February 21, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Philip Clayton will give the talk, "The Dawkins Delusion: Constructive Religious Reflection in Light of Evolution," Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is the first in the Science and Religion Lecture Series, co-organized by the departments of biology and religion at Bucknell University.

Clayton is visiting professor of science and religion at Harvard Divinity School, and the recipient of numerous grants from the Templeton Foundation.

He has published extensively on the problem of God in modern thought and in relation to contemporary science, on historical debates between religion and science, on the relation between evolutionary theory and ethics, and on current theories of the emergence of mind or consciousness.

According to Maria Antonaccio, associate professor of religion at Bucknell, the idea for this lecture series was inspired by the controversy over intelligent design last year in the Dover, Pa., schools. Antonaccio is co-organizer of the series with Ken Field, Bucknell assistant professor of biology.

"The impact of the case on our students convinced us that the Bucknell community could benefit from an intellectually engaging lecture series on matters related to science and religion, including by not limited to the debate over intelligent design.

"The popularity of Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion, shows that these issues are of enormous interest to the general public as well. We look forward to a lively and informative lecture series by these two distinguished speakers," she said.

The second lecture in the series is scheduled for April 24. Massimo Pigliucci, professor of evolution and ecology at SUNY-Stony Brook, will discuss "Is Dawkins Deluded? On the Relationship between Science and Religion."

This lecture series has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Office of the Provost, the University Lectureship Committee, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, and the departments of biology, religion, philosophy, psychology, chemistry, and physics and astronomy.

Posted Feb. 21, 2007