Science and religion to unite at College of Charleston talk by Michael Dowd

The Rev. Michael Dowd will speak Wednesday at the College of Charleston.

Science and religion will unite at the College of Charleston on Wednesday when evolutionary theologian, bestselling author and Big History evangelist the Rev. Michael Dowd speaks.

The event, open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the F. Mitchell Johnson Physical Education Center, 28 George St., Room 206.

This lecture brings together several college departments to encourage critical thinking and openmindedness.

Sponsors include the departments of biology, graduate and undergraduate environmental studies and First Year Experience.

“Religion and science each gives us a way to make sense of being alive on Earth,” said Todd LeVasseur, religious studies instructor and the event’s organizer.

“There are so many scientific and religious beliefs about life, and Michael Dowd’s presentation will combine insights from both in really interesting ways,” LeVasseur said.

Big History is an emerging academic discipline that examines history from a scientific viewpoint, from the Big Bang to the present.

Dowd will discuss science and religion, not as opposites but rather as a unified lens through which to view the world.

His speech, “The Sacred Side of Science: Religious Naturalism,” will focus on investigating human-Earth interactions and how believers in science, religion or both conceive these relations.

Dowd’s book, “Thank God for Evolution,” was endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists, skeptics and a range of religious leaders.

Since 2002, he and his science writer wife, Connie Barlow, have traveled North America to address more than 1,800 religious and secular groups.

Their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Discover and national TV news outlets.

For more about the event, con- tact LeVasseur at levasseurtj@cofc.edu.

For more about Dowd, go to http://michaeldowd.org.

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