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"Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons" McDevitt Center Science and Religion Talk by Dr. Nancey Murphy


On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Le Moyne College will host "Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons," a talk by Nancey Murphy, Ph.D., professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. The talk will take place in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne campus.

Our scientific account of the universe maintains that, over billions of years, increasingly complex entities have emerged—from hydrogen and helium atoms near the beginning to humans near the end. But how does the more complex arise out of the less complex? This lecture explains the approach to this issue developed in complex dynamical systems theory, a fascinating area of study that provides new tools for explanation and is sweeping across the sciences.

Murphy is the author of Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning (which won prizes from both the American Academy of Religion and the Templeton Foundation) and of Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? She is the co-author of Whatever Happened to the Soul; On the Moral Nature of the Universe; and Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, serves as an editorial advisor for Theology and Science and Theology Today and a corresponding editor for Christianity Today, and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. She has undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Berkeley (where she studied under the famed and iconoclastic philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend).

“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 take place 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.


posted on: 9/4/2013