PSALM 23 - © 2010 by John August Swanson
Serigraph 15.25" x 24.25"
May 2–4, 2013
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Every sermon is preached to people who both bear the image of God and live science-shaped lives.

How does the preacher affirm the meaning and implications of faith in a world fashioned and interpreted by science?

  • We proclaim, “God so loved the world,” and do so gazing at images of deep-space shots from the Hubble telescope. 
  • We pray at the bedside of someone in the ICU, and do so surrounded by sophisticated technology that is keeping them alive. 
  • We preach to people who sit before us reading the ancient biblical text on their cell-phone while simultaneously texting friends around the globe, or gazing at videos of Jerusalem in real time.


Every aspect of life is sacred...and every aspect is affected by science.  

Yet, the relationship between faith and science has been notoriously and divisively debated over at least the last two centuries, particularly in the U.S. Communities of faith and the scientific community seldom engage one another with sincerty and openness. But, if all truth is God’s truth, Christians can live wide-open to all dimensions of discovery.  This means embracing the wonder of revelation and complex mysteries of science, the puzzles for which we do not yet have the best questions let alone complete answers.  It means we can and must live into our experience of being creatures made, loved and redeemed, and do so as we embrace and engage an intellectual, social, and technologically informed life. 

Preaching today must be an agent in helping integrate, encourage, and challenge our understandings of how faith and science can be understood together.


Talk of God, Talk of Science will bring these worlds together for a weekend you will not want to miss, whether you are a pastor, a scientist, or a leader in your workplace or community.

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Presenters include:

> Andy Crouch - Executive Editor of Christianity Today, and Author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, winner of Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership.  Andy will be leading worship for the conference.

> Jennifer Wiseman - An astronomer and Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

> Ron Numbers - Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin. Ron is a historian of science and was awarded the 2008 George Sarton Medal by the History of Science Society for "a lifetime of exceptional scholarly achievement by a distinguished scholar."

> Warren Brown - Director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Warren has written widely on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith, including editing Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature, and more recently, The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (with Brad Strawn). 

> Karl Giberson - A leading participant in America’s creation/ evolution controversy. He has written 9 books and more than 200 articles, reviews, and essays.  His books include Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion with the late Mariano Artigas; Saving Darwin, a Washington Post “Best Book of 2008”; The Language of Science & Faith (with Francis Collins). He blogs on the Huffington Post and is a contributing editor at Books & Culture.

> Richard Mouw - Currently serving in his twentieth year as President of Fuller Theological Seminary.  He is a philosopher and author of 19 books and numerous articles related to the Christian faith and the public sphere. 

> Philip Clayton - Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology.  His specialty is developing a constructive Christian theology in dialogue with metaphysics, modern philosophy, and science.

> Justin Barrett - Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He specializes in cognitive scientific approaches to the study of religion and has published serveral books, including: Psychology of ReligionWhy Would Anyone Believe in God?, and Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Beliefs.

> Greg Cootsona - Co-Director of the Scientists in Congregations project, pastor, and author of Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Theology and Science.  He has spent the last 16 years speaking locally and nationally regarding issues of faith and science. 

> Mark Labberton - Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching and President-Elect of Fuller Theological Seminary.  Mark spent more than 15 years as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, CA (in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus) where he modeled a ministry devoted to engaging the academic and scientific communities.

David Wood - Co-Director of Scientists in Congregations (a project of the John Templeton Foundation) and Senior Minister at Glencoe Union Church in Illinois. For the past several years, he has served as a consultant to the Templeton Foundation in developing programs that cultivate an engagement with science among pastors and the congregations.

Rob Seitz - Independent consultant who works with a number of biotechnology firms.  Rob is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and an ordained Presbyterian pastor.  For the last 25 years, he has worked in biotechnology.  In 2000, he co-founded and served as CEO of Applied Genomics, which in 2009 was sold to Clarient (now a part of GE Healthcare).  

Tony Jones - Author of a dozen books and daily blogger at Theoblogy, Tony is the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch, and a professor in the D.Min program at Fuller Seminary. Since his first book, Postmodern Youth Ministry, he has been concerned with the ways that the church communicates with younger generations, particularly in ways that are culturally relevant. 

7:00pm Thursday, May 2 to 12 noon Saturday May 4, 2013
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$100 (general)
$75 (before March 15)
$25 (Student)
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