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A Public Colloquium on Faith, Reason and Evolution

Faith, Reason and Evolution - A Public Colloquium

How did we get here? It is perhaps the most enduring question of human existence, yet one that has proven no less controversial than it has polarizing. The Bible tells a story of divine creation. Evolutionary biologists assert we are the product of millions of years of evolutionary struggle and unplanned adaptation. Increasingly, public discourse about the issue has disintegrated into a rancorous divide played out in school board meetings and court hearings, on pulpits and political podiums.

Bowdoin College will host a public symposium to address this controversy and offer a thoughtful environment for sharing a wide view of ideas and viewpoints about creation and evolution.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Biology, History and Philosophy Departments
Contact Bruce Kohorn, Dallas Denery or Scott Sehon for further information. 725 3582

Meeting One: Genesis and the Creation of the World

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Public Talk
Jon D. Levenson“What is Genesis 1 all About?”
Jon D. Levenson
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies
Harvard University
Time: 4:00
Location:  151 Cleveland
Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School and an expert in the history of the Jewish bible. He is the author of numerous books, including Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale University Press, 2006), The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity (Yale University Press, 1993), and Creation and the Persistence of Evil: The Jewish Drama of Divine Omnipotence (Harper and Row, 1988).

Public Forum
Understanding Genesis
Jon D. Levenson (Harvard Divinity School)
Dallas G. Denery II (Bowdoin College)
Robert Morrison (Bowdoin College)
Moderator: Bruce Kohorn (Bowdoin College)
Time: 7:30
Location: Kresge Auditorium
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Meeting Two: Faith, Belief and Reason

Friday, November 7, 2008
Public Talk
Patrick H. Byrne“Why Do People Think Science And Faith  Are Incompatible?”
Patrick H. Byrne
Professor of Philosophy
Boston College
Time: 4:00
Location: Cleaveland 151 (new venue)
Patrick H. Byrne is a professor of philosophy at Boston College where he specializes in the philosophy of science and 20th-century theology. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Analysis and Science in Aristotle (SUNY, 1997) and the editor of The Dialogue Between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from One Another (Scranton, 2005)

Public Forum
Faith, Belief and Reason
Time: 7:30
Location: Kresge Auditorium
Patrick H. Byrne (Boston College)
Elizabeth Pritchard (Bowdoin College
Scott Sehon (Bowdoin College)

Meeting Three: Religion and Evolution

Friday, November 14, 2008
Public Talk
Edward HumesTalk Radio Evolution: The War on Science and the Second Coming of Scopes
Edward Humes
Time: 4:00
Location: Cleaveland 151 (new venue)
Edward Humes is the author of nine nonfiction books, writer at large for Los Angeles Magazine, a former newspaper reporter, and a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Book Award. His most recent book is Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion and the Battle for America's Soul (Ecco Books, 2007)

Public Forum
Religion and Evolution
Time: 7:30
Location: Kresge Auditorium
Edward Humes (Journalist, Author)
Nat Wheelwright (Bowdoin College)
Paul Franco (Bowdoin College)