The Origins Lecture Series is produced for the Colorado Christian University and local community to explore a few of the acceptable, mainline, evangelical ideas, thoughts, and facts about how the God of the universe created our world. With five nationally known speakers on the subject – and a special panel from CCU’s School of Theology and Department of Sciences – we hope that each person attending will have stronger insight to how the world began and how their faith ties into God’s spectacular design for mankind and the planet we live on.
Astronomer Hugh Ross is founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Hugh earned his BS in physics from the University of British Columbia and his MS and PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto. He later continued research on quasars and galaxies as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. While in college, Hugh dedicated himself to faith in Christ following an in-depth study of Scripture that convinced him of the Bible’s factual accuracy. Today, Hugh is the author of multiple books (such as Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, More Than a Theory, and, most recently, Navigating Genesis) and speaks on science-faith issues to audiences around the world.
Dr. Jason Lisle is currently the director of research at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), a institute which seeks to “equip believers with evidence of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework” (Taken from ICR’s Explore ICR section at www.icr.org). Dr. Lisle double-majored in physics and astronomy (along with mathematics minor) at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he also graduated summa cum laude. He then went on to pursue his master’s degree and Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado. He is attributed as one of the key people in constructing the Creation Museum’s planetarium and content. Dr. Lisle’s written works include: The Solar System: God’s Heavenly Handiwork, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, and Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments.
Jack Collins holds a Ph.D. from the School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies at the University of Liverpool. He is currently a professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he has been on faculty since 1993. He has written four books and numerous articles in journals. His books include Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care; The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God’s Action in the World; Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?; and Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary. Collins describes his approach to Genesis 1 and 2 as follows: “Careful attention to the discourse grammar, literary features, and the ancient Near Eastern context of Genesis 1-2 shows that the best way to read the creation days is as what Herman Bavinck called ‘God’s workdays.’ These days are not necessarily the first six days of the universe, and not even necessarily the first six days of the earth itself. And if they are God’s workdays – analogous to human workdays – exactly how long they were, or exactly how the activities might match what we find in the fossils is just not important.”
Dr. Michael Behe is currently a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He is a known advocate for ‘Intelligent Design’ and best known for his argument of ‘irreducible complexity.’ This idea, in short, argues that biochemical engineering is too complex for the work of evolution and should be attributed to an Intelligent Design. Dr. Behe’s work can be found in his writings: Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution; Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe: Papers Presented at a Conference Sponsored by the Wethersfield Institute; God, Intelligent Design & Fine-Tuning: A Discussion between Michael J. Behe and T.D. Singh; and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism.
John Walton holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has been a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College since 1991. He has written nearly twenty monographs, including commentaries on Genesis, Job, Jonah, and Obadiah-Jonah. His most recent books include The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology, and Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament. Along with Andrew Hill, Walton co-authored A Survey of the Old Testament, the primary textbook for BIB/HIS 111 History and Literature of Ancient Israel at CCU. According to Walton, “Proper interpretation requires Genesis to be read as an ancient document in order to understand its authoritative claims. Read in this light I propose that both the text of Genesis and the literature from the ancient Near East see creation as an act of bringing order and establishing sacred space rather than focusing on the origins of physical objects.” Dr. Walton has been a translator for the New Living Translation, the New Century Version, and the Message.
The School of Theology and Department of Sciences will wrap up the Origins series with a discussion panel. Participating faculty members include: