The Tartan

Science and Religion Explored in New Lecture Series

By Lindsey Glasier ’13

Gordon’s ongoing conversation about the interaction between faith and science is continuing with a new lecture series, presented in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation.
“The Robert Herrmann Lectures on Faith and Science” is named after an adjunct professor and pre-med adviser at Gordon for 22 years.
It kicks off Nov. 7 and 8 in KOSC with    lectures by Walter R. Thorson, a former chemistry professor at Tufts University, the University of Alberta and Regent College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Students will have a chance to meet Thorson before the first of his four lectures. He’ll speak again twice the next evening, and chapel credit will be offered at each one.
“Dr Thorson is as quality a scholar and scientist as he is a thoughtful theologian,” said Keith Krass, Assistant Program Director for the Center for Christian Life and Studies.
Thorson will cover three different topics within the faith and science conflict: “’Fourth Day’ Things: Naturalism and the Physical Sciences,” “Intelligent Design: Contemporary Culture and Evangelical Sub-Culture” and “Unresolved Issues: Biological Complexity and Biological Function,” respectively.
Each lecture will be followed by a time when Gordon professors and other area scholars will have a chance to comment on Thorson’s remarks.
“Thorson is a well-respected scientist who has rubbed shoulders with many great scientists through his career,” said Craig Story, a Gordon biology professor. Story and Biblical Studies professor Marv Wilson will be commenting at Thorson’s first lecture.
“I hope to comment on the significance of some of Walter Thorson’s ideas in regard to Scripture and the interfacing of science and Scripture,” said Wilson.
Story is encouraging students to “read up” on the intelligent design movement before attending these events.
He said some scholars believe biology is different from other sciences, while others think they should use the same kind of methods as those used in physics and chemistry.
“Some of those arguing those views are vehement anti-Christians,” said Story, though he added some Christians also would agree.
“It will be interesting to see what Thorson has to say on it,” said Story.
Story suggests looking at the following websites to prepare for the lectures: http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2002/PSCF3-02Thorson.pdf and http://www.discovery.org/csc/.

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