Join us for Look at Life, an exciting Conference where faith and science meet | April 25-27

“Seeing the world with two eyes—having binocular vision—enables me to understand more than I could with either eye on its own.” - John Polkinghorne

Looking at life through both science and the "eyes of your heart"*

If you care about faith and science, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find a meeting of minds...new ideas...and new friends.

Many people think of faith and science in terms of conflict. Creation versus evolution comes to mind. But can we work through these conflicts to reach a deeper understanding—of each other and of God’s Word?

On this site, we also want to talk about newer issues that summon our best, most faithful thinking. Soon, when you visit here you’ll be able to learn about and discuss topics such as cloning and gene editing; artificial intelligence; climate change; finding life on other planets; peacemaking in an age of killer robots; and more.

If you’re interested in these sorts of faith-and-science issues, then please consider coming to our conference in April (see below).  We’d love to meet you, in person!

Finally, we could use your help. Not your money, but your ideas. Please tell us the topics that interest you most, and anything else you think we should know.

*Ephesians 1:18: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which God has called you…”

Featured Event

Look at Life Conference | April 25-27, 2019

Look at Life

Here's an Event You Won’t Want to Miss

We live in an age of science. We live in the presence of God.

At this Conference, we want to bring both together—the facts of science, the truth of faith. And we really want you to join us!

Here you’ll meet experts. But you don’t need to be an expert to come. We’re not looking at anyone’s report card. Instead, we’re looking at life—through eyes of both faith and science.

If you like to learn and talk about amazing things, you’ll be among friends.

Students, pastors, teachers, believers, questioners, others—lend us your ears. And if you like, offer us your voice.

Please sign up now (spaces limited).

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Excellent Opportunity
for Continuing Education

"Look at Life" will take place at
Bethany Theological Seminary
615 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana

Conference Topics Include

Start of the Universe

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • “Fine-Tuning” Arguments for God’s Existence
  • Finding Life on Other Planets

Start of Life on Earth

  • Life and Death in Genesis and Romans
  • The Meaning of bara' or create in the Bible
  • Is Evolution Compatible with Christian Faith?

Starting Out Today

  • Epigenetics: How Experiences (Not Just DNA) of Parents and Grandparents Get Passed On
  • The Perfect Human? The Promises and Perils of Human Genome Editing

Conference Speakers

John Walton is a renowned teacher and speaker on the Old Testament.  An author of nearly 30 books and professor at Wheaton College, he is best known for his “Lost World” series, which give a completely new (but also ancient) understanding of creation in Genesis.

Katie Miller-Wolf is a scientist who explores ancient Mayan culture through archaeology and osteology (study of bone structures).   A professor at Indiana University-East, she’ll speak on “how scientists date stuff,” using examples and actual specimens.

Isaac Wilhelm is a philosopher and mathematician who teaches courses at Rutgers University, where he is also a doctoral candidate.  His talk will focus on the Big Bang theory and arguments for God’s existence.

Emi Smith is a scientist and professor at Earlham College who does DNA research.  She loves explaining and discussing epigenetics and CRISPR (the new genome editing technology).  She’ll be speaking on: “The perfect baby? The promises and perils of genome editing.”

Craig Story is professor of biology at Gordon College who expertise includes discussing evolution and creation with Christian pastors.  He has worked on the Biologos project and is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in the sciences established in 1941.

Wes Tobin is a scientist and professor at Indiana University-East who teaches both physics and astronomy.  He will be reporting on recent breakthroughs in the search for life on other planets—microbes, intelligent aliens, and beings in between.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 25

  • 3:00-4:00 PM Reception
  • 4:00 Welcome and Invocation
  • 4:30 The Big Bang, Fine Tuning, and the Existence of God
  • 5:20 Break
  • 5:30 Looking for Life on Other Planets
  • 6:20 Dinner
  • 7:40 Small Group Meetings
  • 8:50 Evening Prayer

Friday, April 26

  • 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45 Morning Prayer
  • 9:00 How Faith and Science Relate: History and Today
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 The Tree of Life, Biologically Speaking: A Brief History with Updates
  • 11:15 Break  
  • 11:30 From Tree Rings to Microwaves: How Scientists Date Stuff
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 Small Group Meetings
  • 2:30 Optional Nature Walk
    Optional Museum Visit
  • 4:15 The Perfect Human?  The Promises and Perils of Human Genome Editing
  • 5:15 Dinner
  • 6:30 The Lost World of Genesis 1
  • 7:45 Break
  • 8:00 Dialogue with John Walton
  • 8:45 Evening Prayer

Saturday, April 27

  • 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45 Morning Prayer
  • 9:00 The Lost World of Adam and Eve
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Professors Discuss Genesis
  • 11:30 Small Group Meetings
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 Panel Discussion: Pulling Strands Together
  • 2:30 Closing Prayer

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Hotels

To receive special Conference rates at the Holiday Inn ($115), please use the link below or call the hotel.

Holiday Inn of Richmond | (765) 488-1975

Let them know you are coming to the Bethany Seminary “Look at Life” Conference.

For the Hampton Inn of Richmond ($125), call the local hotel at 765-996-5200, ext. 0 and provide the following code: 94479590

Other Events

There IS a free lunch!

 

Join us on these dates for good food and great conversation about faith and science.
Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 5

Childhood stress is a widespread problem. It can have lifelong consequences. Understanding the science of stress can aid parents, teachers, pastors and other care givers in their efforts to help children flourish.

Beth Mechlin will be our lunch speaker. Dr. Mechlin (Ph.D. University of North Carolina) teaches neuroscience and psychology at Earlham College.

This event is open to the public. 11:30-12:45 at the Bethany Seminary, 615 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana.

RSVP here by April 2 to make your free lunch reservation or call 765-983-1800.

Tuesday, April 9

Every family and every church is touched by addiction.

In this important presentation, we’ll learn more about what works, and what doesn’t, for addiction recovery. Also seven specific ways in which pastors and others can help.

Steven Stoller will be our lunch speaker. Dr. Stoller (M.D. Indiana U. School of Medicine, M.A. Bethany Seminary) is Board-certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

This event is open to the public. 11:30-1:00 at the Bethany Seminary, 615 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana.

RSVP here by April 5 to make your free lunch reservation or call 765-983-1800.

Articles

Just a Glass of Water

by Russell Haitch

You sit down at a restaurant and ask for a glass of water.

She brings it over and says: “Careful. This glass contains water from the Last Supper.  Jesus shared some of these water molecules with his disciples.”

Creation and Evolution, Part 1

The Conflict Continues

Nearly 100 years ago, the Scopes Trial exposed a deep rift between fundamentalists and modernists, paving the way for culture wars that persist today.

Among scientists, some big questions seem fairly settled.

Creation and Evolution, Part 2

The Path to Peace?

When David prays, “Create in me a clean heart,” he is not asking God for an angioplasty. The focus of creation here is not physical molecules. This point seems obvious, but its implications for rediscovering Genesis are immense.