Faith & Science Summer Series: ‘What Makes Us Human?’ Begins June 1

LAF&SF News:

The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is pleased to announce our thirdsummer series starting Wednesday, June 1, continuing on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”

Members of the forum will lead the discussion each week in June and July. On July 13-14, Justin Barrett of the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology will visit and give two keynote lectures and have a chance to meet with members of the community. Our hope is that these lectures and discussions will be interesting and accessible to all members of the community interested in faith and science, no matter what religion or scientific background. Talks will be aimed at a general audience.

The summer series begins June 1 and continues every Wednesday through the end of July at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided at 6 pm, with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m. Justin Barrett will visit in mid July and give presentations at 7 p.m. the evenings of July 13-14 at Church of Christ. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 1: Human Animalism: To be human is to be an animal

Our understanding of our animal nature has grown rapidly over the last few centuries and is advancing even more so today. Genetic findings have shown us how closely we are related to other species. Studies in neuroscience point to the many similarities humans and animals share with regard to emotions and behaviors. The question as to what extent do our similarities extend is explored in the first presentation: “The Science of Our Animal Nature”. Theological confirmation of our biological status as part of the animal kingdom is found in Genesis: Humans and animals have common origins, ways of coming into being, and animation (breath of life). It’s no surprise our physiology and some behaviors are also similar.

About our presenters:

Los Alamos Veterinarian Bob Fuselier’s science journey developed from his interest in nature exploring the bayous and wetlands around his home into a career as a veterinarian. That career includes work as a large animal veterinarian, public health and environmental work at a Honduran orphanage, microvascular research, and small animal medicine and surgery. His faith journey has its roots in the Catholic Church. The two journeys first crossed paths at a Catholic high school run by Christian Brothers, where he learned to question both his spiritual self and the world around him. Today, science and faith continue their interplay in his life as he seeks to understand man’s propensity for violence through scriptures, anthropology, and neuroscience.

David Elton has served the United Church as Senior Pastor since 2011. Elton grew up in Dallas, Texas, and is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister who has also served churches in Venice, Florida and College Station, Texas, since 1998.