Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science
The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, under the direction of Dr. Edward B. (“Ted”) Davis, Professor of the History of Science, sponsors a variety of events, all intended to help promote better understanding of religion and science–including medicine and social science–in this region. We continue the college’s established tradition of hosting speakers who represent diverse religious and disciplinary perspectives. We also sponsor a book discussion group, presently meeting (usually) on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year (see below for more details). Most events take place on our campus, but some are held in other locations.
All of our events are announced here. PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. Information about each event is also sent electronically to anyone who wants to be contacted by email. Recipients are sent blind copies, in order to ensure that individual addresses are kept private. To add your name to this list, or to update your email address, contact Dr. Davis at Tdavis@messiah.edu or at 717.766.2511 ext. 6840. Dr. Davis’ web page contains further resources on science and religion:
All of our events are open to the public—indeed, it is the people of central Pennsylvania whom we seek to serve. Most events are free; any exceptions will be clearly announced. Annual membership in the Forum is possible for a contribution in any amount. To inquire about becoming a member, contact Dr. Davis. The primary benefit of membership is knowing that you have helped us provide quality programs, but from time to time members are invited to a limited number of private events, such as opportunities to dine with speakers, and members are also invited to suggest specific programs for future events.
EVENTS FOR SPRING 2015
THE READING GROUP has now finished discussing The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus, published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press (http://www.cambridge.org/asia/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521732000). We will meet again in the fall, but the book has not yet been chosen—suggestions are always welcome. All are invited to attend, whether or not you have attended any of our events in the past. The reading group is free, but you will need to bring your own copy of the book.
Our program of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES still has one more spring event, as follows:
On Thursday evening, April 23, Princeton University physicist Robert Kaita will speak about the experience of his family in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War 2. Dr. Kaita and his family are Christians. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a personal glimpse of that dark episode in American history. The event is at 7:30 pm in Boyer 137 (Parmer Cinema). For more information about the speaker and his talk, see the Quicklinks.
Dr. Kaita will also speak earlier the same day about his work in plasma physic—if this interests you, contact Dr. Davis for details.
EVENTS FOR FALL 2015
The Eastern division of The Society of Christian Philosophers will meet at Messiah College from 24 to 26 September, 2015. The Forum is working with that organization to sponsor a public talk one evening that will relate closely to Christianity and science. Details TBA.
Other public events may also be announced over the summer. Stay tuned!