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Darwin, Catholicism, and the UA

Posted in Campus, Culture by Evan Lisull on 29 January 2009

Albertus MagnusCharles Darwin

This lecture series is all kinds of awesome:

Astronomers, biologists, authors, theologians and philosophers of science will discuss Charles Darwin and the impact his theory of evolution has on science, culture and religion for the spring 2009 St. Albert the Great Forum lecture series that starts Feb. 4.

. . .

  • Feb. 4: Charles Robert Darwin: His Life and Struggles

Thomas J. Lindell, UA professor emeritus and former acting head of the UA department of molecular and cellular biology. Lindell developed and taught UA courses in bioethics, contemporary biology in human affairs, and science and theology.

  • Feb. 18: Crackpot Theories in the Pre-dawn of Darwinism

Peter Nichols, author of “Evolution’s Captain: The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World.” Nichols, who also wrote the national bestseller, “A Voyage for Madmen,” has taught creative writing at New York University and Georgetown University.

  • March 4: Biological Evolution: What It Is and What It Isn’t

A video presentation of Joanna Masel’s lecture for the 2006 UA College of Science series, “Evolution.” Christopher J. Corbally, S.J., vice director of the Vatican Observatory Research Group, will lead a discussion after the screening. Corbally, whose research centers around the spectroscopy of stars, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the Institute on Religion in the Age of Science, and a national representative of the Vatican City State to the International Astronomical Union.

  • March 25: Highlights of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s International Conference on Biological Evolution.

William J. Stoeger, S.J., of the Vatican Observatory will present highlights from this conference, which will be held in Rome, Italy, March 3-7. Stoeger is a staff scientist for the Vatican Observatory Research Group. He specializes in theoretical cosmology, high-energy astrophysics and interdisciplinary studies in science, philosophy and theology.

  • April 15: Darwinian Evolution

Martinez (Marty) Hewlett, professor emeritus of the UA department of molecular and cellular biology. Hewlett, a molecular biologist, is author of the novel “Sangre de Cristo,” a philospher of science and an adjunct professor of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, Calif.

This series is sure to infuriate ideologues on both sides of this non-issue. While I’m content-pimping, I recently had a piece in the Kosmopolitan on conservatism and Darwinism; if you’re into that kind of thing, read it here.


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