Program to explore science and religion
September 10, 2013 10:45 AM

Calvary Presbyterian Church invites the community to the free weekend program “Science and Religion: Who Is God?” on Saturday and Sunday in the church’s sanctuary, Seventh and Church streets.

The Rev. Dr. John P. Burgess, the James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will lead this weekend of exploration. Burgess will examine some of the answers theologians have suggested to the questions science has raised for faith and explain how science, rather than threatening Christian faith, can actually deepen it.

The program begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with registration, coffee and doughnuts. At 10:30 a.m., Burgess will present “Who Is God for Us Today?” followed by a free lunch at noon.

Saturday afternoon’s session starts at 1:30 p.m. with “How Science Can Deepen Christian Faith.”

On Sunday, Burgess continues to be Calvary’s guest, presenting the 9:30 a.m. class “A Theocentric Faith.” He will give the sermon “The God in Whom we Trust” during the 11 a.m. service.

Burgess did his Ph.D. work under James M. Gustafson, a pre-eminent Christian ethicist who wrote extensively on science and religion. Burgess is the editor of “In Whose Image?,” a collection of essays by theologians and scientists. He regularly teaches a course called “Who Is God?”.

All presentations are free and open to the public, but reservations for Saturday’s lunch must be made by Thursday at noon by calling the church office at (724) 463-9197. This weekend of exploration is supported by a “Scientists in Congregations” grant to Calvary Presbyterian Church from the John Templeton Foundation.

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