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Distinguished Speaker Series Continues With Theology Scholar



Distinguished Speaker Series Continues With Theology Scholar

April 3, 2007- The third, and final, speaker is set for Collin County Community College District's 2006-07 Distinguished Speaker Series.

John F. Haught will continue the series' theme of religion and science with "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?" 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway. The lecture will the followed by a question-and-answer session with the speaker, and it is free and open to the public.

Haught is the distinguished research professor of theology at Georgetown University and his specialization is in systematic theology with interests in science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion. He is an author of more than a dozen books including "Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science," "Purpose, Evolution and the Meaning of Life," "God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution," "Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation," "The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose" and the forthcoming "Science and Christian Faith."

In 2002, he won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and in 2004 he received the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence.

According to Publisher's Weekly in a review of Haught's "Deeper Than Darwin: The Prospect For Religion In the Age of Evolution," he "makes a solid and sometimes elegant case that an evolutionary universe can still manifest divine purpose and promise. The basic idea of 'evolutionary theism' is nothing new. But this book invigorates the debate by interacting with more recent literature while introducing some fresh lines of argument."

Collin's Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored in cooperation with the college's Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement.

For information, contact Regina M. Hughes, director of the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement, at rhughes@collin.edu or 972.881.5900.

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