Science, Faith and the evidence for God.

Science, Faith and the evidence for God.

Guests: (extended bio below)

Atheist Bryan Gitschlag, Phd candidate on Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and Christian, molecular biologist and chemist Dr. Ian Hawkins. 

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Science, Faith and the evidence for God.

 

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Atheist Bryan Gitschlag, Phd candidate on Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and Christian, molecular biologist and chemist Dr. Ian Hawkins. 

 

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BIOS

 

Raised in a deeply Christian community, Bryan Gitschlag appreciated from a young age the question of where we come from. Inspired by his religious beliefs to study science in a quest to find answers to life's deepest questions, he spent his college years studying the Bible, world religions, and science side-by-side. After completing a bachelor of science in chemistry and biochemistry, he enrolled in graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where he is currently completing a PhD in biological sciences, with an emphasis on how life evolves and on what the evolution of life can teach us about modern health issues like disease and aging. To address these issues, his research is focused on understanding the factors governing the transmission of genetic mutations in the mitochondrial DNA from one generation to the next. Outside of the biology lab, Bryan maintains a hobby of truth-seeking by studying physics, astronomy and philosophy, which has led him to become skeptical of supernatural claims and to depart from his former beliefs. Still passionate about science and science education, Bryan pursues teaching and speaking opportunities far and wide. He has delivered lectures to audiences ranging from middle-schoolers to university students, and has presented his professional research in the peer-reviewed literature and at research conferences across the United States. He is also a member of the Genetics Society of America and the Society for the Study of Evolution.

Dr. Ian Hawkins is the Chairman of the Department of Arts and Sciences and the Science Program Coordinator at Welch College. He has Bachelor's degrees in both chemistry and biochemistry from East Carolina University, a Master's degree from Vanderbilt University in Molecular Biology, and a Doctorate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Chemistry Education. Dr. Hawkins has been teaching for over 11 years at both Welch College and Cumberland University.  


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