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Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
|'Physics & God of Abraham' April 16-18|
Believers in the God of Abraham – the theistic creator-God of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions – face the challenge of integrating their faith with a scientific understanding of the universe. Each year Gonzaga University and Whitworth College co-host the Physics & the God of Abraham lecture series to explore the relationship between faith and science, particularly the Christian roots of modern science and the role Christians have played in scientific discovery.
The 2007 series will take place April 16-18, and is free and open to the public. The annual series is sponsored by Betty S. Wheeler, the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith & Learning at Whitworth, and the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com.
Following is the 2007 lecture-series schedule:
Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., is president of Gonzaga University. Rev. Spitzer, a Jesuit priest, teaches, lectures and writes on topics ranging from ethics and philosophy to the relationship between modern physics and Christian faith. He earned a master of divinity degree from the Gregorian University, a master's degree in theology from the Weston School, Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
Rev. Spitzer is the author of the books: “ The Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations” (2000) and “ Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom and the Life Issues” (2000). Also, he is the author of the upcoming book, “ New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions to Late Twentieth Century Physics and Philosophy,” submitted to Notre Dame University Press.
William Carroll is a Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science (Blackfriars, Oxford) and is a theology faculty member at the University of Oxford. Carroll has written extensively on the ways in which medieval discussions of the relationship between the natural sciences, philosophy and theology can be useful in addressing contemporary questions arising from developments in biology and cosmology. Carroll lectures internationally, and has given presentations at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and to meetings on astrophysics at the Vatican Observatory.
Carroll's recent publications include “At the Mercy of Chance? Evolution and the Catholic Tradition” in Revue des Questions Scientifiques (2006); “Galileo and the Myth of Heterodoxy” in Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (2005); and “Thomas Aquinas, Creation, and Big Bang Cosmology” in Science and Theology: Ruminations on the Cosmos (2003).
Steve Baldner is a professor of philosophy and dean of arts at St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He earned an M.A. in history from the University of Toronto, an M.S.L. from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, and a Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Toronto. Baldner's research interests include medieval and ancient philosophy; medieval theology; nature; human nature; Thomas Aquinas and Albertus Magnus.
Baldner has presented lectures, seminars and papers in the United States, Canada and Britain. His recent scholarly publications include “Prime Matter: A Thomistic Reply to Some Recent Criticisms” in Reclaiming Nature: Essays in Thomistic Philosophy and Theology (2002); “Thomas Aquinas on Celestial Matter,” in The Thomist (2004); and “Albertus Magnus and the Categorization of Motion,” also in The Thomist (2006).
For more information, contact: Brian Clayton, associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga, (509) 323-6744; or Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433.