EVOLUTION & GOD SYMPOSIUM AT CASE WESTERN
World-Renowned Authors Will Speak on Relations between Evolution and Religion
CLEVELAND - - It’s been a century and a half since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but the effects of his revolutionary scientific work continue to reverberate throughout theology, philosophy and politics. Many Americans today hear more about evolution from evangelists opposed to the idea than they do from science teachers, and states continue to argue over whether, and how, evolution should be taught in high schools.
This highly-charged nexus of religion and politics has created many false impressions about the history of evolutionary theory and its relation to society. To help create a more accurate picture Case’s History and Philosophy of Science program is sponsoring the symposium “Evolution and God: 150 Years of Love and War Between Science and Religion.” It will take place October 15-17 in Strosacker Auditorium on the Case Quad, and is free and open to the public.
The public is invited to lunch with the authors on Sat Oct 16. Box lunch is $14 and must be pre-paid by Oct 8.
Here is the schedule of events for the weekend. All events are free and open to the public:
Friday, October 15:
11 a.m. James Moore, reader in the History of Science and Technology at Open University in England and author of the best-selling biography Darwin, and The Post-Darwinian Controversies, will speak on “Wallace in Wonderland: The story of Darwin’s Soul Mate and His Ill-fated Spiritual Science,” in 206 Clark Hall,11130 Bellflower Road.
7 p.m. Ken Miller, author of Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution and author of several biology textbooks, will speak on “Making Peace Between Science and Religion” in Strosacker Auditorium
Saturday, October 16 (all events in Strosacker Auditorium):
8:30 a.m. Opening prayer led by Reverend George Murphy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron (; welcome from Lynn Singer, Case deputy provost; and introductions by Alan Rocke, director of the History and Philosophy of Science program, and Patricia Princehouse, who will moderate.
9 a.m. James Moore will speak on "Darwin: A Devil's Chaplain?” asking the questions “How dangerous was Darwin's science?” and “What role did he give God?
10 a.m. Ron Numbers, the Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine and former chair of the department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin -Madison, and author of The Creationists and Darwinism Comes to America will speak on “The Many Faces of Creationism.”
11 a.m. Keith Miller, a geologist at Kansas State University and evangelical Christian and editor of Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, will speak on “God’s Evolving Creation: Taking both Science and Theology Seriously.”
12 p.m. Box lunch with speakers (must pre-register by Oct )
1:15 p.m. Ken Miller will speak on "Looking for God in all the Wrong Places: The Theological Perils of 'Intelligent Design'”
2:15 p.m. Ed Larson, the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History and the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law at the University of Georgia, and author of Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory and the Pulitzer Prize-winning. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion will speak on “The Origins of the Discovery Institute.”
3:15 p.m. Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and in the department of history and author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design will speak on "Neo-Creationism: Where's the Harm in That?"
4:30 p.m. Lawrence Krauss, chair and Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy at Case, will moderate a panel discussion among Cleveland-area members of the Ohio Board of Education on "Quality Science Education in Ohio's Public Schools. Panelists will include Virgil Brown, Rob Hovis and Martha Wise.
Sunday, October 17 (all events in Strosacker):
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Poster session in the Strosacker lobby.
9 a.m. Eric Kennedy, a senior at Case, will speak on “Personal Faith and Darwin’s Origin of Species” .
9:30 a.m. Patricia Princehouse, Dept of Philosophy at Case, will speak on “Stephen Jay Gould, Darwinism, and the Uses of Creationism”
10:15 a.m. Sander Gliboff, asst prof in the History and Philosophy of Science department at Indiana University, will speak on “Creativity without Creation: Evolutionary History According to Ernst Haeckel”
11 a.m. Martin Fichman, professor of Humanities and History at York University in Toronto, and author of An Elusive Victorian: The Evolution of Alfred Russel Wallace, will speak on “Wallace’s Evolutionary Cosmology.”
11:45 a.m. Reverend George Murphy, Pastoral Associate at St. Paul's, adjunct faculty member at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and author of Toward a Christian View of a Scientific World, and The Cosmos in the Light of the Cross will speak on “Evolution and the Centrality of the Cross.”
For further information visit the symposium’s web site at the web address below, or call Alan Rocke at (216) 368-2614.
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