Creation Science Association of Alberta is delighted to announce two wonderful speakers for Creation Weekend on Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, 2017.
On Friday evening Carson Lueck B.Sc., B. Ed., is scheduled to speak on “How the Authority of Scripture Impacts Science”. This session will be aimed at youth and young adults. So bring your busloads of students to this event!
On Saturday October 21 come to hear Dr. John Byl, professor emeritus from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. His research interests include astronomy, physics, mathematics and the interaction between Christian faith and science, he has lectured in a large number of countries all over the world.John Byl was born in the Netherlands but educated in Canada. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in mathematics from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1969 and a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1973 from the same institution. Later he worked as a visiting professor in the physics department at Dordt College, Iowa before arriving at Trinity Western University in Langley BC in 1978. From the beginning of his teaching career, Dr. Byl never lost sight of the importance of the relationship between faith and science. Indeed in 1999 he was awarded the Templeton Award in the category of Science/Religion Courses for a course he developed and taught (Math 480: Foundations in Mathematical Sciences: Theological and Philosophical Issues). The Templeton Foundation is international, so this was very significant recognition.
The scope of Dr. Byl’s scientific interests is impressive. In the field of astronomy he wrote God and Cosmos: A Christian View of Time, Space and the Universe (2001). This book is still in print and still extremely relevant because it points out ill-founded assumptions which were used to develop the Big Bang model of origins. Later he wrote The Divine Challenge: on Matter, Mind, Math and Meaning (2004) in which he portrays God as challenging mankind to explain why math works to describe physics and astronomy. If everything lacks purpose, we should not see so much order in the natural world. It only makes sense if mathematical concepts come from a designer, who decreed that math and the physical world would agree.
In keeping with his insistence on the close connection between science and faith, Dr. Byl has published numerous articles in a variety of Christian journals. Other topics more focused on science itself, he has published in such journals as Galilean Electrodynamics, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society and The Astronomical Journal.
In recent years, Dr. Byl has also turned his attention to issues of worldview and apologetics. In this context, he served as guest speaker from 2007-2014 in Dr. Tom Goss’s science course sessions at Summit Pacific College in Abbotsford B.C., nearby to Trinity Western University in Langley. In 2014, the two professors agreed to collaborate on an apologetics booklet. Both recognized that many Christians (in the face of widespread evolutionary teaching) do not know what the Bible teaches about truth, and the foundational doctrines of our faith. So they collaborated for two years and produced the booklet How Should Christians Approach Origins?
Thus Dr. Byl brings a lot of scientific information, philosophical insights and experience to the discussions which he has promised to provide for us at Creation Weekend! Firstly, on Saturday morning (10:00 a.m.) he answers the question “Do we need the Biblical Adam?” Over the past century and a half, many Christians have felt pressured by the prestige of secular science to conclude that the early chapters of Genesis do not describe historical events. A very important result of this approach is the rejection of the historical Adam. Dr. Byl shows that this approach has serious implications for the Christian faith.
Secondly on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) Dr. Byl plans to discuss “The Christian Worldview and Origins”. In this lecture, he focuses on the implications of the Christian worldview regarding origins. He considers “God’s two books” (scripture and nature) including general revelation, common grace and the anti-thesis. He also discusses various forms of theistic evolution and their theological implications.
In the keynote lecture Dr. Byl plans to address the compelling question “Has science killed God? Christianity versus naturalism” on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. He examines various claims about science which purport to disprove Christianity. In this context, he discusses the nature of science, actual observations versus models (data vs theory). He wraps it up with a comparison of what impact these ideas have on society at large and on the church in particular.
Do not miss these highly relevant and exciting presentations!! The venue is Mill Woods Assembly, 23 Avenue and 66 Street NW, a beautiful facility with plenty of parking. On Saturday morning CSAA provides a complimentary continental breakfast at 9 a.m. During the dinner hour on Saturday evening a delicious banquet is provided (at a cost) for those who register in advance. See information on our website. Purchase your tickets online.
October 20 and 21, plan to come to Creation Weekend 2017.
A challenge for all in what matters in faith and science!!
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