||Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum
Jan 22: Simon Conway Morris, "If Humans are Inevitable, What Are the Theological Implications?". Thursday, January 22, 4:00-5:30PM, Hennings 202, 6224 Agricultural Road, University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus.
Jan 26: The never-ending case of Bishop Wilberforce vs. Thomas "Bulldog" Huxley: Empiricism and the State of Evolutionary Biology in an Age of Faith-Based Fundamentalism. Cafe Kathmandu, 2779 Commercial Dr. 7:30PM. more...
Feb 17: On beauty and the evolution of a sense of form.
Speaker: Lee Gass, moderator: Pnina Granirer. Lord Byng High School, 3939 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, 7:00pm. more...
March 30: Social Darwinism as an Instrument of Racist and Authoritarian thought. Café Kathmandu, 2779 Commercial Dr. 7:30PM. more...
Evolution Weekend is a worldwide event officially occuring on February 13-15, 2009. The Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and
reflection on the relationship between religion and science. Through
sermons, discussion groups, meaningful conversations and seminars, the event aims to show that religion and science are not
adversaries. We encourage you to contact your clergy to
ask them to participate in Evolution Weekend. If you know of an event, please let us know.
Feb 8: St. Anselm's Anglican Church, 5210 University Boulevard, Vancouver. Sunday, February 8, 8:30am and 10:30am.
Feb 8: Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 49th Avenue, Vancouver. Sunday, February 8, 11:00am. more...
Feb 13: Temple Sholom, Rabbi Philip L. Bregman and Rabbi Daniel J. Mikelberg; 7190 Oak Street, Vancouver. Friday, February 13, 8:15pm.
Feb 15: South Burnaby United Church, Reverend Ian MacDonald; 7591 Gray Avenue, Burnaby. Sunday February 15, 10:30am.
Feb 15: Canadian Memorial Church, Reverend Bruce Sanguin; 1825 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver. Sunday February 15, 10:30am.
Feb 15: St. Philip's Anglican Church, Reverend John Stephens; 3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver. Sunday February 15, 8:00am and 10:00am.
Feb 15: Oakridge United Church, Reverend Maggie Watts-Hammond will speak about the difference between Biblical literalism and faith; 305 W 41st Avenue Vancouver.
||Is Religion Adaptive?
March 2: Richard Sosis, one of the world's leading scientists in the
evolutionary studies of religious behavior and a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of
Connecticut and Hebrew University will be speaking on Monday, March 2, at 5:00pm at the Coach House, Green College, UBC. more...
Evolutionary scholars studying religion are currently engaged in a
significant debate over whether or not religion is adaptive. Some
adaptationists maintain that religion evolved to extend human cooperation
and coordination. Here I survey recent developments in one such
adaptationist theory that applies signaling models to religious phenomena.
I also critically examine the comparative, ethnohistorical, and
experimental data that have been brought to bear on this theory. While
generally supportive of the application of signaling theory to religious
behavior, these data also highlight various shortcomings of the theory and
suggest avenues for further theoretical development. I conclude with a
discussion about the relevance of these data for resolving current debates
concerning whether or not religion is adaptive.
May 25: Is Faith an Absolute Indicator of Morality? Reflections on Religion, Magic, Science, and Morals. Café Kathmandu, 2779 Commercial Dr. 7:30PM. more...