Adventures in New Places — A Conference on Human Origins

first_img Ann GaugerSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureDr. Ann Gauger is Director of Science Communication and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, and Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Zoology. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where her work was on the molecular motor kinesin.Follow AnnProfile Share This summer I have been venturing into new territory, at least for me. I have been to one event sponsored by the Templeton Foundation (thank you for letting me come!) called the Dabar Conference, and also to the annual American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) meeting at Gordon College in Massachusetts. I’ll save my comments about the ASA for another time.The Dabar ConferenceThe Dabar Conference is hosted every year at Trinity International University in the Chicago area, with funding from the Templeton Foundation for the last several years for something called the Creation Project. Their website says, “The Dabar Conference is a by-invitation event gathering 50+ evangelicals together from different disciplines, denominations, and institutions with the goal of orienting evangelical theologians to the relevant recent work in the natural sciences and to promoting scholarship in the field of the doctrine of creation.” They explain that the conference is intended to feature “honest, well informed, humble, and open conversation,” deriving its name, Dabar, from the Hebrew for “word.”This year there were a handful of scientists, mainly from BioLogos, one paleontologist from I don’t know where, and me. The stated purpose is pretty accurate. They want to orient theologians and pastors toward theistic evolution, or evolutionary creationism as they prefer to call it.This year the conference focused on questions about human origins, and the effect an evolutionary understanding of our origin has on doctrines like the image of God and original sin. Much of it was in a dialect I am not fluent in — “theolophilos,” I call it. One presentation I couldn’t understand at all, though he was speaking English with a Canadian accent. Other sessions I mostly followed.Specially Chosen IndividualsThere were breakout sessions where groups of specially chosen individuals were placed in a room together and asked to discuss things having to do with how to meld ideas like original sin with evolution. I asked fairly innocuous questions, realizing I was being allowed to participate as long as I didn’t cause strife. One question I remember very clearly. I asked how much we could learn about the image of God from just the one mention in early Genesis. This led to an explosion from the theologian next to me — something to do with temple theology — where he described, in near-rapturous terms, beautiful images and ideas drawn from all over the Bible. What he said must have had something to do with the image of God, but it came at me too fast for me to tell. (I later told him I thought he was a mystic, based on the emotion he expressed.) The other guy sitting next to me was a biologist and clearly uncomfortable with me. He kept his arms crossed and leaned away most of the time.An Idiosyncratic ModelSo why was I, an ID advocate, there? I study human origins, which is directly related to the topic of the conference, though my point of view is orthogonal to those of the organizers. I was one of two scientists there who openly allowed for the possibility of a historical Adam and Eve. Dr. Joshua Swamidass was the other. He has an idiosyncratic model of a de novo created, genealogical Adam and Eve, combined with a large evolved population of humans. He presented his model midway through the week. From my point of view, responses were cautious.I had been asked to respond to the topic of monogenism, which is the idea that we are all descended from a first pair, Adam and Eve, from whom we inherit original sin. This Catholic doctrine is articulated specifically to preserve the unity of the human race: We are all descended from the same original father and mother.My response was the very last one of the conference, as it happened. I will tell the basics of what I said another time, but the take-home message was (and is) that a historical first pair is possible at 500,000 years, and perhaps as recently as 200,000 years. The conference was stunned. No one knew what to say. The BioLogos table asked one cautious question, and then a theologian asked, “So what are we supposed to do now?” I hadn’t expected that question! I answered that what I had told him was preliminary and needed verification and peer review, and was not proof, merely possibility. “Don’t tell your congregation yet,” I joked. But I was serious.A Good CitizenWhy did I do it? Afterwards several people came up to express their gratitude. I was a lone non-evolutionary voice that gave them breathing space theologically. I even received an email from a participant some days later, thanking me.I don’t know if I will be asked back. I tried to be a good citizen and not cause conflict, but I also asked questions intended to trigger thinking in a new direction. All in all it was a rewarding experience talking to so many people with a different point of view on evolution. I hope they ask me back, because these are important questions and all viewpoints should be present at such discussions. But that’s up to the conference organizers.Photo: “Tree of Life,” a cave painting from Borneo, Indonesia, by Lhfage at English Wikipedia [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. 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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSt. Ann students donate 2,000 diapers to charity. St. Ann students on Thursday morning showed the fruits of their labor to raise more than $1,000 to help purchase diapers for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Happy Bottoms. Student council representatives were able to buy 2,000 diapers with that money, which they handed over to Catholic Charities Thursday morning. “This donation will help families we serve meet an immediate need, but it will also help them move forward,” Communications Coordinator Lisa Tulp said. “Clean diapers keep a baby healthy, and day care providers require parents to supply them for their children, so it’s especially helpful to the working parents we serve.”Lanky lineup has 810 varsity bullish on SM East this season. 810 Varsity is getting ready for the upcoming basketball season by previewing its top 25 metro programs in the state. SM East comes in at number 21, with 810 noting the return of a tall lineup of experienced seniors Davis Morrison, Mark Ward and Luke Ehly along with junior Zeb Vermillion. SM East opens it season at home tonight against Piper at 7 p.m. [Season Preview: No. 21, SM East — 810 Varsity]SM East’s Dinakar is scholarship semifinalist. Bhavish Dinakar, a senior at SM East, is a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist. Each year, the scholarship program selects 150 outstanding students to receive a $20,000 college scholarship. Dinakar earned a perfect score on the ACT this year.Mission, Merriam tree lightings this weekend. The last of the NEJC tree lighting events will take place in Mission tonight and Merriam on Saturday. Tonight the action will be in Mission where the Holiday Lights and Festive Sights event was rescheduled from last week because of weather. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sylvester Powell Community Center and will be combined with the Free Family Fun Night that is on the calendar for tonight. Merriam holds its Sundown with Santa Saturday night starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Merriam Marketplace.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

