(Originally posted in the Anglican Way Magazine February 11, 2019)
Conference participants Revd. Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, Dr. William Phillips, Fr. Mark Michael, Dr. Paul Julienne, Mr. Daniel Dorman (from left-to -right)
It has been one year now since the God, Science, and Humanity” Conference on Feb. 10, 2018, sponsored by The Prayer Book Society at St. Francis Church in Potomac, MD. The purpose of the event was to renew our Christian imaginations from within the Great Tradition of Christianity for better constructive engagement with the many challenges posed by our secular and technological social order, especially those associated with a perceived conflict between science and Christian faith. The Conference addressed how the findings of science can live together quite well with robust Christian faith.
To commemorate the event, and to offer material for cultural apologetics regarding questions that remain very much alive today, the links below take you to some of the presentations at the conference.
Click HERE for a short Introduction to the day. It describes what the conference was intended to address and gives an introduction and background to the four speakers and their topics, which were
- Physicist William Phillips, “Ordinary Faith, Ordinary Science,”
- Neuroscience graduate student Daniel Dorman, “The Liturgical Brain,
- Philosopher Michael Hanby, “Science and Faith: Getting the Question Right,”
- And finally my perspective as a physicist, “Renewing the Christian Imagination: Where do we go from here?”
Click HERE for my presentation on “Renewing the Christian Imagination.” It seeks to stimulate both your Christian and your scientific imaginations to fresh insights on conceiving a sound relation between science and Christian faith. It requires that we go deep within the stories that our faith and our science tell us about what is really going on in the world and be amazed at the wonder that it all coheres at a deep level. If we only have the eyes to see, “All things hold together in Christ.”
Click HERE for an article by Dan Dorman on “The Liturgical Brain” that is very close to the one presented at the Conference. Dan considers the neuroscience of habit formation. His article points out that “spiritual disciplines physically renew our minds by rewiring our brains.” In other words, liturgy can quite literally help turn you into a new person.