Faculty Seminar

The AAAS grant gave a fresh opportunity to the participating faculty and the science advisers to explore other ways of collaborating beyond the grant project. They and other additional faculty joined to create a new interdisciplinary faculty seminar on campus to study together some shared areas of interest concerning religion and science. The seminar is funded by the Humanities Institute at WFU.

aaas-humanities-institute-300x43This seminar is funded by the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University. The purpose of this seminar is to help reach one of the goals of the grant, which is to make “a positive impact not only on seminary education, but on the broader American public.” In this seminar they study shared areas of interest concerning religion and science. In the spring of 2015, they will explore the following topics:

  • Non-Western religious perspectives on science
  • Scientific creationism, intelligent design, and evolution
  • Atheism and naturalism
  • God, physics, and the Big Bang

Seminar participants and their research interests:

  • Rebecca Alexander, Professor of Chemistry; Department of Chemistry (research interests: biochemistry, history of women in science, computational biophysics)
  • J. Daniel Bourland, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering, Departments of Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine (research interests: physics and technologies of radiation treatment; dose calculations; radiosurgery; imaging in oncology)
  • Lucas Johnston, Assistant Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, Department of Religion (research interests: religion and science dialogue; cognitive science of religion)
  • Kevin Jung, Associate Professor Christian Ethics; School of Divinity (research interests: neuroscience and ethics, theological ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind)
  • Bill Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History; School of Divinity (research interests: Christian history, American religion, Baptist studies, Appalachian religion, American religious experience)
  • Jed Macosko, Associate Professor of Physics, Department of Physics (research interests: biophysics; origin of the genetic code; next generation sequencing; human genome and personalized medicine)
  • Neal Walls, Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation; School of Divinity (research interests: ancient near eastern mythology)



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