Forum for Conversations in Theology and Science

The University of Sioux Falls Forum for Conversations in Theology and Science began in 2006 through a Metanexus Institute grant. Today the conversations continue thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Bob and Betty Jo Roberts. This forum is dedicated to furthering conversation on the interchange between theology and science among USF faculty, students and members of neighboring academic, religious and scientific communities.

Presentations and discussions of selected topics are open to the public and meant to foster dialogue and understanding on such matters as consciousness and the soul, non-materialistic approaches to physics and cosmology, evolution and human origins, medicine and healthcare and other issues pertinent to the relationship between theology and the natural sciences.

Previous years have explored the History of the Theology/Science Conversation, Theology and the Physical Sciences, Theology and Evolution, Theology and the Self, and Theology and Neuroscience. The theme for 2015 is Mathematics, Beauty and God: Theology and the Language of the Universe. Sessions include two forums presented by local faculty, as well as a keynote event featuring Dr. James Bradley, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Calvin College.

Mathematics, Beauty and God:
Theology and the Language of the Unvierse

Schedule of Events

January 19, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

Leaving it Up to Chance
A Surprisingly Firm Mathematical Foundation

A Lecture and Forum Facilitated by Dr. Jason Douma, University of Sioux Falls


February 11, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

Chaos and the Subline

By Dr. David O'Hara, Augustana College
McDonald Center Conference Room


March 9, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

Does God Play Dice?

By Dr. James Bradley, Calvin College
Salsbury Science Center Zbornik Lecture Hall

For many scientists and for many lay people, the presence of randomness in nature is an obstacle to religious faith - randomness is often This apparent conflict between religious belief and the presence of randomness can be partially resolved by taking a careful look at what randomness is and how it differs from the classical notion of chance. But not entirely. Some of the remaining problems are easily addressed. However, the hardest theological problem randomness presents – its association with suffering – is a classic problem of theodicy and not easily dealt with; I will examine some plausible responses to it.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. James Foster
University of Sioux Falls
1101 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105


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