I have been weaseling out of my apologetics posting this week, and this is my last chance to get something good up so I can make it onto Brian Auten’s weekly apologetics bonus links at Apologetics 315, the best Christian apologetics site ever.
So I am posting SEVEN video clips from a recent Biola University conference on theistic evolution. (H/T Mysterious Jonathan)
Can you believe in God and Darwinian evolution at the same time? Scientists and scholars have an answer that may surprise the audience as they explore this and related questions at the God & Evolution conference on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
The conference will focus on the conflict between neo-Darwinism and traditional theological views of Protestants, Catholics and Jews.
What is “theistic” evolution, and how consistent is it with traditional theism?
What challenges does Darwin’s theory pose for Protestants, Catholics, and Jews?
Is it “anti-science” to question Darwinian Theory?
These questions and more will be addressed at the one-day conference by Marvin Olasky, editor of World magazine, biologist Jonathan Wells, political scientist John West, philosopher Jay Richards, attorney and science writer Casey Luskin and authors David Klinghoffer and Denyse O’Leary.
In the century and a half since Charles Darwin first proposed his theory of evolution, Christians, Jews, and other religious believers have grappled with how to make sense of it. Most have understood that Darwin’s theory has profound theological implications, but responses have varied dramatically.
Some believers have rejected it outright; others, including “theistic evolutionists” such as Francis Collins and Karl Giberson, have sought to reconcile Darwin’s theory with their religious beliefs, often at the cost of clarity, orthodoxy, or both. As a result, the whole subject of God and evolution is a source of confusion for many believers.
Join us for this one-day seminar, featuring contributors to the new book, God and Evolution, exploring these issues and offering a wide-ranging critique of those who seek to reconcile materialistic theories such as Darwinism with belief in God.
Clip 1 of 7: Jay W. Richards: The Central Issues (34 minutes)
Clip 2 of 7: John G. West: Three Big Questions (22 minutes)
Clip 3 of 7: Casey Luskin: Why the New Atheists Won’t Be Appeased (21 minutes)
Clip 4 of 7: Denyse O’Leary: Catholics & Evolution (29 minutes)
Clip 5 of 7: David Klinghoffer: Judaism & Evolution (17 minutes)
Clip 6 of 7: Jonathan Wells: Science and Theistic Evolution (26 minutes)
Clip 7 of 7: Panel Discussion with Marvin Olasky (99 minutes)
So it looks like there are 2 Catholics (Richards, O’Leary), 2 Jews (Luskin, Klinghoffer), 2 Protestants (West, Olasky) and 1 “Other” (Wells) in that list. It’s a diverse group.