Ashland University Lecture Series to Look at Science and Religion

Ashland University Lecture Series to Look at Science and Religion

9/28/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – This fall, Ashland University will host a two-part lecture series titled “Genesis and Geology” that will look at the relationship between science and religion.

The perceived conflict between science and religion has grown steadily more divisive in America over the past few decades. Scientific truths now commonly questioned by some Christians include not only evolution, but also geologic time, the Big Bang and global warming. Despite this so-called cultural war, many Christians involved in scientific research and teaching find no conflict between their faith and modern science. 

“This lecture series will examine reasons why it is still possible to occupy a middle ground between the extreme views of religious believers who deny the findings of modern geology and some scientists who use scientific findings to deny the possibility of religious faith,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Nigel Brush, professor of Geology at Ashland University, will present the initial lecture in this series on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. The title of this presentation is “The Limitations of Scientific and Theological Truth: Why Humility is a Virtue.” 

Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Distinguished Trustees’ professor of Chemistry at Ashland University, will present the second lecture on Thursday, Nov. 2, also at 7:30 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall. The title of this presentation is “How Old is the Earth and How Do We Know?”

Ashland University’s Geology program capitalizes on the University’s location close to interesting geological sites and the University’s five environmental preserves, emphasizing both field experience and strong laboratory training.  The program offers majors in Geology and  Geoscience Technology and Management, a new program that provides business expertise in addition to a strong training in geology.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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