About Interface

Interface offers lectures, articles and other resources that probe and preserve the relationship between theology and science—working toward healing the breach between these disciplines as they have taken shape in our late modern age. Explore the work of several experts including Alister McGrath, Sarah Coakley, Bruce Hindmarsh, David RobinsonJens Zimmermann and Peter Harrison as they examine important scientific discussions in light of Christian theology.

Regent College

Regent College is an international graduate school of Christian Studies affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Founded in 1968, it was the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. All Interface lectures will take place at Regent College in Vancouver, and livestreamed for a global audience.

The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program

Inteface has been made possible through the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Building upon its mission to “advance science and serve society,” AAAS established the DoSER program in 1995 to facilitate communication between scientific and religious communities. DoSER builds this dialogue through initiatives such as the Science for Seminaries project. The project helps a diverse group of seminaries integrate science into their core curricula and provides support and resources to seminary professors to encourage informed dialogue and a positive understanding of science among future religious leaders.

The John Templeton Foundation

Interface was first launched with the support of the John Templeton Foundation. The Foundation aims to advance human well-being by supporting research on the Big Questions, and by promoting character development, individual freedom, and free markets. The Foundation takes its vision from its founding benefactor, the late Sir John Templeton, who sought to stimulate what he described as “spiritual progress.”

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"Our world is knowable with astounding specificity. We record the birth of stars, track the paths of electrons, and decode genomes of living entities. When we ask questions of the natural world, we receive consistent answers about how the world operates. Yet, our world also presents to us mystery and fascination. We marvel at the improbability of life and the non-deterministic nature of quantum mechanics. We see in science echoes of both order and mystery. For this reason, science serves as a unique path in our pursuit of who God is and how we are to live faithfully before him."

Project Leaders

Project Leaders

Ross Hastings

Ross is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Associate Professor of Theology at Regent College. Ross holds two PhDs, in organometallic chemistry and theology, respectively. As well as teaching chemistry and theology, Ross has served as pastor in several churches and wrote Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together.

David Robinson

David is Adjunct Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College, where he previously worked as the Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology and Science (2018-19). David holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Edinburgh and is the author of Christ and Revelatory Community in Bonhoeffer's Reception of Hegel (2018).

Advisors

Advisors

Paul Allen

Paul Allen is Dean, Corpus Christi College, Vancouver, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Saint Paul University / University of Ottawa in 2001. He conducts research in the fields of science-theology dialogue, theological anthropology and in systematic theology. He is currently completing the first of a three part systematic theological anthropology, which is titled Creaturehood: Sin and Evolution in Theological Anthropology.

Arnold E. Sikkema

Arnold is a physics professor at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. After some work in gravitation and cosmology, he earned a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics. Arnold’s research is in reformational philosophical perspectives in biophysics, studying reductionism and emergence within and beyond physics as well as the intrinsic relational ontology of quantum field theory.

Dennis Venema

Dennis Venema is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, and was Fellow of Biology for the BioLogos Foundation from 2011 to 2018. He was a Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) Visiting Scholar in Science and Religion in 2015-2016. He is co-author, with Scot McKnight, of Adam and the Genome (2017).

Amos Yong

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission, Dean of the School of Theology and the School of Intercultural Studies, and Chief Academic Officer at Fuller Theological Seminary. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies. Licensed as a minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, he has also authored or edited over fifty volumes.

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