Ronny Nalin obtained his education at the University of Padova, Italy, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences. Beginning in 2007, he has worked as a Research Scientist at Geoscience Research Institute and is Adjunct Professor of Geology at Loma Linda University, USA. His research interests focus on the sedimentology of non-tropical carbonates, especially from the Mediterranean area, and sequence stratigraphy of shallow marine sedimentary deposits. He has published several papers on these subjects in international journals of sedimentary geology. His personal spiritual journey has gradually led him to value faith and science as sources of knowledge and understanding in life.
Human Evolution and the Fossil Record
The creationist understanding of Scripture, whereby humans are the product of a divine act of special creation, conflicts with the evolutionary hypothesis of descent with modification from ancestral primates. What is the fossil evidence with regard to human evolution? How is it supportive and how is it challenging for the hypothesis? How are hominid fossil remains interpreted in a creationist framework? This talk will provide a brief discussion of these issues that are particularly relevant given the strong social and ethical implications attached to the topic.
It’s All About Time
How long has life on planet Earth been around for? The answer to this question is one of the most significant areas of conflict between a traditional reading of Scripture and the current conventional scientific understanding of origins. In this talk, we will try to review some of the evidence that leads modern Geology to the conclusion of a long chronology for life on Earth. There is, indeed, a recent trend towards acceptance of evidence for rapid and catastrophic activity in the rock record. However, a naturalistic explanation for several geological processes and observations still requires a length of time which is not easily reconciled with biblical chronology.
A Treasure in Jars of Clay
Two were the main arguments used by the serpent to convince Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil: a) the promise of divine omniscience (You will be like God), and b) the suggestion that God wanted to prevent humans from experiencing and knowing reality (God does not want you to eat from any tree of the garden). In this talk, we suggest that Christians are called to find a way between these two extremes. Godless science does not represent an answer for the needs of the world. However, we should not think of science as a dangerous enterprise. The process of integrating empirical evidence in a faith-based worldview can sometimes lead us to experience tension and uncertainty. We believe that the difficulty of finding definitive answers may very well be part of our existential condition. Inner peace comes through acceptance of the limits of our understanding.