Loving God with Your Mind: A Celebration of Christian Scholarship

Thursday, March 16, 2017

University of Northwestern – St. Paul is excited to host this evening of short presentations by three distinguished scholars. Learn what inspires our faculty about their current area of research and how they apply it to their faith. This free event includes a dessert reception following the presentations.

Here's why you should come:

  • Hear from three distinguished UNW professors
  • A great opportunity to meet professors in various departments
  • Enjoy dinner before the event—we're buying!
  • Option to spend the night, and attend classes the next day

Schedule of events

5:15 p.m. Check-in and campus tour (Billy Graham Community Life Commons)
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentations begin
8:00 p.m. Dessert reception (optional)


Online registration for this event is now closed. However, walk-ins are welcome and we will register you at the door.


Meet the professors


Melissa Mork, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychology
Chair, Department of Psychology

"Laughter in the Mourning"

Humor is often considered a frivolous luxury when one is enduring life's most solemn trials. In this talk, Dr. Mork examines the therapeutic benefits of humor and laughter when we are experiencing serious stressors. Special attention is paid to the use of humor in times of grief. 


Matthew Hyre, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Engineering
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Engineering 

“The Human Relationship to Science”

In the dialogue between science and theology, modernity often claims that truth is based on universal reason that can describe reality. In this talk, Dr. Hyre investigates challenges to the notion of a physical reality that is "out there" and considers the theological implications of incorporating humans into the laws of nature at a fundamental level.


Bradley Sickler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Program Director, MATS
Department of Biblical and Theological Studies

“Laws of Nature and God's Existence”

It has been suggested that God's existence is probable because there are natural laws. In this talk, Dr. Sickler explores that argument and shows its shortcomings, developing a different argument from laws of nature to God instead.