|Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:
This month there are a number of events that I would like to highlight. Though a number of them are
taking place in the Baltimore/Washington area there are also others scheduled in other locations. I plan
to post these on the Events page of WesleyNexus this coming weekend. If there are events taking
place around the country or even abroad that you would like posted, please let us know by sending an
email to WesleyNexus@aol.com. Of course, as always, if you have any articles that we can share, let
Rick Barr, WesleyNexus
October 25: William Philips and James Miller to address The Presbyterian Association on
Science, Technology and the Christian Faith
On October 25 at Potomac Presbyterian
Church in Potomac, Maryland, The
Presbyterian Association on Science,
Technology and the Christian Faith will
hold its annual meeting with a program featuring William Daniel Phillips, PhD (Nobel Laureate,
Physics, 1997) and Rev. James Bradley Miller, PhD.
In 1997, Dr. Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap
atoms with laser light" at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (then the National
Bureau of Standards). He is now the head of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group in the Quantum
Measurement Division of NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory and also a Fellow of the Joint
Quantum Institute, a cooperative research organization of NIST and the University of Maryland. Bill
is an active member of Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD where he is a
member of Fairhaven's Gospel Choir.
Jim Miller is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who has worked in science and
religion for many years including, as the Senior Program Associate for the Program of Dialogue on
Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
He is currently the co-chair of the Broader Social Impact Committee of the Human Origins Program at
the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The program on the 25th will begin at 7:30. They will address the topic of “Science, Technology and
the Christian Life”. The program is open to all. More information on the program can be found here.
October 29: Science, Faith and the New Atheism
Dr. John Haught of Georgetown University will
present a program on Science, Faith and the New
Atheism at Samford Univeristy’s Center for Science
& Religion. The program will begin at 7:00 pm at the
Brock Forum. Sanford University is located at 800
Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama. For more information on this and upcoming programs, see
their event calendar here.
November 21, 2013: Panel Discussion with Tom Oord, Craig Boyd and Mark Mann
As we have mentioned in prior newsletters,
WesleyNexus is sponsoring a free seminar
and special presentation on the evening of
Thursday November 21st in conjunction
with the 200th Anniversary of Old Otterbein
Church (in downtown Baltimore next to the
Convention Center, 112 W. Conway Street),.
The discussion topic will be “Is Evolution the Enemy of Faith?” Panelists will include WesleyNexus
Advisory Board member Dr. Thomas Jay Oord, Professor of Theology at Northwestern
Nazarene University, Craig A. Boyd, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University, and
Mark A. Mann, Associate Professor of Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
The program will take place prior to the 2013 meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the
Society of Biblical Literature, scheduled to begin the following evening on November 22 at the
Baltimore Convention Center.
The Thursday night program will begin with a light supper at 6:00 p.m. and run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The historic church is within one block walking distance from the convention hotels, and all AAR/SBL
members are welcome, as well as members of the public. More information will be forthcoming in
future newsletters. Meanwhile, please share this information with anyone planning to attend the
AAR/SBL meetings so that flights can be arranged to arrive at BWI on Nov 21st. Check www.
wesnex.org for updates.
November 22 – 23: New Challenges in Science and Religion, Also in Baltimore
The International Society for Science and Religion
is offering a brief conference on the theme of
“New Challenges in Science and Religion.” It
will be held in Baltimore at the Baltimore Hilton
on Friday afternoon and the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday evening and Saturday morning. It
will conclude prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion on
Saturday. Speakers include many leading lights in the science and religion dialogue including Philip
Clayton, Robert Russell, Jennifer Wiseman and Nancy Howell, just to name a few. Information on
the program can be found here.
October 27: Fairmilehead Parish Science and Religion Debate
Unless this newsletter finds you traveling in Scotland,
it is unlikely that you will be able to attend the science
and religion debate sponsored by Fairmilehead Parish
Church in Edinburgh. None-the-less, I thought you
might be interested in knowing that Fairmilehead is
hosting a discussion with two scientists and two
theologians. Speaking from a scientific perspective is
Prof Stuart Monro OBE, DUniv, FRSE, is the Scientific Director at Our Dynamic Earth, a charitable
trust raising awareness and understanding of our planet through the Dynamic Earth exhibition and
promoting education and life-long learning in Earth and Environmental Science. http://www.
dynamicearth.co.uk/home He will be partnered with Prof Colin Graham FRSE, Senior Honorary
Professorial Fellow, and Professor of Experimental Geochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. The
theologians will be represented by Dr. Mark Harris MA PhD, Lecturer in Science and Religion at New
College, the University of Edinburgh and Jeff Bagnall, Critical Roman Catholic Theologian and former
lecturer for the Diocese of Edinburgh. The church website can be found here.
