Loretta is a research scientist and employee of the startup company Miniprobes based at the University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Western Australia where she also discovered a keen interest in theology, which led her to pursue two years of study in Theology focusing on the conversation between science and faith at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Loretta’s work is driven by her desire to see the great value of scientific solutions wonderfully applied to make a difference in real world problems and to encourage colleagues and friends to know God’s good news for their lives and for the world. Loretta lives in Adelaide and is a member of CityLight church in Glenelg, where she loves helping with the children’s ministry and encouraging the next generation to search for God’s truth.
Desciption: If you’ve ever engaged in conversation about evolution in a church setting, or broached the subject of faith in a science lab, then you will know that the discussion on evolution and belief in God is a sticky one for anybody. So how do we begin talking about this issue that seems to trigger such a strong response?
In my talk I will present the major views that exist around Genesis vs evolutionary explanations of how humanity came to be, and I will identify the key concepts in these views that we can think about for our own engagement and discussion of the topic. Specifically, I will talk about Genesis as a true depiction of God’s creative activity; evolution as a scientific-level explanation and a possible mechanism for creation; and the various ways these have been fit together, or not, to date. I hope to show that it is worth us having these discussions, to bring truthful Christian understanding into both arenas, while keeping the focus of our hearts on Christ, whatever stance you may take or whatever you find are the biggest challenges.