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Le Moyne College Hosts First McDevitt Lecture on Science and Religion in Modern America

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host the first in a series of lectures on “Science and Religion in Modern America” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel. Francisco J. Ayala will speak on “Evolution, Creation and Intelligent Design.” His talk is free and open to the public.

Scientific evolution is a very creative process whereby scientists seek to explain by natural processes even the most complex of living organisms. This scientific quest as such neither asserts nor denies the work of a creator God. Some scientists have invoked the need for intelligent design and, therefore, a designer. In so doing they are stepping outside the bounds of science, according to Ayala.

Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., is University Professor, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (N.A.S.) and a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science. He served as chair of the Authoring Committee of “Science, Evolution and Creationism,” published in 2008 by the N.A.S. and the Institute of Medicine. Ayala has written numerous books and articles about the intersection of science and religion, including “Am I a Monkey?” and “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion.” Ayala teaches and conducts research in the areas of evolution, genetics and the philosophy of biology. He holds a doctorate from Columbia 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, please contact the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.


posted on: 8/27/2012