The Father, The Son, and Darwin’s Ghost – Adam and David VanArsdale

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Monday, Mar 20, 2017, 12:00 am

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

More than 150 years after Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species, evolutionary theory, and particularly its application to humans, remains a polarizing public topic. Even as the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence of human evolution becomes more prevalent and more accessible to the lay public, resistance to human evolution remains entrenched. The problem is two-sided, in that resistance to scientific perspectives are coupled with hostile voices within the scientific community towards faith-based perspectives. What can we learn from the Bible and Biblical Scholars? How do we make sense out of the scientific literature and what religious people are saying about science? What are scientists and religious leaders saying about evolution? Do we have to make a choice between believing in science and believing in our faith? Adam VanArsdale, PhD, is the Jaan Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Wellesley College. Adam has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. At Wellesley, Adam has taught courses on human evolution, genetics, race, and health and society. In 2012 Adam developed Wellesley’s first MOOC in conjunction with EdX (Wellesley 207x, “Introduction to Human Evolution”), which has reached more than 30,000 learners from across the world. David VanArsdale, D. Min., a retired Presbyterian pastor, has more than 40 years of ministerial experience, having served congregations in Massachusetts, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona. He is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Come one, come all and let’s wrestle with the current news and challenging issues of science and religion.


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