CSCA/ASA/CiS 2014 Conference

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The annual meeting of the ASA, held July 25-28, 2014, is being combined with the CSCA and CiS and held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The theme for the conference is:

“From Cosmos to Psyche: All Things Hold Together in Christ”

This makes use of the historic motto for McMaster, from Colossians 1:17.

  • Program chair: Robert Mann, University of Waterloo.
  • Local arrangements chair: Bob Geddes
  • Plenary speakers:
    • Megan Best, bioethicist and palliative care doctor, Sydney, Australia; author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
      • “Brave New World” (Friday evening lecture open to the public)
    • Alasdair Coles, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Cambridge University; curate, St. Andrews Church, Cambridge
      • “Brain, Soul and Psyche: Embodied and in Christ”
    • Barth Netterfield, observational cosmologist, Department of Astronomy, University of Toronto
      • “Astrophysics: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”
    • Jeffrey Schloss, senior scholar, BioLogos; director, Westmont Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences at Westmont College
      • “Evolution, Moral Cognition, and the question of Human Exceptionalism”
    • Don Page, theoretical physicist, University of Alberta
      • “The Optimal Argument for the Existence of God”

CSCA/ASA/CiS 2014 Conference Theme

A Message from Program Chair Robert Mann

“All things hold together in Christ” is a phrase that speaks to the integration of God’s love, justice, and intelligibility in the person of Jesus. At this annual meeting, we want to explore how the various scientific disciplines hold together with both scientific and theological integrity. Our goal at this annual meeting is to explore this across the breadth of the sciences, from cosmos to psyche.

Our topical areas for parallel oral sessions are as follows:

  • Physical Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy – Chair: Colin Humphreys
    • Exploring the latest results in the relationship between the physical sciences and Christian theology.
  • Life Sciences: Biology, Medicine, Bioethics – Chair: Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly
    • Going beyond the traditional creation/evolution dialogue to examine how current research informs and is informed by Christian faith.
  • Mind Sciences: Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry – Chair: Heather Looy
    • How do these sciences enable us to understand the renewal of our minds with the mind of Christ?
  • Environmental Sciences: Ecology, Geology, Meteorology/Climate – Chair: Don Morton
    • What are appropriate ways for these disciplines to facilitate our roles as stewards of the earth?
  • Christian Women in Science and Engineering – Chair: Gayle Ermer
    • Considering methods for increasing the participation of Christian women in STEM fields and that describe means by which that participation benefits society and brings glory to God.
  • Emergence: Information Theory, Complexity, Theology – Chair: Arnold Sikkema
    • Bringing together the broad range of scientific disciplines to understand how higher-level phenomena emerge.
  • Science and Technology in Service of the Poor – Chair: Michael Clifford
    • Appropriate technology and economic development; health and medical care in developing countries; response to natural disasters.
  • Science & Theology

View our detailed conference brochure.

The detailed conference schedule is now available!

Overlapping satellite conference: Academy Regained on Monday 28 July, beginning with a morning session at McMaster and continuing with afternoon & evening sessions at nearby Redeemer University College (ending at 8:30pm).

All day Friday workshops by John Walton (“Origins Today: Genesis through Ancient Eyes”) and Steve Freedland (“Progress and Challenges in Understanding Life’s Origins”). Fees paid via conference registration.

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  1. This looks exciting and I would love to go, how can I sign up?

    1. Hi Barbara. We look forward to meeting you at the conference! To sign up, follow the link above where it says “Registration is now open.”

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