November 12: Justin L. Barrett to speak at Azuza Pacific University
Justin L. Barrett, Ph.D., Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and director of The Thrive
Center for Human Development in Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology, will present
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Promise of Cognitive Science of Religion” at Azuza Pacific
University in Azuza, CA on November 12. Dr. Barrett is an experimental psychologist who taught for
five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology. He is the author of numerous articles
concerning cognitive, developmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of religion. His
authored books are Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004), Cognitive Science, Religion, and
Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (2011), and Born Believers: The Science of Children’
s Religious Belief (2012). He edited a four-volume collection called Psychology of Religion (2010).
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Los Angeles Pacific College Board Room, Turner Campus
Center, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. You can see this announcement and others on the Center for
Science Research website: http://www.apu.edu/cris/lectures/
Two Newly Discovered Websites (at least new to me!)
Common Ground - Science and the Baha’i Faith
Common Ground is a working group aimed at
creating an active venue for discussion &
communication, resource sharing, consultation,
learning, study, & community-building for anyone
interested in finding common ground in the areas
of faith and reason, science and religion.
Contributors include members of the Baha’i Faith with backgrounds ranging from science to literature
to philosophy. For the Baha’i “scientific knowledge is the highest attainment upon the human plane,
for science is the discoverer of realities. It is of two kinds: material and spiritual. Material science is the
investigation of natural phenomena; divine science is the discovery and realization of spiritual verities.
The world of humanity must acquire both. A bird has two wings; it cannot fly with one. Material and
spiritual science are the two wings of human uplift and attainment. Both are necessary…” — Abdu’l-
Bahá, (from a talk given 23 May 1912, Cambridge, MA). Their website can be found here.
Center for Science and Religion: Samford University
“The mission of the Center is to promote rational inquiry and to further understanding pertaining to
key issues at the interface of science and religion. This is accomplished through a variety of
educational and research activities. The Center is committed to the ideas that science and religion are
not inherently incompatible and that insight into key science and religion issues has a rich history. The
Center mission, however, is oriented around the belief that there is much to learn and much work to
be done both with respect to exploring new avenues of understanding and for communicating current
views to others. Outside its commitment to general Christian principles and an ongoing search for
truth, the Center does not exist to promote any particular scientific theory or point of view.”
Resurgence Publishing Gifts to WesleyNexus
WesleyNexus has been given a small quantity of
books by Resurgence Publishing Corporation (RPC)
(www.resurgencepublishing.com), a non-profit
corporation in the State of Florida, founded in 2004.
The company's initial publications are the “Archive Series”
focused on the life and works of Joseph Wesley Mathews
provided, with family permission, to Wesley Theological
Seminary in Washington DC. In 2009, RPC added a new “Legacy Series” of publications spearheaded
by a reprinting of Eternal Values in a World of Change, by Bishop James K. Mathews, and the
presentations, talks and workshops of the “Transforming the Legacy Symposium” at Wesley
Theological Seminary, honoring the inauguration of the Joseph Wesley Mathews Archives at the
Seminary and lifetime work of his brother Bishop James K. Mathews (see RPC Conferencing.) The
two volume series resulting from the Symposium was published in late 2010. Books in this series now
include God Mask, by Methodist theologian William Arthur Holmes, and the newest title, A Theology
of Surprise, by Dr. John Epps, Director of LENS international in Malaysia. On the RPC website, all
titles are highlighted, and any of these can be ordered at a deep discount through an email to
WesleyNexus@aol.com as a way to support our work. Many thanks to RPC for this gift; all titles will
be available for purchase at the November 21 seminar event at Old Otterbein Church in Baltimore.
|October 24, 2013