Science and Faith: An Exploration

Sunday, 5/9/21 at 9:00am

About the Event


This course is offered in partnership with the Candler Foundry

The relationship between science and Christian faith shapes public policy on matters ranging from writing high school science textbooks to interpreting arctic sea ice melt. Over five sessions, this course will provide suggestions about how Christians can orient themselves to these discussions by exploring what the confession of God as Creator tells us about the world and our place in it, and what implications this has for how we receive and evaluate the claims of science.

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Dates: Sundays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 9, 16, 23 (skips May 2) from 9:00-9:55 a.m.

The session on May 23 is a closing panel with Ryan Bonfilgio, Juliet Allan, and Dr. Joe Bresee to discuss the issues raised in the class.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Ian MacFarland is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Theology at Candler School of Theology. Dr. McFarland returned to Candler in 2019 after four years serving as Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at Candler from 2005–2015, where he was the inaugural holder of the Bishop Mack B. and Rose Stokes Chair of Theology and served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Dr. McFarland's research has focused on Christology, eschatology, theological anthropology, and the doctrine of creation. His interests also include the use of the Bible in theology, the relationship between theology and science, and the thought of Maximus the Confessor. Dr. McFarland is the sole author of six books and has edited or contributed to numerous other books and journals.

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