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This year’s Barnes Science and Faith Symposium offers opportunities for the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary communities to consider the theological implications of contemporary neuroscience research, particularly as related to questions of free will, personal agency, and virtue. Our featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Warren Brown, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr BrownDr. Brown is currently involved in neuroscience research on the subject of cognitive and psychosocial disabilities related to agenesis of the corpus callosum, and he has also studied callosal function in dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, Dr. Brown and other colleagues have researched the psychology and neuroscience of exemplars of the virtues of compassion and generosity, work that has resulted in a $1.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation.

In addition to authoring or coauthoring over 75 scholarly articles and 15 chapters in edited scholarly books, Dr. Brown has written and presented on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith. He was principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature(1998) and wrote (with Nancey Murphy)Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will(2007). Most recently, he coauthored (with Brad Strawn)The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church(2012).


Thursday, February 27:

Lunch and Presentation The Embodiment of Christian Life  12:15-2:00pm  Ellen Stowe Room 
Reception and Presentation Free Will as Evaluation of Action 3:30 – 5:15pm Smith Science Center, 2nd floor lobby and Auditorium
Dinner   5:30 - 6:30pm Garlock Dining Commons – Ellen Stowe Room
Presentation Complex Beings and the Emergence of Free Will 7:30 – 9:00PM Hale Auditorium

Friday, February 28:

Chapel Presentation Embodiment, Disability and the Work of God  11:00 – 11:50am Hale Auditorium 

All events are open to the public.
ASL interpretation available upon request.


Lunch/Sessions: $15.00
Lunch/Sessions/Dinner: $25.00 
Dinner/Sessions: $15.00
Sessions only:  No charge

Vegetarian options available

The Barnes Science and Faith 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 created the Barnes Symposium to foster an annual presentation series that would address issues of science and Christian faith. 


More information:

To Register for the Barnes Science and Faith Symposium click here.

More about Dr. Warren Brown.

Book reviews for Dr. Brown’s Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion.

More about Dr. and Mrs. David Barnes.

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