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A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell


A Friday Conversation with Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Dr. Ecklund will speak with about her recent research on the religious beliefs of scientists, now published as Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, and also about the relationship between her scholarly work and her faith. Her first book Korean American Evangelicals: New Models for Civic Life was published by Oxford University Press.

Friday Conversations is a relaxed venue to watch films on various topics, hear professors reflect on their vocation, and discuss the implications of Christian faith for all aspects of life and learning.

Event Location: 
International Lounge, Willard Straight Hall

What Scientists Really Think About Religion

Graduate Christian Fellowship Roundtable

We will examine whether there are places in the university where science and religion might fruitfully connect and models scientists with faith have for participating in religious communities.

Elaine Howard Ecklund is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rice University, where she also serves as a Rice Scholar of the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and Director of the Program on Religion and Public Life at the Institute for Urban Research.

Event Location: 
Big Red Barn

The Worldviews of Great Scientists


Event Location: 
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall

A Way Forward for Dialogue Between Religious and Scientific Communities

Robert & Mabel Beggs Lecture on Science, Spirituality and Society

**Dr. Ecklund will be interviewed on All Things Equal, a Cornell-sponsored radio talk show Tuesday October 26.  You can listen live by tuning in to WHCU, 870 AM, at 8:30 AM, or listen to the podcast, which will be posted later that day, on the All Things Equal website.**

Event Location: 
Sage Chapel

Christianity and Science: From Conflict to Complementarity

Ever since Cornell University co-founder and first president Andrew Dickson White published hisHistory of Warfare Between Science and Theology in Christendom, "warfare" has been employed as a metapher to describe the relationship of science and religion. In recent years, however, historians among others have questioned whether the warfare metaphor was ever really an accurate descriptor.

Event Location: 
226 Weill Hall, Cornell University

Chemist as Complementarian

Robert C. Fay has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of Bologna, an NSF Science Faculty Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex, and a NATO/Heineman Senior Fellow at Oxford University. His interests include the history of Christianity and its connections to science. See his article, Science and Christian Faith: Conflict or Cooperation?

Event Location: 
Robert Purcell Community Center, Wendy Purcell Lounge

The Finite and the Infinite: An Atheist and a Christian discuss Nature, Knowledge, and Faith

What is scientism, and how is it set apart from ‘science’ proper?

What, if anything, sets scientific knowledge apart from other ways of knowing?

How should our scientific practices relate, if at all, to attempts to understand the world in other ways?

What sorts of evidence can or should we use in pursuing understanding of the world outside science?

These are just a few of the questions we'll be posing to our distinguished guests for Cornell's inaugural Veritas Forum.  


Event Location: 
Statler Auditorium

Making Sense of Science from a Christian Perspective

Dr. Ian Hutchinson is a Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and author of Monopolizing Knowledge.

Event Location: 
Weill Hall, Room 226