COFAS 2021

A Virtual Conference on Faith and Science

Pursuing Science and Christian Faith for Human Flourishing

No registration required.

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A virtual gathering of scholars, professors, university students, pastors, and lifelong learners . . .

who are friends of faith, friends of science, and friends of one another, or who seek to begin or renew these friendships.

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Conference on Faith and Science

Rather than being a series of presentations of academic papers, the focus of COFAS will be informed, respectful, and productive conversations among scholarly friends.

Think of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other Inklings chatting at their weekly gatherings by the hearth of the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford. While we may have disagreements — sometimes strong disagreements — about scientific theories, theological doctrines, or beverage preferences, we are committed to love one another as brothers and sisters so that the world will know we are followers of Jesus Christ (John 13:35).

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.


February 12-13, 2021

Time (MST - Arizona Time)

Friday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


World-wide; livestream

Featuring These Speakers

Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys

Sir Colin is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Georgia Dunston

Professor Georgia Dunston

Dr. Georgia Dunston is Professor Emerita in the College of Medicine and Founding Director of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Christian Professors in these Academic Disciplines:




Biomedical and Health Sciences

Computer Science


Environmental Sciences

Historical Studies of Science

Materials & Molecular Sciences


Philosophical and Theological Studies of Science




Space Exploration


Hosting These Types of Conversations

Keynote: “Why Science and Faith Need Each Other”

Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund’s sociological research examines how identities and beliefs are related to attitudes about science and religion. She is the author of 80 research articles and six books, most recently Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (2019) and Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values that Move Us Beyond Fear (2020). Prof. Ecklund’s COFAS presentation will also be the Veritas Forum at ASU for 2021.

Register for COFAS 2021


General Audience

Registration for members of the public who wish to participate in COFAS 2021. Access to livestream and online discussion.


Student, Faculty & Clergy

Registration for college students, faculty, clergy and campus ministers who wish to participate in the virtual conference.

COFAS 2021 Sponsors

COFAS 2021 is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to the Arizona Center for Christian Studies.

Additional support is provided by Christian student and faculty organizations at Arizona State University and by Grand Canyon University, as well as by the American Scientific Affiliation, Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation; Consortium of Christian Study Centers; Faraday Institute for Science and Religion; Science for the Church, Veritas Forum, and other sponsors. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation, the Arizona Center for Christian Studies, or other sponsors.

Sponsoring organizations at Arizona State University include:

Aslan Society (Fellowship of Christian Faculty and Staff)

Give to COFAS

To provide this type of world-class programming we rely on grants and support from individuals in the community. Consider supporting COFAS to allow us to continue bringing conversations on faith on science to Arizona State University and the world.