A series of public lectures by Ian Hutchinson will be held from January 23 to 25 at UBC, TWU, and SFU.
BIO:Ian Hutchinson is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He and his research group are international leaders exploring the confinement of plasmas hotter than the sun’s centre aimed at producing practical energy for society from controlled nuclear fusion reactions, the power source of the stars. He is an active Christian and has written and spoken widely to university and church audiences on the topic of science and Christianity. His 2011 book Monopolizing Knowledge explores how the error of scientism feeds today’s culture wars.
ABSTRACT:The widespread error of scientism — the belief that science is all the real knowledge there is — is responsible for much of the modern suspicion of science; and it underlies the militant atheist arguments against religion. MIT professor, Ian Hutchinson, shows how scientism is an impoverished view of knowledge and the primary cause of the culture wars. Rejecting scientism enables a principled intellectual reconciliation of science with religious faith, and with other academic disciplines.
SCHEDULE:(buildings & rooms TBA)
- UBC: Wednesday 23 January 2013, 4pm (more info)
- TWU: Thursday 24 January 2013, 7:30pm**
- SFU: Friday 25 January 2013, 12:30pm
**At TWU, Dr. Hutchinson will also lead a faculty discussion (for which students & the public are welcome as well), from 1:10-2:25pm, as follows:
Title:"Faith, Evidence, and Reason”
Respondents:Myron Penner (TWU, philosophy), Jens Zimmerman (TWU, English), Christopher Morrissey (Redeemer Pacific, philosophy)
Religious believers have faith. Today’s anti-theists often portray faith as the antonym of evidentiary belief, and criticize believers as unthinking "faith-heads”. How much truth is there in that portrayal? What sorts of reasons or evidence do we have for the Christian faith? For example, to what extent do we have scientific evidence for Christianity? What is faith, and how does it fit with evidence and reason? A brief talk will set forth some of these questions, and suggest some fruitful directions where answers can be found.
Please use the following linked Facebook event pages to join and share with your friends: UBC, TWU afternoon, TWU evening, SFU.
**The TWU events are co-sponsored by the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation, the Vancouver Area Science & Religion Forum, Trinity Western University, and the Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture.