On Monday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus, Kenneth Miller, professor of Biology at Brown University, will present a talk entitled “Bringing Peace to the Tangled Bank: Evolution, God, and Science in America Today.” The talk is sponsored by the McDevitt Center.
Scientifically, biological evolution is the key to understanding the extraordinary diversity, beauty, and unity of life. However, for many Americans, evolution is a doctrine at odds with faith and is to be resisted at all costs. In this lecture, Dr. Miller will argue that this opposition is misguided, and even antithetical to the Christian tradition of seeing faith and reason as complementary ways of knowing. Ultimately, Miller contends, America’s religion and science debate is driven by a deep antagonism between extremists on both sides of the issue. The solution is not to split the difference, but to come to a genuine understanding and appreciation of the true depth of scientific and religious thought on the issues at hand. When this is done, both sides may come to realize, as Charles Darwin did, that there is indeed beauty, wonder, and even grandeur in the evolutionary view of life.
Kenneth Miller, Ph.D. received his doctorate from the University of Colorado. He has received 6 major teaching awards at Brown, the Presidential Citation of the American Institute for Biological Science (2005), and the Public Service Award of the American Society for Cell Biology (2006). In 2009 he was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for Advancing the Public Understanding of Science, and also received the Gregor Mendel Medal from Villanova University. In 2011 he was presented with the Stephen Jay Gould Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution, and in 2014 he received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University.
Miller is the author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul (Viking/Penguin Press, 2008) and Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (Harper Collins, 1998). He has also coauthored, with Joseph S. Levine, four different high school and college biology textbooks, which are used by millions of students nationwide.
To learn more about Kenneth Miller, we suggest listening to this brief podcast entitled “This I Believe: Evolution” or watching this short video on why evolution matters:
For more information about Dr. Miller’s lecture or the series of lectures on Science and Religion in Modern America, please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.