Calvin College Initiative for the Study of Christianity and Science
Grand Rapids, Michigan
The long-term goal of this initiative is to launch two fairly specific investigative team efforts each year, intended to move from an initial, Calvin-based formal discussion group through a number of expanding stages and on to a broader dissemination of results. The two themes planned are the role of hermeneutics in shaping scientific investigation and the concept of nature: what is natural? what is “unnatural”? The group provides space for broad, interpretive analysis of science involving issues in the relation of religion and science, the question of normativity, the status of humans, concepts of nature and more. The initial study group consists of members of Calvin’s departments of chemistry, philosophy, biology, geology, mathematics, engineering, and astronomy. At least twice yearly, established scholars are invited to dialogue and share their work with the study groups and to provide public lectures. The group also initiates e-discussions, hosts a webpage, presents at professional conferences, and publishes in appropriate venues. The Initiative addresses and serves various audiences, sponsors conferences, lectures, seminars and workshops to share the work already accomplished. Matching funds are provided by Calvin College.