Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Formerly known as the Science and Faith Dialogues, the Hall of Reason meets for three consecutive Tuesday evenings. Janet Siefert, PhD, presents a short synopsis covering that week's science topic and then moderates the discussion. The time is from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the dining hall. Registration for each session is separate.
This is a free course designed to provide good science direction while allowing the participants to ask the questions that they might have not felt comfortable asking or have not had the opportunity to ask. It is an exploration into science, but also seeks to recognize the spiritual needs that are part of the human condition. It is non-denominational, but there is a focus on the answers that Christians can count on from Scripture. There is no intent to convince either from the science or faith platforms, but a desire to have a meaningful conversation. It is for all levels of education, appropriate for 18-year-olds and up, and welcome to believers, searchers, and non-believers.
Janet has her doctorate in Biology and has been a research faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Rice University since 1997. She has a Wikipedia page, although she truly hates Wikipedia and is willing to talk to you about it over coffee. She has most recently accepted a position at the Lanier Theological Library as Director of Communications, which she believes is further proof that God is not done with her yet.
Given the variety of topics and interest, there is a separate registration page for each session listed below. Feel free to sign up for any/all sessions that interest you. Registration will be limited, so please sign up soon via the Eventbrite link below to secure your spot. Please bring your own mask and be aware, that due to limited seating and social distancing requirements, you must be registered to attend. If you register and are unable to attend, or if one of the sessions you would like to attend is "sold out," please email email@example.com to be placed on a waiting list.
- February 23, 2021 - The Genetics of COVID 19: How the vaccinations work, discerning good information from bad, a case study, the ethics of vaccinations, What role does fear play for the Christian in understanding an ‘evolving’ pathogen? Click HERE for an mp4 of the powerpoint.
- March 2, 2021 - The Science of Dogs: Reflections on their origins, evolution, their place in Scripture and role in the ancient Near East, Were they always man’s best friend? Click HERE to register.
- March 9, 2021 - Sin: Is It a Thing or Not? What is the psychology and brain science behind guilt and conscience and the concept of sin? Does Scripture agree? Do you believe in sin? If so, does Scripture do better than science at understanding both the nature of sin and its repercussions? Click HERE to register.