We have a great lineup for the Annual Meeting. The dates will be May 9-10 (Friday night and Saturday morning and afternoon), in Pittsburgh. The theme is “When did Adam live, and what are the stakes in our answer to that question?” The plenary speakers on Friday night are:
Fuz Rana, Reasons to Believe, author, with Hugh Ross, of Who Was Adam?
Jack Collins, Professor, Covenant Theological Seminary, author of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care
Ann Gauger, Biologic Institute, author, with Douglas Axe and Casey Luskin, of Science and Human Origins.
On Saturday morning, we will have two more speakers with excellent credentials on this topic:
Jerry Bergman, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Northwest State Community College and adjunct professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, speaking on “An evaluation of the chromosomal fusion claim.”
Thomas Headland, Senior Anthropology Consultant, SIL International, speaking on “Current views on human origins: What the anthropologists are saying, and what does this Christian anthropologist think?”
Both have authored over 100 articles and several books.
The views of these authors have some significant divergences. This will not exactly be a “debate,” but I am sure there will be some spirited discussion! One of the main topics of disagreement is the status of Neanderthals. Most scientists agree that modern humans date to 50,000-100,000 BC, but Neanderthals go back much further and overlap with modern humans. Were Neanderthals human? Was Adam a Neanderthal? Or were Neanderthals more like “orcs” who fought against humans? Theologically, could there have been a race of sentient creatures without the image of God? Were these who Cain feared? Much to discuss.
Following these talks we will have a panel discussion with all the speakers, moderated by David Snoke, professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In the afternoon, we will have contributed talks. Members are welcome to submit abstracts for contributed talks by email to email@example.com.
Don’t miss out, and pass the word on to others! As always, the annual meeting is free to members (both associate and full). The registration fee for non-members is $25. Click here to register. Those who might be interested in staying in the homes of local Christians should indicate this in the comments box; in general this can be arranged with enough lead time. Also, consider making a donation to help defray travel costs for speakers and young scientists.
May is always a beautiful time of year in Pittsburgh. If there is interest, we will arrange a scientific tour of the Phipps Conservatory, which has recently invested in and opened a “100% green” building.