Barnes Symposium 2019

Albert Einstein famously said "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." But Einstein was a novice theologian. And contemporary science has changed in drastic ways since Einstein. What should we say about the relationship between science and theology today? Thomas Jay Oord offers ten reasons this often volatile dialogue is more important now than it was in Einstein's time.


Monday January 28, 2019

11:00 a.m. | Cultural Life Center – Hale Auditorium
Chapel Service: “Thank Goodness, God is Not in Control”

5:30 p.m. | Garlock Dining Commons – Ellen Stowe Room
Dinner and Q&A with Dr. Oord.

   Dinner Includes

  • Mixed Greens with fruit
  • Choice of Entrée with side dishes:
    • Carved Sun-Dried Tomato Roasted Turkey
    • Wild Mushroom Vegetable Lasagna
  • Chocolate mousse

7:30 p.m. | Smith Hall – Lake Auditorium
Keynote Address: “10 Reasons the Science and Theology Dialogue Matters”

Parking available in Lots A,B, and F. Click here for campus map
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Meet Our Speaker

Thomas Jay Oord

Dr. Thomas Jay Oord

Is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. Oord has won the Outstanding Faculty Award twelve times as professor at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, relational theology, science and religion, and Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought.  (


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About The Barnes Science and Faith Symposium

The Barnes Science and Faith Symposium was established in 2010 to explore issues of science and faith by:

  • Clearly presenting relevant scientific data relating to specific science-faith issues.
  • Articulating Christian perspectives of science-faith issues.
  • Expose the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary communities to scholars, who are both well-recognized scientists and devout Christians.
  • Encourage students to pursue rigorous academic careers

Dr. and Mrs. David Barnes

The Barnes Symposium is made possible by the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. David Barnes, who have been active participants in the Roberts Wesleyan College community since the 1970s.

Dr. Barnes, professor emeritus in biology, taught at Roberts from 1970-2004. His wife Avis taught in the Pavilion School District for 30 years. They established the Barnes Symposium to foster an annual lecture series that would address issues of science and Christian faith.