More Light, Less Heat

More Light, Less Heat

Too often, the discussion around religion and science produces a lot of heat, but very little light. Through a series of conversations, Sinai and Synapses will be working to change that.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic thought leaders — from both the religious and scientific worlds — will be sharing their perspective on how science and religion can interact more productively.

In other words, these discussions will strive to bring more light and less heat to the public discourse surrounding religion and science.

December 18, 2013 — Rabbi Joshua Stanton and Imam Abdullah Antepli

For Josh Stanton, scientific language offers him more precise language for the complexities of theology. For his friend and colleague Abdullah Antepli, he finds nobility in the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

January 8, 2014 — Lisa M. Ortuno, Ph.D. and Dr. Carey Murphy

As two Baha’i women of science, both Lisa Ortuno and Carey Murphy have found that their faith has enhanced their love of science, and science has strengthened their commitment to their faith.

January 16, 2014 — Rabbis Josh Ratner and Fred Hyman

Rabbis Josh Ratner and Fred Hyman share how their knowledge of psychology and cognitive neuroscience have informed their rabbinate.

January 22, 2014 — Rabbi Michelle Fisher and Professor Ian Hutchinson

When people think of MIT, most people imagine one of the bastions of the scientific and engineering world. But there are at least two people there who embrace not only science, but religion, as well.

February 18, 2014 — Connor Wood and Tim Maness

Two doctoral students, focusing on the scientific study of religion, share what we can learn from looking at religion from sociological, psychological and behavioral lenses.

February 27. 2014 — John ZuHone and Pastor Zach Fleming

For many Christians, Christianity and science are not in opposition; rather, they both serve as ways to search for truth. Two devout Christians explain how their love of science has broadened their view on truth.

April 10, 2014 — Joyce Konisgburg and Dr. Kevin Tidgewell

Two people at Duquesne University, a Catholic institution, discovered a shared interest in thinking about how our minds influence the way we live in this world.

December 8, 2015 — Jonathan Morgan and Doug Hammack

Jonathan Morgan and Rev. Doug Hammack share how both science and religion have influenced their views on both love and truth.

January 11, 2016 — Reverend Mark Goodman and Rex Jung, Ph.D.

A reverend with a degree in botany and an expert in creativity ask, How do our lenses influence the way we learn things?

February 5, 2016 — John Marc Sianghio and Seth Patterson

Can drama change the way we talk about religion and science? A fan of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” and a former theater professional believe so.

February 11, 2016 — Megan Powell and Anna McCallie

If we can ask questions in the way first-graders do, we can break down so many of the barriers and false dichotomies in the world today.

March 2, 2016 — Sara Gottlieb and Daniel Wilkenfeld

If we can approach our level of knowledge with humility and openness, we can discover more about ourselves and our world.

April 21, 2016 — Stefanie Leacock and Derek Nelson

Questions of “wonder” can spark tremendous creativity, and a geneticist / Sunday school teacher and a religion professor share how.

September 21, 2016 — Thomas Wassink and Ken Wilson

Science is the best way we can appreciate “what is,” and religion helps move us towards “what could be.”

December 14, 2017 – Ian Binns, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bloom

Ian Binns, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bloom discuss how they came to hold a belief about science and religion being in dialogue rather than in opposition.

January 3, 2018 – Rabbi Rachael Jackson and Rabbi Michal Loving

Rabbi Rachael Jackson and Rabbi Michal Loving discuss how can science and religion add up to a holistic human experience.

March 8, 2018 – Rev. Dr. Ruth Shaver and William D. Richards

Rev. Dr. Ruth Shaver and Bill Richards discuss what inspires them to create and educate.

May 10, 2018 –

Dr. Ashlynn S. Stillwell and Rev. Brian Sauder discuss how faith can motivate people to care for the Earth.

June 6, 2018 – Rev. Zack Jackson and Rev. Casey Bien-Aimé

Rev. Zack Jackson and Rev. Casey Bien-Aimé discuss how thinking interdisciplinary about science and religion has helped them care for others in their respective fields.

July 5, 2018 – Kendra Moore and Kate Stockly

Kendra Moore and Kate Stockly discuss how they ventured outside their comfort zones, and what it taught them.

July 26, 2018 – Arvin Gouw and Ted Peters

Arvin Gouw and Ted Peters discuss how they have maintained their faith despite taking on careers that center around inquiry and skepticism.

December 6, 2018 – Tim Maness and Rev. Dr. Kara Slade

Tim Maness and Rev. Dr. Kara Slade discuss when science and religion work in conjunction to create truth – and the times when they don’t.

December 20, 2018 – Myriam Renaud, Ph.D. and Dr. Michael Summers

Myriam Renaud, Ph.D. and Dr. Michael Summers discuss the awe-inspiring uniqueness of the Earth in the universe.


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