On April 12, 2012 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, scientists Troy Van Voorhis of MIT and Richmond Thompson of Bowdoin debated the question, “Science and faith: friends or foes?” Van Voorhis and Thompson each gave 20-minute presentations on the topic, with Van Voorhis presenting an evangelical take on the matter and Thompson arguing for a non-Christian position.
I had the opportunity to moderate this debate at my alma mater (my voice was suffering from allergies and a cold, please note!). It was terrific fun and highly stimulating. Both professors made strong arguments for their view. My own beliefs line up with Van Voorhis (who as a young MIT professor is a noteworthy evangelical voice), though I was challenged by Thompson’s thoughtful and charitable presentation.
I’m thankful for the outstanding gospel-centered and Word-driven ministry at Bowdoin, led by Rob and Sim Gregory, and for the strong partnership it has forged with the Veritas Forum. May it only continue.