March 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Evolution and Creation: Conflicting or Compatible, March 26

Dr. Patricia Kelley

Dr. Patricia Kelley

The Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies presents the Kitzmiller Lecture commemorating the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover court ruling on Thursday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Patricia Kelley, Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her talk is on “Evolution and Creation: Conflicting or Compatible.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies and the departments of Geological Sciences and Biological Sciences at Ohio University.

Abstract: Many Americans view science and religion as incompatible, concluding that acceptance of evolution precludes religious faith. This lecture addresses whether evolution is in conflict with creation or whether there is a valid way to reconcile the two. Much of the controversy can be linked to inadequate understanding of what science is, how it differs from religion, and what is meant by evolution. The lecture distinguishes science from religion, clarifies various meanings of evolution, and presents evidence for evolution and the mechanisms by which it occurs. It also examines the Biblical creation accounts and creationist approaches such as Intelligent Design to assess the compatibility of evolution with faith-based perspectives. Results of modern Biblical scholarship reinforce the idea that faith and evolution need not conflict.

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