By Carl Blankenship
SALISBURY – Returning for a second 12 months with some pandemic-induced adjustments, Hood Theological Seminary on Friday took on the intersection of religion and science.
The Worldwide Middle for Religion, Science and Historical past hosted the annual convention within the seminary’s Aymer Middle. The occasion drew a handful of in-person attendees spaced all through the convention space, however most tuned in on-line. The seminary reside streamed all the occasion, which initially was established with a grant from the Science for Seminaries initiative of the Affiliation of Theological Seminaries.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander launched the occasion, and the keynote speaker was former Gov. James Martin. Martin was Governor from 1985 to 1993. He was the final Republican governor to serve to 2 full phrases.
Martin spent his profession as a chemist and educator. He’s the son of a Presbyterian minister. He’s additionally an creator, having written the e book “Revelation Via Science.” Martin described life as so advanced it may have come from “unguided probability.”
Martin described the small choice of amino acids which kind the proteins that function the premise for all life on the planet. Whereas Martin stated he believes the Bible is the phrase of God, it isn’t a science textbook.
“Science reveals God’s processes of evolution and his timeframe of creation,” Martin stated, including it ought to by no means be an obstacle to religion.
Martin stated science can inform individuals so much about nature and, in that method, reveal, not who God is, however that God is.
Martin described the persecution of Galileo, who defied the assumption the Earth is the middle of the photo voltaic system and was positioned below home arrest for the remainder of his life regardless of the actual fact the actual fact the opposite planets within the photo voltaic system orbit the Solar. He additionally described Charles Darwin’s idea concerning the technique of evolution and species descending from a typical ancestor by way of to the outline by James Watson and Francis Crick of the double helix construction of DNA.
Martin described the particular method DNA and RNA join and the way all of them have a right-hand thread sample that’s synthesized from a mixture of “left handed” amino acids and “proper handed” ribose and deoxy-ribose.
Martin stated all the elements wanted to be current within the first dwelling factor.
“We discover realities of nature that time us to God,” Martin stated.
Ted Campbell, professor of church historical past at Southern Methodist College, responded to Martin’s presentation.
Campbell described Martin’s work as figuring out the declare you can see God by way of nature. For his half, Campbell described science and faith being considered as at odds by historians till the Nineteen Thirties, when sociologist Robert Merton’s thesis challenged the idea.
The opposite half of this system was devoted a webinar by Goldman Environmental Prize recipient and ethnobotanist Nat Quansah, who offered about an built-in well being care system method. He described rising up in Ghana and seeing conventional and modern drugs being employed collectively.
He described his personal research of crops and the way they’re utilized by people in quite a few methods, together with well being. Quansah described the usage of crops in well being care as manifesting in conventional drugs.
Quansah stated conventional drugs happens naturally in a spot and is a part of that tradition. He stated, by that definition, he infers allopathic, or fashionable drugs, is conventional as effectively.