Alister McGrath to speak in DC

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Date: Fri Sep 12 2003 - 08:19:24 EDT

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    The C.S. Lewis Institute invites you to attend its next conference
    featuring, Dr. Alister McGrath who will be lecturing on Christian Faith &
    Natural Sciences: Friends or Foes? More information is below, but if you
    visit the Institute's website, you can also register on-line:

    Thank you!


    Christian Faith & Natural Sciences:
    Friends or Foes?

    Dr. Alister McGrath
    Professor of Historical Theology,
    Oxford University
    Principal, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

    OCTOBER 3-4, 2003
    115 E. Fairfax Street o Falls Church, VA

    These lectures explore the relation between biblical faith and the natural
    sciences. They will be of compelling interest both to believers wanting to
    explore how the natural sciences fit into their understanding of the world
    and also to any scientists wishing to link their work with their faith. The
    lectures will deal with some of the great debates of the past and present,
    including whether the natural sciences are necessarily atheistic, as argued
    by Richard Dawkins and others. Although these lectures are rigorously
    grounded in scholarship, they will be presented in a highly accessible form,
    suitable for a wide audience.

    We will explore the pivotal role of a Christian doctrine of creation for
    making sense of the world, and understanding the role of the natural
    sciences. We will then move on to look at the place of "proof" and "faith"
    in both the natural sciences and biblical faith, before turning to the
    question of whether God has a place in a modern scientific world. Finally,
    we will turn to explore one of the most fascinating aspects of the
    interaction of science and belief-the new sense of appreciation of the
    natural world that the biblical faith encourages.

    - Gain a greater understanding of the relationship between biblical faith
    and the natural sciences.
    - Learn the historical development of views on matters of faith as they
    relate to science.
    - Grow deeper in your faith in Christ and in your appreciation for the
    world he has made.

    Advance registration is $45/person. Registration at the door, if available,
    is $50/person.

    Audio Tapes & CDs of the Christian Faith & Natural Sciences: Friends or
    Foes? series may be ordered following the conference through the website, or
    by phone or fax. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2003
    6:30-7:30 PM Registration & Bookstore
    7:30-8:30 PM Why Can We Make Sense of the World?

    8:30-9:00 PM Break
    9:00-9:45 PM Faith and Proof in Science and Religion

    8:30-9:00 AM Coffee & Bookstore
    9:00-10:00 AM Have the Natural Sciences Eliminated Belief in God?
    10:00-10:30 AM Break
    10:30-11:30 AM Science, Faith, and the Sense of Wonder at Nature
    11:30 AM-12:00 PM Q&A Session

    DIRECTIONS to The Falls Church (Episcopal)
    115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, Virginia
    o From the Capital Beltway (I-495) take Exit 50B, Route 50 going east.
    Drive approximately 2.4 miles to the traffic light at the intersection of
    Annandale Road, and turn LEFT. At the second traffic light turn RIGHT on E.
    Fairfax Street. The church is on the LEFT.
    o For additional help with directions and parking, visit the church's
    website at

    A list of area hotels is available via the Institute's website:

    Alister McGrath is professor of historical theology at Oxford University,
    principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; and director of the John Templeton
    Oxford Seminars in Science and Christianity. His most recent writing in this
    field is the three-volumed work A Scientific Theology (Eerdmans), published
    over recent years. The first volume (Nature) appeared in 2001; the second
    (Reality) in 2002; and the third (Theory) in 2003.
    Alister was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on January 23, 1953. He
    studied at the Methodist College, Belfast, majoring in mathematics, physics,
    and chemistry. He was elected to an open major scholarship at Wadham
    College, Oxford University, to study chemistry in October 1971. He gained
    first class honours in chemistry in June 1975, and began research in
    molecular biophysics in the Oxford University Department of Biochemistry.
    During the next three years, he carried out scientific research alongside
    studying for the Oxford University Final Honour School of Theology. In
    December 1977, he was awarded an Oxford D.Phil. for his research in the
    natural sciences, and gained first class honours in Theology in June 1978.
    McGrath then left Oxford to work at Cambridge University, where he held the
    Naden Studentship in Divinity at St. John's College, Cambridge (1978-80). He
    also studied for ordination into the Church of England at Westcott House,
    Cambridge. In September 1980, he was ordained deacon, and began work as a
    curate at St. Leonard's Parish Church, Wollaton, Nottingham, in the English
    east midlands. In 1983, he was appointed lecturer in Christian doctrine and
    ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Oxford University
    Faculty of Theology.
    McGrath was elected University Research Lecturer in Theology at Oxford
    University in 1993, and also served as research professor of theology at
    Regent College, Vancouver, from 1993-9. In 1995, he was elected Principal of
    Wycliffe Hall, and in 1999, was awarded a personal chair in theology at
    Oxford University, with the title of "Professor of Historical Theology." He
    was awarded an Oxford Doctorate of Divinity in 2001 for his research on
    historical and systematic theology.

    C.S. Lewis Institute Staff

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