By Elizabeth Derstine, Contributing Writer
The Goshen College Conference on Science and Religion has covered a variety of topics over the years, including cosmology, perfection and evolution. The theme this year is “Becoming Human: Weaving Together Genetics and Personhood.” Lectures will be given by Gayle E. Woloschak, a professor of radiation oncology, radiology and cell and molecular biology at Northwestern University.
Carl Helrich, retired professor of physics, was the instigator of the original conference in 2001, or as he puts it, “guilty for the vision.”
Helrich commented that they would love to see more than just scientists in attendance, especially those in fields pertaining to religion. “In the modern world a pastor is not going to be able to get along as well without some knowledge of this type of dialogue,” said Helrich, so “it is imperative” that they be exposed to this dialogue. The face to face dialogue is a point Helrich stressed as one of the most appealing aspects of the conference.
Woloschak will be offering two public lectures, one on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. on “Humans in Light of Genetics” and one the next morning, Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 am, “Humans in Light of Epigenetic and Environment.” Both sessions will be hosted in the church chapel.
Students are invited to attend the open seminars. Organizers hope students will leave with a new perspective on the universal search for truth and an understanding on how both science and theology intersect.