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Science and Religion: Potential for a Grand DialogueDate:
January 11, 2006
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
The topic for this meeting was Science and Religion: Potential for a Grand Dialogue, presented by Douglas Kindschi, Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy, Grand Valley State College, where he previously served for over 20 years as the Dean of Science and Mathematics. The conflict between science and religion is unnecessary. Neither arrives at a point where humans can come to absolute truths, and while both are seeking a deeper understanding, they are ultimately, simply, different ways of knowing. Dr. Kindschi cited prominent scientific thinkers who believed either that the end of knowledge in a given field was imminent or that science essentially had attained that point, with only details of measurement and precision (another decimal point) left to make.
About Douglas Kindschi, PhD
Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy, Grand Valley State University
Douglas Kindschi, Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy, Grand Valley State University, previously served for over 20 years as the Dean of Science and Mathematics. P. Douglas Kindschi’s interest in the discussion of the sciences and religion goes back to his graduate studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School and his leading a campus ministry science-religion program while completing his PhD in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. At GVSU he developed the course: Science, Mathematics, and Religion: Ways of Knowing, which received a Templeton Course Award. He founded and has led for the past seven years, a faculty discussion reading group in science and religion. He currently directs a new Local Societies Initiative program which is bringing together an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and interfaith dialogue for the greater Grand Rapids area; The Grand Dialogue.