|Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:
Below you will find a number of postings for events and resources for science and religion discussion
groups and personal development. If you run across an item that you think should be posted on
WesleyNexus, please let me know by sending an email to WesleyNexus@aol.com. I hope you enjoy
this month’s newsletter.
Rick Barr, WesleyNexus
April 27, 2013 Ignorance and Curiosity
“Physics Nobel laureate David Gross claims that
the most important product of science is ignorance.
Science is the quest not just for knowledge, but for
better questions, and we're generally more engaged by questions than by answers. Thus, ignorance
drives science and curiosity is its engine. How do we know what we don't know? Why are we driven
to ask questions? How do we select questions? Is curiosity an integral mental process, or an emergent
psychological phenomenon? How should curiosity and ignorance be applied to education, research,
and policy?” Come join a panel of experts as they delve into how we should understand this
The program will take place on April 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm at the The Marianne & Nicholas Young
Auditorium, 247 East 82nd Street, NYC. More information can be found here.
April 28, 2013 The Ethical Brain: The Science of Moral Dilemmas
The Institute for Science and Judaism and
The Jewish Community Center of Greater
Washington are presenting Dr. Michael Gazzaniga
and Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD in an evening discussion titled Ethical Behavior, Synthesizing the Insights
of Neuroscience and Judaism. Dr. Michael Gazzaniga is a Professor of Psychology at the University
of California, Santa Barbara and heads the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is the author
of numerous books including The Ethical Brain: The Science of our Moral Dilemmas and Who’s in
Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain. Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD is Rector and
Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA.
He has served universities, state and federal ethics committees and along with writing on medical
issues for the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He has authored
twelve books including Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics.
The program will begin at 7:00 pm on April 28, 2013 at The Jewish Community Center of Greater
Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Refreshments will be provided.
Donations of $10 for non-members and $5 for JCCGW members are requested. The flyer can be
May 2-4, 2013 Talk of God Talk of Science Conference
The Ogilvie Institute of Preaching and
Scientists in Congregations is sponsoring a
conference that will bring the world of science
and the world of Christian faith together for a
weekend. Talk of God, Talk of Science will host in one location a number of the nation’s top
contributors to the science and religion conversation including Jennifer Wiseman (astronomer and
Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the
Advancement of Science), Ron Numbers (historian and author of The Creationists: The Evolution of
Scientific Creationism), Philip Clayton (Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology) and
Richard Mouw (President of Fuller Theological Seminary).
The program will take place on May 2-4, 2013 at Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N Oakland Ave Pasadena, CA 91182, Pasadena, CA. The regular registration fee is $100. More
information can be found here.
May 31, 2013 The relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human
On May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm there will be a
discussion on the relationship between science
and religion as it concerns our understanding of
human evolution. The event will be held in the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, DC. WesleyNexus will post details on our Events webpage when they
Evolution Resources from the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences has developed
an internet resource for information on biological
evolution. Information is available from a variety
of perspectives including agriculture, medicine, education, and industry. A glossary of evolutionary
terms is provided as is a list of additional internet resources. There is a separate section that discusses
science and religion issues including the teaching of evolution in schools. The main page to access all
the materials can be found here.
Richard Feynman on How Scientists Can Believe in God
On April 11, 2013, Ross Pomeroy posted on
RealClearScience.com a short summary of a 1956
talk where the famous physicist discussed the
relationship between science and religion. In the
talk, he addresses the need to accept uncertainty in both science and religion. For both, “it is of great
value to realize that we do not know the answers to different questions.” It is a short but insightful
article worth sharing and discussing. The article can be found here.
Wesley Wildman Articles Available on the Web
Wesley Wildman teaches philosophy, theology,
religion, and ethics at Boston University.
He also directs Boston University’s
unique religion and science PhD program and is
the founder of the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, a research institute dedicated to the
scientific study of religion. One of his web resource pages contains a number of articles and book
chapters on issues in science and religion. The resource page can be found here.
Of special note are the following article: 1) Science and Religion 2) Evolution and 3) The Inevitability
of Religion and the Wisdom of Cooperation with Science
Also of interest may be a recent article on philosophy of religion which that can be found here.
Wildman’s homepage can be found here and has some interesting resources as well.
Atom + Eve Project: Using Science in Pastoral Ministry Online Videos
The Atom + Eve Project concluded their final
conference last month. Supported by a grant
from the John Templeton Foundation, this
multi-year project initiated a program to encourage a lively conversation between scientists and
theologians on big issues of common interest such as creation, evolution, and spirituality. Under the
leadership of Rev. Joseph F. Wimmer, S.T.D. and Daryl P. Domning, Ph.D., four public
conferences featuring scientists and theologians were held between fall 2011 and spring 2013 on
various issues of the interaction between science and religion. The conference videos can be found
|April 25, 2013