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Faith and Science Issues Examined at Taylor

By Lauren Sheard Published: Apr 03, 2013

Dr. John Walton

Hebrew scholar Dr. John Walton will address issues facing faith and science during a speaking engagement at Taylor University beginning Monday, April 8, and continuing through Tuesday, April 9.

Walton’s appearance, titled Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, is sponsored by the Taylor University departments of Biblical Studies and Biology.

A professor at Wheaton College, Walton has written numerous articles, books, and book reviews on Old Testament comparative studies and commentaries. He is the author of the books Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible, The Lost World of Genesis One, and Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate.

Walton holds a PhD in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He taught for twenty years at Moody Bible Institute and has been a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton since 2001. Walton’s research has focused on comparison of culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He states, “I am saddened by how little exposure to and understanding of the Old Testament many Christians have, but I am passionate in doing whatever I can do to remedy this spiritual and theological loss.”

While at Taylor, Walton will address faculty and students of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences April 8, 4:00 p.m. A 7:00 p.m. session is open to Taylor and the surrounding community. On April 9 there will be a 4:00 p.m. session for faculty and students of Biblical Studies, Christian Education and Philosophy.

Dr. John Moore, Taylor biology professor, says of Walton’s visit, “Having Dr. Walton on campus will provide our students, faculty and the greater Upland community with an opportunity to address the text found in Genesis 1-3 from a Biblical hermeneutics approach. Often, discussion in the area of origins is solely from a scientific viewpoint which does not allow for time or interactions with our faith and understanding of Scripture. We look forward to Dr. Walton's presentations and we encourage those who come to listen, process, ask questions, and continue to grow in their faith.”