Hundreds of people, from students to scientists and laypeople to pastors, are expected to travel to Springfield, Missouri, for a conference on Faith & Science: Genesis and Genetics at Evangel University, June 23-25, 2014.
The conference will include more than 20 breakout presentations with a diverse group of highly qualified speakers.
"Our goal is to provide pastors, leaders and laypeople with tools to address issues of science in the context of faith," said Dr. Michael Tenneson, conference chairman and professor of biology at Evangel.
This will be Evangel's second national Faith & Science Conference; the first conference in 2011 was considered a huge success.
"Congregations are a lot more scientifically literate than they used to be," said Dr. James Bradford, general secretary of the Assemblies of God and one of the organizers of the conference.
"There are a great number of issues where faith and science intersect — ethical and medical issues, genetic engineering, beginning and end of life issues, etc. We want to help equip pastors to be able to speak to those things," said Bradford, who holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Tenneson agrees, and he believes pastors should integrate faith and science from the pulpit for the sake of younger, more scientifically savvy generations.
"The Barna Group findings tell us that young people believe the church has not done a good job of showing them how to integrate faith and science," said Tenneson, who holds a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. "Scriptures tell us that truth is found in both the Bible and God's creation. I find my faith and science informing each other on a continual basis."
Speakers for the event include: Keynote speaker Dr. John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University; Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society, working with staff of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; Dr. Stephen Meyer, a Cambridge-trained philosopher of science and a founder of the modern intelligent design movement; Dr. Stephen Krstulovich, the award-winning lead engineer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago; Dr. Robert White, a professor of molecular biology and medical genetics at Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences; Dr. Matthew S. Stanford, a professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies at Baylor University; and Bradford, Tenneson and Dr. Steve Badger, retired professor of chemistry at Evangel University.
The Faith & Science Conference is co-sponsored by three entities: The General Secretary's Office of the Assemblies of God, Evangel University, and the Pensmore Foundation.
For registration details and speaker information click here. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Tenneson at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8318.