Event Title

The Many Tongues of the Scientific Disciplines: A Pentecostal Reformation of Creation Theology

Location

Demaray 255

Keywords

Day of Common Learning

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A Gallup Poll conducted in May 2017 asked people to state their views on the origin and development of human beings, as it has since 1981. The number of people responding “God guided the process” rose sharply since the previous poll in 2014. For the first time, equal numbers of people answered “God guided” as answered “God created humans in their present form.” This session will suggest that this represents part of a cultural shift in evangelical views of science, extending even to recent worship songs. Dr. McFarland will analyze the Gallup Poll data and discuss how they fit with the Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong’s views on the activity of the Holy Spirit in the story of creation. Yong outlines a robust theology of creation, arguing that the Spirit “guided the process.” Yong’s views provide a way to reconcile science to faith, and scientific discipline to scientific discipline.

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Oct 18th, 1:00 PM

The Many Tongues of the Scientific Disciplines: A Pentecostal Reformation of Creation Theology

Demaray 255

A Gallup Poll conducted in May 2017 asked people to state their views on the origin and development of human beings, as it has since 1981. The number of people responding “God guided the process” rose sharply since the previous poll in 2014. For the first time, equal numbers of people answered “God guided” as answered “God created humans in their present form.” This session will suggest that this represents part of a cultural shift in evangelical views of science, extending even to recent worship songs. Dr. McFarland will analyze the Gallup Poll data and discuss how they fit with the Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong’s views on the activity of the Holy Spirit in the story of creation. Yong outlines a robust theology of creation, arguing that the Spirit “guided the process.” Yong’s views provide a way to reconcile science to faith, and scientific discipline to scientific discipline.