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Integrating Science, Culture, and Faith

The Center for Research in Science (CRIS) exists to serve a community of students, scholars, and laypersons by promoting research that encompasses and extends the scope of scientific studies and addresses the inseparable relationship between science and culture, its role in classical liberal arts education, and the ancient dialogue between faith and reason.

We are certain that there can be no conflict between true science and true theology since God is the source of all truth; conflicts only arise from discrepancies in human knowledge, understanding, and interpretation. Indeed, we should never forget that science, like every other field of study, is a human affair, and is therefore always in the service of social and even political priorities.

We are very excited about inviting a series of devoted thinkers to come speak on these important subjects in the approaching academic year, and to make their teachings an integral part of the educational experience at APU. We will be sure to keep the community posted with upcoming events as the schedule develops.

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Center for Research in Science

  • APU Hosts Science and Faith Lecture on the Life of JesusAzusa Pacific University’s Center for Research in Science (CRIS) presents a Science, Faith, and Culture Lecture: The Science–Religion Dialog as if Jesus’ Life and Teachings Matter, presented by physicist and theologian, George L. Murphy, Ph. D.

Elsewhere at APU

  • APU's Leslie Wickman Discusses Big Bang DiscoveryLeslie Wickman, director of the Center for Research in Science, shares her expertise as a Christian scientist with national and local media outlets in light of the recent discovery related to the origins of the universe.
  • Theology Faculty Participate in ‘Why We Work’ ProjectAzusa Pacific University theology faculty Gary Black Jr. and Paul Shrier participated in a research project, funded by the Kern Family Foundation, examining the relationship between Christian professionals and their working lives.
  • The Science of the CrucifixionAzusa Pacific professor Cahleen Shrier details the physiological process a typical crucified victim underwent, to give new understanding to Christ's death.
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