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    Presentations from the 2012 Science and Faith Conference: "Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?"


    Friday, December 2, 2011


    Scientific Perspectives


    "The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design: Strengths and Limitations” Dr. Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University, and senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Response by Dr. Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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    "Physics, the Nature of Time and Theology,” Dr. Stephen Barr, professor of physics and astronomy, University of Delaware. Response by Dr. Alexander Sich, associate professor of physics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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    Saturday, December 3, 2011


    Philosophical Perspectives


    "Signs of Design from Physics and Astronomy,” Dr. Jay W. Richards, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Response by Mr. Mark Ryland, president and senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Nature.

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    “Natural Theology Must Be Grounded in the Philosophy of Nature, Not Natural Science,” Dr. Edward Feser, associate professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College. Response to Dr. Feser by Dr. Jonathan J. Sanford, associate professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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    Theological Perspectives


    1:45-2:45 p.m.: “Metaphysics, the Natural Sciences, and Creation: The Legacy of Thomas Aquinas,” Dr. William E. Carroll, Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science, Blackfriars, University of Oxford (video and audio unavailable). Response by Dr. Michael Sirilla, associate professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville

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    “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What's a Catholic To Think?” Dr. Benjamin Wiker, senior fellow of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College, senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Response by Dr. John Crosby. professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville

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    Synthesizing Perspectives


    "Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies,” Dr. Alvin Plantinga, Emeritus John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. Response by Dr. John Bergsma, associate professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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