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“Word and Fire: Christ, Science, and Creation” with Dr. Paul S Julienne

April 9, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The world known to the sciences spans a vast range of phenomena that often seem strange and unfamiliar compared to the ordinary everyday world in which we live.  Furthermore, many people think that science and Christian faith conflict with one another.  The two talks of this series look at how we might think about these matters holistically using the resources within the Christian tradition.  The first talk, “Word,” will examine some characteristics of contemporary science and look at the similar yet different ways we come to knowledge in the scientific and Christian communities.  The second talk, “Fire,” will look at the classical philosophical/theological notion of creation ex nihilo, drawing especially upon the perspectives of Thomas Aquinas to articulate the relation between God and the world.   The created order in which we participate is a gift where the different knowledge from the sciences and from revelation can cohere and all things hold together in Christ.

Paul S. Julienne is retired from his career as a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and the University of Maryland. He has published over 250 scientific papers involving phenomena in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.  He has a long-standing interest in the interface of science, theology, and philosophy and has developed Sunday school classes bringing an Anglican perspective to these matters.

Join us on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 from 10 am – 3:00 pm. Refreshments and fellowship will begin at 10:00 am with the first lecture beginning around 10:30 am (see full schedule below). Fellowship and tours of the grounds available afterward.

Suggested Donation: $20-25 (lunch included) 

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Saturday Event Schedule:

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Mingle
10:30 or so – Introduction to Davenant House and Davenant Discussions, Introduce Speaker
10:45 – Opening lecture followed by discussion,  Q&A
12:30 – Lunch and continued discussion/fellowship
1:30 – Closing lecture followed by discussion, Q&A, application
3:00 – Thank you, closing comments and invite to next event, followed with optional tour/informal sharing of the vision for Davenant House


April 9, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm