Introduction by Derrick Peterson
We had so many great speakers and fun interactions this weekend at the first Saturday of New Wine, New Wineskin's conference Church and Science: Partners for the Common Good, in partnership with Multnomah Seminary, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The crowd favorite was definitely a workshop put on by Dr. Joshua Swamidass titled: "Is Jesus Greater than Anti-Evolutionism"? Here is how Josh describes the workshop:
Christian engagement with the sciences for several decades has focused on scientific arguments against evolution. Often, the Church look to 'anti-evolutionism' to define its confidence, witness, unity, and devotion. Even if evolution is false, is this really proper? Our anti-evolutionism did not convince scientists to abandon evolution, but during the Dover Trial in 2005 it led us into war. Sharing from my experience as a science professor at a leading secular university, I want to offer alternative ways forward. Despite our doubts, the Gospel itself is still compelling and powerful in science. At the current moment, even if we reject evolution, we can turn to Jesus from our anti-evolutionism. Science waits, and a living God is here. Will we enter in?
It was a passionately delivered talk, and to some it was controversial--but it is a desperately needed message for our day.
S. Joshua Swamidass, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, where he leads a scientific research group that uses computational approaches to solve problems in drug discovery and development. In addition to his scientific work, he works with the Veritas Forums, Intervarsity, and the AAAS Science for Seminaries programs, helping Christian communities understand their faith and science together.