The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CT)
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Cynthia Stooksberry
Vice President for Mission & Identity

"Darwin, God, and the Cosmos: Is Faith Still Relevant in a Scientific World?"
Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University

Modern science has its roots in western religious thought, was nurtured in universities established for religious reasons, and owes some of its greatest discoveries to scientists who were people of faith. Nonetheless, on one issue after another, religion seems to be at loggerheads with scientific thought. Can science and religion truly coexist, or will they be locked forever in conflict?

Miller’s lecture will approach this question by focusing on the contentious issue of biological evolution. Is it, as critics state, time to abandon Darwin? Is the evidence for evolution as solid as scientists claim? Does the human genome show that we are unique creations, or the products of evolution? Finally, can science, today, be understood in a religious context, or have we finally reached the end of faith?

Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University, life sciences adviser to The News Hour on PBS and coauthor of the nation's leading high school biology textbook. In addition to his research work in cell biology, he has written extensively on evolution and authored two popular books: Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul.

Free and open to the public.  

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