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Jewell speaker examines intersection of religion and science
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 8, 2011

William Jewell College presents Dr. Richard Grigg, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., for two lectures examining the relationship between religion and science March 29 and 30 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus in Liberty, Mo. The public is invited to attend and no tickets or reservations are required.

Dr. Grigg will address “The Common Goals of Religion and Science: Toward a Self-Transcending Humanism” at 7:30 p.m. March 29. His second lecture will focus on “The God of Science Versus the God of Religion” at 10:15 a.m. March 30.

Dr. Grigg’s most recent book, Beyond the God Delusion! (2008), offers a way to harmonize what he defines as ‘radical theology’ with both science and religion. He received his M.Div. from Drew University and his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Grigg’s research interests focus on the modern developments in systematic theology, contemporary religious thought, and the dialogue between theology and science. His teaching responsibilities at Sacred Heart include introduction to religious studies, contemporary Catholic and Protestant thought, and religious perspectives on literature and film. He has been a member of the Religious Studies Program at Sacred Heart University since 1985.

Dr. Grigg’s lectures are part of William Jewell’s “Perspectives on the Common Good” lecture series, incorporating the Walter Pope Binns Lectures and the Cope Lecture on Science, Technology and the Human Experience. The Binns Lecture is named for Dr.Walter Pope Binns, who served as president of William Jewell from 1943 to 1962. A pastor, writer, counselor and educator, Dr. Binns epitomized the compatibility of intellectual curiosity and uncompromising Christian commitment. The Binns Lecture was endowed in 1980 by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation of Georgia to enhance intellectual inquiry within the Christian tradition at William Jewell. The Cope Lecture is named for Dr. James Cope, a Jewell alumnus of the class of 1937 and a physician. The Cope Lecture provides an ongoing examination of relevant scientific issues viewed within a context of contemporary technology and social ethics.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of two million.

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