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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 2013
THE READING GROUP continues to discuss Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2012). For information about this book and an introduction to the controversy it has generated, visit http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/01/pete-enns-blog-tour-introduction.html and http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2012/08/spinning-our-wheels-a-response-to-a-review-of-the-evolution-of-adam-with-apologies-to-those-with-a-500-word-1-6-minute-internet-attention-span/.
Dr. Enns teaches Bible at Eastern University in St. David’s, PA. An alumnus of Messiah and a former faculty member at Westminster Theological Seminary, he is well known as a writer and speaker. He will join us for dinner and a public lecture on Wednesday, 1 May.
Everyone is welcome to attend, whether or not you can attend all the meetings and whether or not you have been part of our group before. Just be sure to bring your own copy of the book. Newcomers are especially encouraged to come. Here is the schedule:
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Chapters 5 & 6
Wednesday, 1 May, 2013
DINNER WITH PETER ENNS at 5:15 pm in Larson Student Union 237 (Participants should purchase dinner on the main floor and bring it upstairs to the conference room.)
Chapter 7 & Conclusion
Dr. Enns' lecture will follow at 7:00 pm in Hostetter Chapel Sanctuary.
This spring we have two FREE PUBLIC LECTURES, as follows:
EVENTS FOR FALL 2013
Finally, let me give advance notice of a major event coming up in the fall. On Tuesday evening, October 29, the Forum and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring a public talk by the internationally known writer Dava Sobel, author of Galileo's Daughter, Longitude, A More Perfect Heaven, and The Planets. Details will be announced closer to the date of the event, but you might want to keep that evening open.