Monday, October 01, 2007

Lectures at LTSP will address controversies surrounding evolution and faith

Guest lecturer: Dr. John F. Haught
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Benbow Hall
The Brossman Learning Center at LTSP
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Dr. Haught will present two lectures:
11:30 a.m. – “Science, Theology and the Origin of Life”
7:00 p.m. – “Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?”

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor from Georgetown University’s Theology Department and director and founder of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He earned his PhD and an MA from The Catholic University of America.
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Georgetown theologian John F. Haught has spent a lifetime probing the relationship between science and faith. He’ll deliver two thought-provoking lectures Oct. 16 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Why is evolution such a lightning rod for so many people of faith?

And how do faith and science “mix” when it comes to pondering concepts such as evolutionary biology? Where is God in all of this? And how can believers gain an appropriate perspective when it comes to challenging scientific matters like evolution? What do religion and science have to say to each other?

These questions and others will be considered in two sets of remarks when theologian Dr. John F. Haught speaks Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Haught is a Distinguished Research Professor from Georgetown University’s Theology Department.

Dr. Haught, a Roman Catholic, has spent his career pondering the relationship between science and faith. He offered key testimony during the 2005 “Kitzmiller vs. Dover School Board” trial in U.S. District Court during which Dover parents challenged their school board’s decision to have “Intelligent Design” as part of the public school science curriculum in their community. In that trial process Judge John Jones, a Lutheran, ruled that Intelligent Design is not science and does not properly belong in the curriculum.

At 11:30 a.m., October 16, 2007, Dr. Haught will discuss the topic, “Science, Theology and the Origin of Life.” At 7:00 p.m. that evening, he will discuss, “Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?” Both lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Haught’s appearance is generously underwritten by a grant from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, PA.

Dr. Haught has taught at Georgetown University for 38 years. He is director and founder of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He regularly presents talks on science and religion related to Einstein, Galileo, Teilhard, Whitehead, and focuses in his remarks on the disciplines of Astrobiology, Ecology, Cosmic Purpose, evolutionary materialism and scientific naturalism.

Dr. Haught has written dozens of books, including: Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (New York: Paulist Press, 2001); God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (Westview Press, 2000); Is Nature Enough: Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and a newly published work, Science and the Christian Faith (Maryknoll: Orbis press).

Dr. Haught holds his PhD and an MA from The Catholic University of America.

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