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2019 Day Conference—So. Cal. Christians in Science

Posted By Michael A. Everest, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Call for Papers

What Does it Mean to be a Christian in Science Today?


2019 Southern California Christians in Science

Winter Day Conference


Hosted by the Southern California Christians in Science local chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation


10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Westmont College, Montecito, CA


Plenary Talks and Events:

The Atmosphere of Titan

Jonathan Mitchell, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, UCLA


God or no God: That is the Question

Michael Bowers, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, UCSB


Call for Contributions:

Southern California Christians in Science invites contributed 20-minute talks, posters, and panel discussions. Submissions may address any topic dealing with the intersection between Christianity and science or technology, although sessions on the following topics related to the conference theme are particularly encouraged:


Science and Faith in the Public Square. Contributions should explore interaction of science with public policy and culture within the context of the Christian faith.


Christians in Science within the Secular Environment.  From public universities to corporate culture, talks will explore the opportunities and tensions that Christians experience within secular environments.


New Questions for the New Millennium. As we approach the 3rd decade of the 21st century, what are some questions and issues that Christians in the Sciences are dealing with today that may have not even been considered at the turn of the century? How does a Christian perspective influence how one approaches these questions? 


Equipping Christian leaders for the Future of Science. Contributions from professors, teachers, and other leaders describing experiences particularly suited for use in religiously-affiliated educational institutions ranging from youth ministries to colleges, universities, and seminaries.


Research as preparation for a career in science. Contributions of original scientific research from undergraduate and graduate students will be considered primarily for poster presentations.  The topic does not need to be explicitly based on a science/faith topic but the subject matter should be appropriate for a conference of Christians in the Sciences.


Contributions from scientists and humanities scholars with expertise in science and religion; undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students interested in the exploring the relationship between science and faith; and Christian leaders interested in the role science-faith dialogue plays in the life of the church are encouraged. Submissions should be sent to Tom Ferko of California Baptist University at by Monday December 31st, 2018. More complete details about the submission process and the American Scientific Affiliation are given below:



Instructions for Authors of Contributed Presentations

Submissions for the SCCS Winter Day Conference should be sent to Tom Ferko at California Baptist University at by Monday December 31st, 2018.  Please include ‘SCCS Winter Day Conference Submission’ in the subject line.  Your submission must include:


1) Presenting contributor’s full name, contact information (mail, phone, and email), and, as appropriate, organization and job title.


2) Full names of all co-authors, and if appropriate, their titles and institutions/organizations


3) Preference for a poster, 20-minute oral presentation, or panel discussion.


4) Title and 200-350 word abstract.  All submissions will be evaluated based on their significance, appropriateness for an ASA conference, and intellectual merit.


Authors will be notified of the acceptance status of their papers by Monday, January 7th, 2019.


The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) ( was founded in 1941 as an international network of Christians in the sciences. Members of the ASA are united by a belief in orthodox Christianity, as defined by the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and a commitment to excellence in science. The ASA is not an advocacy organization. Where there is honest disagreement on an aspect of science, Christian faith, or the relationship between the two, the ASA strives to create a safe environment in which dialogue can flourish and diverse, even contrasting, ideas can be discussed with courtesy and respect.

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