- Friday, March 9, 2018
- 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
- Science Building 110
Speaker: C. Renee Sparks, GEO Department, Calvin College
Field opportunities are abundant in geology: We travel to Montana to teach Big Sky Geology or journey to Hawaii to study volcanoes. We traverse Scotland to study the development of geological sciences within the context of Earth history. These places are awe-inspiring in their landscapes, let alone the tectonic forces, chemical reactions, and time necessary to produce them. How can we help our students use these awe-inspiring experiences to grow in their Christian faith? God is revealing His character through His Good Creation and of course, His character is revealed in Scripture as well. Teaching at Calvin College, we have the privilege of recognizing both and sharing that with our students. In this presentation, we will consider passages in Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Gospels to see how Scripture complements what we see manifested in Creation as geology. It is important to recognize that growing in the faith not only occurs because of knowledge and understanding.
We will also explore opportunities for growth in the field through purposeful prayer, intentional fellowship around the dinner tables, and reserved time for praise and worship.