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Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City

Science and Faith Series

October 25, 2014
6:30 pm – refreshments
7:00 pm – presentation

Sodom: Discovery of a Lost City

Steven Collins, PhD
Dean, College of Archaeology, Trinity Southwest University
Director, Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan

Where is the city of Sodom? For over a hundred years explorers and scholars have tried to locate the most infamous city in the history of the world. Beginning in 2001, Dr. Steven Collins began researching the whereabouts of Sodom and Gomorrah. He started with the biblical text and determined the location of Sodom based on geographical clues found in the book of Genesis—an area just NE of the Dead Sea. With a team of top archaeologists and specialists, the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) quickly became one of the largest and most important archaeological digs in the southern Levant. Directed by Dr. Collins, TeHEP is unearthing the largest, most enduring and powerful Bronze Age city-state in the region, replete with a massive destruction layer from the Middle Bronze Age, the time of Abraham. Multiple lines of evidence now confirm that Tall el-Hammam is, in fact, biblical Sodom!

Steven Collins is one of the world’s foremost biblical archaeologists. He has been researching and lecturing in the field of Near Eastern archeology and biblical studies for more than 30 years. His background as a field archaeologist and Bible scholar gives him a commanding grasp of the issues involved in researching the historical accuracy of the biblical record from both the historical and scientific perspectives.

The Future Is Calling Us To Greatness

may 10 science faith

Science and Faith…a continuing series

Science and Faith series
May 10, 2014
6:30 pm – refreshments
7:00 pm – presentation
Free admission
The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness
Science and religion are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if we are to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called The Great Reckoning. A worldwide movement has been emerging for decades, largely unnoticed, at the nexus of science, inspiration, and sustainability. What unites us is a pool of common values, priorities, and commitments regarding the importance of ensuring a just and thriving future for humanity and the larger body of life.

Rev. Michael Dowd is one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to more than 1,800 groups since launching their itinerant ministry in 2002. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover magazine, and on CNN, Fox News, and ABC News

Science & Faith…a continuing series

Science and Faith
May 10, 2014
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque

  • 5:30 pm – refreshments
  • 6:00 pm – presentation
  • Free admission

The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness

Science and religion are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if we are to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth’s climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called The Great Reckoning. A worldwide movement has been emerging for decades, largely unnoticed, at the nexus of science, inspiration, and sustainability. What unites us is a pool of common values, priorities, and commitments regarding the importance of ensuring a just and thriving future for humanity and the larger body of life.

Rev. Michael Dowd is one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to more than 1,800 groups since launching their itinerant ministry in 2002. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover magazine, and on CNN, Fox News, and ABC News

Quantum Change Saturday night, April 12

science & faith

Science & Faith…a continuing series

Saturday, April 12, 6:30 pm

Quantum Change:  When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives

Abstract:  Sudden mystical transformation of personality is found in popular culture, such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life.  It is also reported in religious traditions as well as biography and autobiography.  Dr. Miller set out to find and interview people who had had such experiences, and discovered that they are far more common than one might imagine.  Drawing on fifty-five in-depth interviews and many more from correspondence, he will describe the common nature, antecedents, and consequences of such sudden and permanent life transformations, and their implications for the rest of us.

Speaker:  William R. Miller, Ph.D. is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.  An ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon, he has been broadly interested in the psychology of change and the interface of spirituality and psychology.  He has published over 40 books and 400 articles and chapters focusing in particular on the treatment and prevention of addictions.  The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.

Tonight 6:30 pm

Science & Faith

Science and Faith…a continuing series

Coming in March

Galileo – History, Science and Faith
Christopher J. Corbally, SJ
Vatican Observatory

Was Galileo a hero battling clerical obscurantism? What is a true relationship between faith and science? Let’s explore this old, yet ever new universe of ideas!

Father Corbally is a Jesuit priest and an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory Research Group, for which he has served as Vice Director and liaison to its headquarters at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He is an Adjunct Associate Astronomer at the Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, and ministers to a wide variety of Catholics, including Native Americans, in Tucson, Arizona. He earned his doctorate in Astronomy at the University of Toronto in 1983. Father Corbally is a co-founder of The Human Sentience Project and also an active member and past-president of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale.

Moving Beyond Monkey Business

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Are we alone in the universe?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

You are invited to a Science and Faith lecture with
Fr. Paul Gabor

“Are we alone in the Universe? Astrobiology in Search of an Answer to an Ancient Question”

The talk will present an overview of Life in the Universe, with an emphasis on exoplanetology, as well as some remarks on the philosophical and theological implications of cosmic pluralism.

Before joining the Jesuits, Fr Paul Gabor, S.J., Ph.D., studied particle physics, mainly in instrumentation, participating in the development of the ATLAS detector for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He has been with the Vatican Observatory since 2010, and moved to Tucson in January 2011, teaching philosophy and history of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory heading its Research Group in Tucson.

  • 6:30 pm – light refreshments
  • 7:00 pm – presentation by Dr. Gabor.
  • 8:00 pm – questions for the speaker

Free admission