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Le Moyne College Hosts McDevitt Lecture on “Creation and Cosmology”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by Robert John Russell on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel. His talk is titled “Creation and Cosmology” and is part of the McDevitt lecture series on “Science and Religion in Modern America.”

Rather than approaching the relationship between Christian theology and natural science from a fixed, one-sided perspective, exploring their creative mutual interaction involves reformulating theology in light of science as well as drawing on this reformulated theology in developing topics for scientific research. This lecture illustrates the value of this approach by exploring the mutual interaction among scientific cosmology, philosophy, and creation theology.

Robert John Russell is the founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley.

He holds a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, master’s degrees in divinity and in theology and science from the Pacific School of Religion (one of nine seminaries in the GTU consortium), a master’s degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he triple-majored in physics, religion and music as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Russell is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation. For more information, call (315) 445-6200.

“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, located at www.lemoyne.edu/mcdevitt

posted on: 2/19/2013