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FAITH AND PHILOSOPHY

May 5 @ 9:30 am - May 19 @ 11:00 am EDT

At the forefront of religion,“ faith” is a spiritual behavior to look at more closely. Is this behavior, either individual or collective, attached to religion only? This is the question we will explore this May. Both scholars will take into consideration some aspects of well-accepted religious practice, history of the reformed tradition of Christianity, especially involving John Calvin’s conception of faith and his practices. Then among modern practices involving a high level of Spirit activity, Frederick will analyze, by taking the example of astrobiology, the compatibility of science and Christian conviction. Also, he will show how recent findings and perspective in astrobiology could affect Christian belief and practice.

SUNDAY, MAY 5: THE MEANING OF FAITH –”FAITH IN THE REFORMED THEOLOGICAL TRADITION”
Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, New York Theological Seminary
For John Calvin, faith that was capable of bringing us into relationship with God was not a human capacity or activity, but was a form of knowledge that was communicated from beyond ourselves through the action of the Holy Spirit.

SUNDAY, MAY 12: THE WIDER HORIZONS – “KEEP THE FAITH!”
Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, New York Theological Seminary
In Scripture, faith implies steadfastness and trustworthiness. Faith also brings with it a certainty beyond what would otherwise be the case. Dr. Irvin will explore what this has meant through the ages, paying attention to theologians such as Martin Luther and Paul Tillich but also to our own experience and understanding.

SUNDAY, MAY 19: ASTROBIOLOGY AND CHRISTIANITY
Frederick V. Simmons – Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton New Jersey
What do the contemporary life sciences mean for Christian ethics and faith? Three sorts of answers to that question predominate. Perhaps the most familiar claims that contemporary science and Christian conviction are incompatible, and hence forces a choice between them. Ironically, the second, seemingly opposite, approach—that science and Christian faith are qualitatively different and so cannot conflict—has essentially the same effect, since it too concludes that science does not impact the content of Christian belief. A third approach contends that the basic findings of the contemporary natural sciences can be integrated with fundamental Christian commitments. Simmons will outline a version of this view by considering astrobiology, the emerging scientific study of the universe’s potential to harbor life.

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Start:
May 5 @ 9:30 am
End:
May 19 @ 11:00 am
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Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto
Phone:
212-289-4400
Email:
rhutto@brickchurch.org
Website:
62 E. 92nd St.

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Third Floor Living Room
62 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128 United States
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