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Dr. David Winyard, "The Life and Legacy of Robert Boyle" and Dr. Scott Dyer, "Parallels of Christian Ethic with Environmental Science and Stewardship"

When: 3/17/2018
10:00 AM
Where: Mt. Vernon Nazarene University
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Contact: Dana Oleskiewicz
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Dr. David Winyard, Mount Vernon Nazarene University "The Life and Legacy of Robert Boyle"

Abstract:  Robert Boyle is best known as a major figure in the launch of the scientific revolution. He was also, with others, a father of modern chemistry. As a committed Christian, Boyle pursued natural philosophy in order to expose the wonders of creation and glorify God. Recent scholarship suggests that Boyle's legacy is broader than previously thought, going beyond experimental science to encompass the way contemporary society is organized.


Dr. Scott Dyer, The Proctor & Gamble Company "Parallels of the Christian Ethic with Environmental Science and Stewardship"

Abstract:  Scott Dyer became a Christian in his late teens.  In college, he entered the field of environmental science, specifically environmental toxicology.  Toxicology is the study of poisons.  The Christian faith is often a struggle against the effects of sin, i.e., a different kind of poison.  The parallels between factors toxic to the faith (selfishness, lack of loving our neighbors as ourselves) and how people affect the environment could be summed up as “what ought to be” vs. “what is”.  Classic environmental conflicts told in stories such as “The Tragedy of the Commons” and “Silent Spring” illustrates the conundrum of people’s role in environmental stewardship.  The Christian ethic provides a solid foundation for loving our neighbors by taking care of the environment.  Scott’s unique position of being a Christian environmental scientist working in industry but collaborating with diverse stakeholders provides the backdrop for many stories that bring faith, ethics and science together.