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Hogs fall to Miami, eliminated from College World Series

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:b1356a1c6cfe1027d025f7a6 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-743504-4298437830001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Jun 15, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher Zach Jackson (32) sits on the bench after the Arkansas Razorbacks were eliminated by the Miami Hurricanes in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Miami defeated Arkansas 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY SportsJun 15, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher Zach Jackson (32) sits on the bench after the Arkansas Razorbacks were eliminated by the Miami Hurricanes in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Miami defeated Arkansas 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY SportsOMAHA, Neb. (KTHV) – The magical run is over for the Razorbacks after a walk-off single from Jacob Heyward ended Arkansas’ dreams of a first national championship.After an improbable run to the College World Series, the Hogs (40-25) were defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (50-16), 4-3, and were eliminated from the tournament on Monday evening.The first half of the game was dominated by pitching as Keaton McKinney (6-2, 3.21 ERA) of the Hogs and Thomas Woodrey (7-2, 2.88 ERA) both allowed no runs in the first four innings.Miami opened up the scoring with two in the fifth when left fielder Jacob Heyward hit a home run to left center.Arkansas responded with a run in the sixth with an infield single by second baseman Rick Nomura that brought in right fielder Tyler Spoon.Arkansas would tack on another run in the seventh on a Bobby Wernes single to center field, but the Hogs couldn’t take the lead.The Hurricanes answered in their half of the seventh when a double-error allowed Heyward to score the go-ahead run, making it a 3-2 game.center_img However, it would be the Razorbacks again coming back in the eighth. Back-to-back singles by Tyler Spoon and Rick Nomura lead to a game-tying single by designated hitter Brett McAfee, but shortstop Michael Bernal’s inning-ending double play halted the momentum and sent the game to the ninth.The Razorbacks would get another single to start an inning in the ninth, but after a sac bunt by left fielder Joe Serrano, Bobby Wernes would pop up, leading the Hurricanes to walk star center fielder, Andrew Benintendi.Spoon would reach on a fielding error by Miami first baseman Christopher Barr, but Nomura grounded out to end the ninth inning threat for the Hogs.The Hurricanes started the ninth with a double by Willie Abreu that nearly left the ballpark. After Miami brought in a pinch runner, Heyward singled on a 1-2 count to win the game.Miami advances to face the winner of Monday night’s game between the Florida Gators and the Virginia Cavaliers, who defeated the Razorbacks on Saturday.Stay tuned for more from THV11’s Mary Dunleavy on Monday’s game.At Bat with the Hogs: An in-depth look at #OmaHogs during the College World SeriesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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first_imgCARDINIA Shire Council’s hard and green waste collection is running on schedule, a council spokesman said this week. Several residents…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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first_imgNar Nar Goon Kindergarten is celebrating after it was named the first kindergarten in the Cardinia Shire to complete all…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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