The speaker for the 2018 Goshen Religion and Science Conference at Goshen College is Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal, founder and president of the Center for Islamic Sciences in Canada.
Dates for the annual conference have yet to be set, but the event is held annually in the spring. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Iqbal has lived in Canada since 1979. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1983 from the University of Saskatchewan. He then left the field of experimental science to fully devote himself to the study of Islam and its spiritual, intellectual and scientific traditions. In 2001, he was program director (for the Muslim World) for the Science-Religion Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), in Berkeley.
Iqbal says that he plans to “build a cohesive view of Qur’anic cosmology” with his Goshen lectures.
This year the theme at Goshen was the concept of the Cosmic Christ, with Niels Henrik Gregersen of the University of Copenhagen giving lectures on “The Cosmic Christ: God in a World of Mass, Energy and Information;” “Christ and Biology: Creativity and Suffering in a World of Biological Agency;” and “Christ and Culture: The Jesus Story and the Cultivation of Commitment”.
First held in 2001, the Goshen conference has hosted well-known religion and science scholars, including Philip Clayton, George Ellis, John Haught, Nancey Murphy and Phil Hefner.