Science and Faith Conversation with Dr. Sy Garte
Topic: Science and Faith Conversation with Sy Garte
Time: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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My journey to faith in Jesus Christ was a long one, because of where I started from. My parents had been members of the American Communist Party and were fierce, militant atheists as I was. I studied chemistry and biochemistry and found myself strongly moved by the enormous complexity and beauty of living cells. I also began reading physics and my strict materialism was shaken by the realities of quantum mechanics and the nature of light. If space can bend, time can slow down and wave functions collapse upon observation, then how valid could a deterministic view of nature be?
I also had a deep-seated conviction that people were remarkably special, that human life was not simply a blind accident without purpose. These cracks in my original worldview from my scientific understanding made me open to other, more spiritual ways of viewing reality. I accompanied a friend to church and was surprised at the beauty and power of the service, which was all about love. I read the Gospels and found them inspiring and the Book of Acts read like real history.
Then, over the course of a few years, the Holy Spirit had mercy on me, and showed me the truth of Jesus Christ in a way that was totally undeniable. I describe these events in detail in my book.
Sy (Seymour) Garte, PhD in biochemistry, has been a tenured professor at New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pittsburgh, division Director at the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health and interim vice president for research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is currently visiting professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University. He has published over two hundred peer reviewed scientific papers and four books.
Dr. Garte is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) and serves as vice president for the Washington, DC, metro chapter of the ASA. He was a member of the board of advisors of the John Templeton Foundation and the board of directors of WesleyNexus, and has consulted and blogged for the BioLogos Foundation. He has published articles in Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith and elsewhere and is the editor-in-chief of God and Nature. Dr. Garte has given presentations on the intersection of biochemistry, evolution, and theology at several conferences devoted to science and Christianity. Dr. Garte became a Christian later in life and is now the lay leader of the United Methodist Church in Rockville, MD, and a lay delegate to the Baltimore-Washington annual conference of the United Methodist Church.