologian to integrate human evolution with the theological concept of the "Image of God." Moritz makes some interesting claims, and we'll have Bryan bio prof Brian Eisenback examine it and tell us what he thinks.

March 13: Discussion of Seven Days that Divide the World by John Lennox, led by Ken Turner. Lennox is a mathematician and philosopher, and he's written a book on interpreting Genesis. The book has mostly positive reviews on Amazon.com, and our own Old Testament prof Ken Turner will be giving us his take on Lennox's ideas.

The rest of the semester, I've reserved spots for student presentations (we have a LOT of student research going this semester).

Journal club meets at 5 pm Tuesday evenings in Mercer 137.  Everyone is welcome.

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