Neuroscience and the Soul Conference

CCT Annual Conference

When
Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:00 AM-7:30 PM,
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location
Biola Calvary Chapel
Contact
Rachel Dee
Registration

Free, but an RSVP is required: CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

 

Are neuroscience and Christian belief compatible?

Does the soul exist?

Are we free?

What happens when we die?

What does the brain have to do with Christian Spirituality?

 

What does contemporary neuroscience have to do with Christian belief in the soul? For thousands of years, the Christian tradition has affirmed belief in the existence of immaterial human souls, which have the capability to act freely in the world, finding rest with God beyond physical death.  

But what should we make of the Christian understanding of human persons in light of recent research in cognitive science, neuropsychology, and interpersonal neurobiology? Can we solve the mysteries of who and what we are by learning more about the brain? Is Christian belief in the existence of the soul, human freedom, and life after death consistent with neuroscience?

These questions engage a variety of disciplines and perspectives, inviting neurologists, psychologists, doctors, philosophers, and theologians into the conversation about the mystery of human nature and purpose in our neuroscientific age.

Plenary Addresses by:

John Cooper

Theologian
Calvin Theological Seminary

Joel Green

Theologian
Fuller Theological Seminary

William Hasker

Philosopher
Huntington University

 

Comments by CCT Fellows:

Robin Collins
Philosopher
Messiah College

Nancy Duvall
Psychologist
Biola University

Emily Esch
Philosopher
St. Benedict & St. John’s Univ.

Stewart Goetz
Philosopher
Ursinus College

 

William Hurlbut

Physician/Ethicist
Stanford University

JP Moreland

Philosopher
Talbot School of Theology

Timothy O’Connor

Philosopher
Indiana University

 

 

Doug Huffman
Theologian
Biola University

Veli-Matti Karkkainen
Theologian
Fuller Theological Seminary

Eric LaRock
Philosopher
Oakland University

Jason McMartin
Theologian
Biola University

 

Brad Strawn

Psychologist
Fuller Theological Seminary

Richard Swinburne

Philosopher
University of Oxford

Dean Zimmerman

Philosopher
Rutgers University

 

 

Jason Runyan
Neuropsychology, Indiana Wesleyan University

Kevin Seybold
Psychology
Grove City College

Dan Speak
Philosopher
Loyola Marymount University

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY

8:00-8:30 AM

8:30-8:45 AM

8:45-9:55 AM
 




10:10-11:20 AM
 





11:20-12:00 PM
 



12:00-1:45 PM

1:45-2:55 PM
 







3:05-4:15 PM
 







4:15-5:00 PM
 


5:30-7:30 PM

 

Registration

Welcome Remarks

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF PROVING DETERMINISM
Richard Swinburne
Comments by Jason Runyan and Dan Speak

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, SCIENCE, AND THE HUMAN SOUL
Tim O'Connor
Comments by Emily Esch and Eric LaRock

Panel Discussion
Swinburne, Runyan, Speak, O'Connor, Esch, LaRock

Lunch

ON DOING WITHOUT A SOUL: A NEW TESTAMENT PERSPECTIVE
Joel Green
Comments by Doug Huffman




WHOSE INTERPRETATION? WHICH ANTHROPOLOGY? BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS AND THE BODY-SOUL DEBATE
John W. Cooper
Comments by Jason McMartin


Panel Discussion
Green, Huffman, Cooper, McMartin

Friday Evening Banquet:
SUBSTANCE DUALISM AND SOME VARIETIES OF PROPERTY DUALISM
Dean Zimmerman
*There is a $9.00 charge for attending the banquet

SATURDAY

8:00-8:30 AM

8:30-8:45 AM

8:45-9:55 AM
 




10:10-11:20 AM
 





11:20-12:00 PM

 


12:00-1:45 PM

1:45-2:55 PM
 







3:05-4:15 PM
 







4:15-5:00 PM

 

Registration

Welcome Remarks

THE DIALECTIC OF SOUL AND BODY
William Hasker
Comments by Stew Goetz


MENTAL VS. TOP-DOWN CAUSATION: SIC ET NON
JP Moreland
Comments by Robin Collins



Panel Discussion
Hasker, Moreland, Goetz, Collins


Lunch

THE BRAIN, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND HUMAN MEANING: CASE STUDIES FROM NEUROSCIENCE
William Hurlbut
Comments by Veli-Matti Karkkainen

THE UNBEARABLE EMBEDDEDNESS OF BEING: TOWARD A POST-CARTESIAN PSYCHOTHERAPY
Brad Strawn
Comments by Kevin Seybold and Nancy Duvall

Panel Discussion
Hurlbut, Karkainnen, Strawn, Seybold, Duvall

 

 

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