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The School of Religion as well as its Humanities Program and centers host a variety of events that include featured speakers, panels and lectures. Find below videos of recent events and use the links to the right to view past events.


Hinduism at Loma Linda University

Sabbath, December 2, 2017

The program explored the role and experience of Hindu students and faculty in the context of Loma Linda University Health’s mission and values. Presentations featured special guests Tahil Sharma (University of Southern California and Interfaith Youth Core) and Swasti Bhattacharrya (Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Buena Vista University). Panelists included guest presenters as well as Piyush Shelar (DPT Student, LLU School of Allied Health Professions), Chintan Somaiya (LLU Alumni & Institute for Community Partnerships, Program Director) and Dr. Manoj Shah (LLUH Pediatric Gastroenterology). Presented by the William Johnsson Center for Understanding World Religions, directed by Dr. Jon Paulien.


Evolutionary Creation - An Oxymoron?

Sabbath, November 11, 2017

Biology Professor April Maskiewicz (of Point Loma Nazarene University) presented the case for the compatibility of a high view of Scripture and biological evolution. Three brief responders followed the lecture: Kerby Oberg, an LLU medical researcher; Ronny Nalin, a Geoscience Research Institute researcher, and Marlene Ferreras, a La Sierra University theologian. Jim Walters moderated. Presented by the Humanities Program.


Will Women's Ordination Split the Church? Panel

Sabbath, October 14, 2017

The panel discussion follows the church’s Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland. Presented by the Humanities Program.


What's with Free Will? Ethics & Religion after Neuroscience: Conference

Belief in Free Will is basic to law, religion and ethics—and how we view ourselves. Two leading theologians explore Christian answers to the Free Will debate. Presented by the Humanities Program.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Philip Clayton, PhD - Science, Ethics, and Free Will: Why Neuroscience Doesn’t Ground Freedom, and What We Might Choose to do About It

Sabbath, May 20, 2017

Thomas Oord, PhD - Genuine Freedom for Creatures and for a God of Love


5th Annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture: “Why Reason Needs Religion”

March 11, 2017

Dr. Richard Rice was featured at the fifth annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture. The amazing accomplishments of science tend to obscure the truths, values, and meaning that only religion can provide.


Islam at Loma Linda University

Sabbath, January 28, 2017

The program explored the role and experience of Muslim students and faculty in the context of Loma Linda University Health’s mission and values. Presentations featured Loma Linda faculty, Dr. Gerald Winslow, and special guest Jihad Turk, president of the Islamic seminary at Claremont School of Theology. Panelists included the invited speakers, Dr. Mahmoud Torebinejad (professor, LLU School of Dentistry), Dr. Eba Hathout (professor, LLU School of Medicine), Sara Haddad Tabrizi (LLU School of Public Health, DrPH student) and Kwaja Arsalaan Ahmed (LLUMC, 4th year radiology resident). Recitations and translations were given by Dr. Nahidh Hasaniya (associate professor, LLU School of Medicine) and Dr. Shamel Abd-Allah (professor, LLU School of Medicine). This was the inaugural program of the new William Johnsson Center for Understanding World Religions, directed by Dr. Jon Paulien.