Reality – How science and theology can never get along. How science and theology can get along.
Presented by John Ensworth
This talk is an introduction to the topics covered in the upcoming book “Reality” (which will hit bookshelves and downloads late 2020 under the Covenant Publishing label) by John Ensworth. Public feedback and discussion is strongly encouraged at the end of the presentation.
“Reality” is an investigation of the world around you and inside you; seen and unseen. It explores the internal concept of reality you experience, the real-world reality around you, and the place of the supernatural reality that is the subject of many Christian sermons.
You will see reality from two very different points of view; that of the scientist and that of the theologian. It is an exploration of the firewall that separates those two approaches to explaining and describing reality.
In “Reality” you’ll explore how randomness is the ultimate limit of understanding in science and should be regarded as holy to the theologian. This randomness also extends to how change over time comes about and how biological evolution is the special theory of evolution; in fact, everything changes over time via evolution.
John Ensworth is currently the Principal Investigator of the NASA SMD Independent Education Product Review at the IGES, which is a non-profit organization formed, in part, to conduct independent reviews on all Earth and space science education products produced by or created for NASA . His position is the one responsible for conducting these reviews and helping with NASA education and outreach efforts through the Web and at large education conferences (i.e. NSTA, NCTM, and the ASP) that introduce the products that are scientifically accurate and appropriate for the educational audience they are intended for. In the 90’s Mr. Ensworth was a masters’ student and a PhD candidate in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches physics and mathematics at a number of online universities. He earned undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy, and geography and meteorology with an emphasis in math and computer science. You can view a Webcam of his backyard observatory (Cherrywood Observatory) in Longmont
The observatory is just north of the high school at 1600 Manford Ave. Park in the teacher’s parking lot adjacent to the observatory. The doors will open at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30 pm. The presentation, including a question and answer period, lasts about an hour. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will look through the 16 inch dome telescope at various celestial objects.
The lecture is free to the public and no reservations necessary. Just come and join the party and be ready to ask questions! For more information, please call the observatory at 970-586-5668