Must we reject belief in God to accept the findings of science?
Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, hosts this ground-breaking series in which several leading scientists, theologians, and philosophers explore the contrasts and similarities between religion and science. This group of experts considers if and how religion and science might coexist and even complement one another in the 21st century.
- Introduction — Francis S. Collins, Director, The Human Genome Project
- Friends or Foes? The Story of a Complex Relationship — David Wilkinson, St. John’s College, Durham
- Truth in Science and Theology — Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
- God and Nature — Keith Ward, Oxford University
- Creation and Evolution — Darrel Falk, Point Loma Nazarene University
- What Does It Mean to Be Human? — Warren Brown, Fuller Theological Seminary
- The God of Hope and the End of the World — John Polkinghorne, Cambridge University
- Genetic Science and the Frontiers of Ethics — Ted Peters, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminar
2.0 CEUs are available.
Number of weeks: 8
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies)
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Past Students Said…
“This was a super-good course. The lecturers do a wonderful job of explaining difficult concepts. The Biblical material was usually on point and useful. I enjoyed the written materials outlining each week’s issues. Many thanks to Dr. Collins, the lecturers, and the facilitators.”
“I enjoyed the videos. The questions are thought provoking and forced me to think outside my comfort zone.”
“I really appreciated all of the components of this course. My favorite lessons though were the last one on creation and the one on ‘what does it mean to be human’. I got the most of of the one on being human because of my personal experience with brain injury, and I felt most convicted after the lesson on creation. But I also feel that the lesson on Creation Care was the perfect ending to this course.”
“I think the facilitator did a good job of answering the questions but also letting us flesh out some of the more difficult concepts on our own.”
About the Instructor
Scott Gallagher begins his work with the Wesley Academy for Advanced Christian Studies in the fall of 2022. Throughout Scott’s ministry he has led and facilitated seminars and workshops for clergy and laity.
Scott brings with him a wealth of knowledge from years of ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, where he has served and created multi-cultural congregations. Additionally, he has received numerous multidisciplinary certifications over the past 25 years, through which he has applied the connection of spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being to multiple facets of ministry including administration, mission, congregational growth, and leadership excellence. Scott has applied his experience, research, and education in hands-on ways as a certified personal trainer, ministry guide, and even in the construction field. His application of these principles is founded upon the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, whereby all elements and understandings of creation work with Scripture to enable all to achieve fullness of existence.
Scott earned both his D.Min. and M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary.
About the Program Director
Michael Beardslee began working for the Institute for Discipleship and BeADisciple in early 2016, developing and facilitating courses for the new Wesley Lay Academy. This was a natural transition for him: He had been the Institute for Discipleship’s Visiting Scholar Southwestern College, then continued the work he began with BeADisciple.
Michael is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary (intercultural studies), working under Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong. His doctoral research concerns the way Christians from different cultural locations relate to one another in a globalized Christianity. His writing was featured most recently in “Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms” (IVP, 2018), and in the Religion and Theology Journal (Brill, 2017).
In additional to his doctoral studies Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Friends University, an M.A. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. in systematic theology from Trinity International University.