The STEAM Lecture Series at OSU

Science and faith.  Are they really as mutually exclusive as they’ve been made out to be?  We don’t think so.  Science seeks merely a description of the world we live in, while faith asks why.  They can work hand in hand to answer some of the biggest challenges and questions facing us today.  Questions of our future, of our past, of ourselves.  We want to bring faith back into those conversations.  What you find might surprise you—join us for the ride.

Here is a list of the lectures we have planned.   Details for future events are tentative.

March 2017
The Future of Work:  Technological Innovation, Economic Disruption, and Human Dignity

How can multiple disciplines—including business, economics, political science, and theology—work in concert to mitigate the economic and social disruption of technological innovations in the workplace?  How might such innovations affect the national economy and the livelihoods and dignity of the American worker?

October 2017
What is Love?

We’re all familiar with love—our culture is saturated with references to it.  But what is it exactly?  Is it just a matter of the mind?  Is it nature’s clever way of promoting selfish interests? Is there anything transcendent about it?  A geneticist, psychologist, philosopher, and theologian on how they define love, how it’s more than a feeling, and how the difficult work of loving others is realized.

Spring 2018
More Things in Heaven and Earth:  The Uses and Limitations of Science

What can science tell us?  What can it not tell us?  What assumptions of modern science exist that make it antagonistic toward belief at times? How have these assumptions in science shifted throughout history?  What good can science bring? How has/can science been abused?  What value, if any, can theology add to science in understanding the world?

Fall 2018
What is Morality?

How have scientific developments in evolutionary theory and neuroscience shaped our conception of ‘good’ and ‘evil’? Do those terms have any meaningful use anymore? In other words, does the concept of sin carry any weight?  What does it mean to be made ‘in the image of God’?  How do we understand the imago dei [image of God] in light of an evolutionary paradigm? Has the church’s stance on this changed in any way in response to scientific developments?