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

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host the second in a series of lectures on “Science and Religion in Modern America” on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. Wesley J. Wildman will speak on “The Three Domains of Science and Religion.” The talk is free and open to the public.

In today’s world the interaction between science and religious faith has had a significant impact on many areas of society. In his talk, Wildman will explore three of these areas; the scientific study of religion, spirituality and health research, and the dialogue between science and religion. The mutual impact that science and religious faith have had upon one another in each of these areas will be evaluated.

Wesley J. Wildman is professor of philosophy, theology and ethics at the Boston University School of Theology. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Society for Science and Religion. He is founding director of the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (a research institute devoted to the scientific study of religion) and founding co-editor of the institute’s Taylor & Francis journal Religion, Brain and Behavior. His research pursues a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to important topics within religious and theological studies. His religious naturalist view of the human condition is presented in his “Science and Religious Anthropology” (Ashgate, 2009). His “Religious and Spiritual Experiences” (Cambridge University Press, 2011) presents a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of religious experience.

Wildman directs the doctoral programs in Christian theology, comparative theology and in science, philosophy, and religion at Boston University. He is ordained in the Uniting Church of Australia (a union of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational denominations). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Flinders University, Australia; a B.D. degree from University of Sydney, Australia; and a doctorate from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif.

“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

posted on: 10/2/2012