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Faith and Science Conversation 2020

  • Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Faith & Science: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta 

9 a.m.-noon 
Saturday, April 18

Village Church on Mission - Friendship Hall

8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast in Friendship Hall
9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction

First Presentation: 
The Cosmic Temple: The Genesis of Faith and Science
The first creation account of the Bible is considered the Bible's most "naturalistic" description of creation. While not a scientific text, Genesis 1 acknowledges the natural world as a primary source of wisdom in the living of these days and offers hope in a time of cultural and ecological disruption.

10:00 a.m. - Moderated Q&A
10:15 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - Second Presentation:
From Wound to Wonder: Job's Baptism into Deep Ecology
While Job faces his own "existential threat," God takes Job on a journey into the mysterious depths of creation, tranforming him with new awareness on how to live his life in the face of uncertainty. Job's transformation is the kind of transformation the church needs today in the face of climate disruption.

11:30 a.m. - Moderated Q&A
11:45 a.m. -  Noon: Closure

*There is no charge to attend the event.

Child care is only available by reservation to or by calling 913-671-2352. Child care reservations are due by April 3, 2020.


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William P. Brown is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  His teaching and writings explore the intersecting issues of creation, ecology, and justice from biblical perspectives.  He is the author of A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis (WJK), Wisdom’s Wonder (Eerdmans), The Seven Pillars of Creation (OUP), and Seeing the Psalms (WJK), as well as editor of Engaging Biblical Authority (WJK).  Bill was recently a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton (, where he worked collaboratively with scientists, philosophers, and ethicists exploring the “societal implications of astrobiology.”  He is currently working on a major commentary on the Psalms.  Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and was a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care that is now part of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL).  Gail and Bill are active at North Decatur Presbyterian Church and have two grown daughters, Ella and Hannah. 

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