|Dear WesleyNexus Colleague:
Below you will find a variety of posts related to the science and religion dialogue. I hope you will find
something of interest. We at WesleyNexus are constantly on the lookout for resources that will enrich
our understanding and widen the scope of our community. If you run across something on the web
that fits our mission, please let us know.
Note: WesleyNexus does not endorse any of the views presented below but we think it is important to
the dialogue that a variety of thoughtful opinions be made available to our participants.
Dr. Walter Shropshire has reviewed a recent book by Dave Pruett, Reason and Wonder: A
Copernican Revolution in Science and Spirit. Dr. Pruett was a NASA researcher and
computational scientist. He is also emeritus professor of mathematics at James Madison University in
Harrisonburg, VA. Walt Shropshire is the President emeritus of WesleyNexus and is a frequent
reviewer for WesleyNexus. His review can be found here.
Your Brain on Prayer
“Through the Wormhole” is a Discovery Channel program narrative by Morgan Freeman. In a
recent video, Andrew Newburg’s research is featured on prayer and brain activity. A short clip from
the program can be found here.
Evolution Weekend: Webcast Video on February 10, 2013
Chicago's Adler Planetarium and the popular internet television studio Darkwood Brew (www.
darkwoodbrew.org) will offer a fully interactive telecast called “Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith”
featuring top theologians and scientists. The program, which will stream in high definition video from
Darkwood Brew's web studio in Omaha, will highlight current theories concerning the evolution of the
universe and the implications they hold for faith in the modern world.
A live chat will be enabled for viewers who choose to enter conversation with others from around the
world or field questions to the guests. Darkwood Brew (www.darkwoodbrew.org) is run out of
Countryside Community Church in Omaha, NE with Clergy Letter Project member, Rev. Eric
Elnes in charge. Programs are broadcast live every Sunday, 6pm EST/5pm CST (rebroadcast with
live chat at 10pm EST/9 CST).
To have your congregation participate, please register with the Clergy Letter Project at www.
The Brain and Reason
For those in the Wesleyan tradition, there are four sources of authority: scripture, tradition, experience
and reason. In the NY Times regular series of essays in philosophy called “The Stone,” a discussion
on the nature of reason was published. The conversation is based on the work of Jonathon Haidt
whose recent book, The Righteous Mind, has stimulated a great deal of discussion. The articles can
be found here, here and here.
Nexus Methodist Church in Bath, England
While searching for science and religion content on the web, I came across a discussion group in
England to share. Nexus Methodist Church (note that it is not a United Methodist Church) has
initiated a Science and Religion Discussion Group. Last September, the program was led by Dr. Mike
Danson, a research biochemist at the University of Bath. On their website, Nexus Methodist has
posted a summary of the program and has made available the Powerpoint slides of Dr. Danson’s
program that can be found here. Their next meeting will be on December 13th at 7:45. If you happen
to be in the area, please take some time and say hello.
Dr. Danson’s academic information can be found here.
Berea College "Science and Faith" Home Page
Though not as up-to-date as many sites on the web, Berea College has posted a “Science and Faith”
home page hosted by Dr. Robert Schneider. Dr. Schneider is a retired professor of general studies and
professor of classical languages. He taught courses in Latin and Greek languages and literatures, and
also general studies courses that explored topics in biblical literature, the history of Christian thought,
the history of science, classical mythology, and contemporary fiction. The site contains a number of
essays under the following headings:
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT CREATION
II. THEOLOGY OF CREATION: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES AND
III. DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SCIENCE?
IV. INTRODUCTION II
BIG BANG AND THE UNIVERSE STORY
V. EVOLUTION FOR CHRISTIANS
VI. HUMAN EVOLUTION AND THE IMAGE OF GOD
VII. INTRODUCTION III
THEOLOGIES OF AN EVOLVING CREATION
VIII. YOUNG EARTH CREATIONISM
These essays are in keeping with the Christian mission of Berea College whose motto is “God has
made of one blood all peoples of the earth.” The essays can be found here.
Online Textbook: Philosophy of Religion by Dr. Phillip Pecorino
Philip Pecorino is professor of philosophy at City University of New York and Queesnborough
Community College. On his personal web site, he has posted a rich assortment of materials including
an e-text book on philosophy of religion. The third chapter is dedicated to a discussion of science and
religion from an historical and an issues perspective. This text can be found here.
In addition, he has posted a number of books that are of interest to those engaged in the science and
religion dialogue. See the links below for each of the texts.
1. Introduction to Philosophy. 2001
2. Philosophy of Religion. 2002
3. Perspectives on Death and Dying 2003
4. Ethics. with Stephen O'Sullivan 2002.
5. Medical Ethics. 2004
6. Computers, Information Technologies, the Internet, Ethics, Society and Human Values 2006
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|October 28, 2012