My name is Nicholas Troendle and I’m an Assistant Professor at a small, Christian, liberal arts university called MidAmerica Nazarene University. I was raised as a conservative 6-day creationist, but today, I teach biology, genetics and evolution here at MNU. Obviously, this means I have had some inner (and sometimes outer) conflict over my faith and science. But I have come to a place where I no longer feel that conflict exists between scripture/faith and science, but rather the conflict exists between our proper interpretation of the two. Because of my history of grappling with this topic, integration of science and faith in the classroom is one of my greatest passions. Knowing how difficult it can be to reconcile these two ideas on your own has given me the desire to help my students engage in these conversations with someone to help and guide them through the sometimes murky water.
For that reason, I’m very excited about this forum. Not only to engage in these conversations, but to learn from all of you. I feel that we learn the most when we openly engage with people with new and different perspectives. So, I look forward to some great conversations.