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Le Moyne College Hosts Third Lecture in “Science and Religion in Modern America” Series

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host the third in a series of lectures on “Science and Religion in Modern America” on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel. Thomas F. Tracy will speak on “Evolution and the Problem of Evil.” The talk is free and open to the public.

If we embrace a new theology of nature according to which God’s creative purposes are realized in and through the evolutionary process, what can we say about the role of suffering and death in the world God has made? Charles Darwin himself remarked that evolutionary processes appear to be "blundering, low and horribly cruel." How is this compatible with the traditional affirmation of God’s goodness and the goodness of creation? Tracy will address these and other questions in his talk.

Thomas F. Tracy, Ph.D., is Phillips Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. His research focuses on issues in philosophy of religion and theology, and on topics in applied ethics, including medical ethics and the morality of warfare. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf’s College in philosophy and religion, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University.

“Science and Religion in Modern America” is an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal aim is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion. The central pillars of this two-year endeavor are nine public lectures by eminent scholars, which will be held over the course of three academic semesters, and a concluding conference, which will be held in the spring of 2014. All of these events will be digitally recorded and made available on the McDevitt Center website. For more information, contact the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu

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posted on: 11/5/2012