Posted by: gcarkner | October 30, 2012

Faraday Film & Faculty Panel

Faraday Institute Film & Faculty Panel on Biological Origins

Wednesday, November 14 @ 4:00 p.m, Woodward IRC Room 5 (UBC Gate One)

Reading Material: Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies

UBC Regent & TWU Live Panelists (moderator Martin Barlow)

  • Bart van der Kamp, Professor Emeritus and Former Head of Forestry, UBC
  • Iain Provan, Professor of Ancient Hebrew Literature, Regent College
  • Judith Toronchuk,  retired Professor Biopsychology, Trinity Western University 

Distinguished Participant in the Faraday Institute Film on Origins and Evolution

Many have been guests of the GFCF in past years

  • Sir John Polkinghorne, former top Mathematical Physicist, former President of Queens’ College, Cambridge, and a World Authority on the Science and Religion Discourse
  •  Katherine Blundell, Astrophysicist, Oxford University
  •  William Dembski, American Mathematician and Philosopher, Proponent of Intelligent Design
  •  Simon Conway Morris, Palaeobiologist, Cambridge University.
  •  Sir John Houghton, Climate Scientist, Former Chair of the Scientific Assessment Panel of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Alister McGrath, Theologian of Science & Religion, King’s College, London
  • Ard Louis, Biophysicist, Oxford University
  • Denis Alexander, Director or the Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, Cambridge University and Former Cancer Researcher.
  • Francis Collins, Former Director, Human Genome Research, now the Director of the National Institute of Health, Maryland.

Questions Discussed in Film

  • What is the explanatory power of evolution theory? What does it fail to explain?
  • What are we to think of Intelligent Design Theory and irreducible complexity?
  • Is evolution compatible with belief in a God or does it eliminate need for God?
  • Is evolution at all compatible with the biblical account of origins in Genesis?
  • Can we apply evolution theory to human morality?
  • What are we to make of the misuse of evolutionary theory in eugenics?
  • What about the dark side of evolution–its waste, destruction, elimination?
  • Should evolution ever be taken as a philosophy of life?
  • What is our human responsibility to be stewards of our blue-green planet?


Also posted on Facebook event page at   and a CSCA event listing at
Co-sponsored by UBC’s GFCF (Graduate & Faculty Christian Fellowship) and the Vancouver Area Science & Religion Forum, Canadian Science & Christian Affiliation.
Further Graduate Student Dialogue


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