Previous McDevitt Center lecturer, Michael Ruse, Ph.D. (Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science) and Michael Patterson, Ph.D. (Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary) participated in a debate on Christian Theism and Atheistic Naturalism on October 2, 2013.
In this debate, Dr. Michael Ruse and Dr. Michael Peterson considered this issue at the level of worldview explanation as well as with respect to specific topics such as: science; origins; mind and rationality; morality; and pain, suffering, and evil.
Peterson contends that “[t]he high profile ‘science-religion’ and ‘atheism-faith’ controversies in culture and academia reflect deeper philosophical commitments about science and other areas of knowledge. A classically orthodox understanding of Christianity has rich intellectual content that can engage other positions which take empirical science as the basis for a total worldview that rejects any higher meaning.” Ruse supports atheistic naturalism and states that “Christianity has had its day – a very long day – but it just doesn’t work. It is internally incoherent, socially regressive, and out of step with science. Retreat after retreat – a young earth, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Flood, women inferior, gays immoral – false, false, false. The time has come for America to move forward from the past at least to the twentieth century if not later.” Each argues that his perspective makes better sense of science, evolution, rationality, morality, and other important phenomena than his opponent’s perspective.
This article was written by Asbury Theological Seminary and appeared on their website on September 20, 2013.
Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, is bringing a unique learning opportunity to Le Moyne College students as a Google Glass Explorer. The Google Glass Explorer Program is designed for those interested in helping to shape the future of Google Glass.
Grabowski and the undergraduate McDevitt Information Systems Scholars are collaborating with both the iSchool at Syracuse University and Cindi Turner, associate professor of music and director of the Cornell Wind Ensemble at Cornell University. Nick Olin ’15 and Ashley Strazzella ’14, two McDevitt IS Scholars, met with Bob O’Brien and Braden Croy from the Syracuse iSchool about a collaborative Google Glass project in emergency medicine. Nick is investigating the use of Google Glass in emergency medicine and Ashley is exploring the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. James Cochran ’14 is looking at gender and identity issues with Google Glass and Rebecca Wolf ’14 is exploring Glass’ privacy, authentication and security issues. Chris Pichardo ’15 is looking at the use of Glass in small and medium size businesses by different types of users. Nate Frechette ’13 and Aidan Cunniffe/iSchool ’16 are developing Glass applications for the iSchool.
On October 30th, Grabowski and Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Travis Newton, Director of Music at Le Moyne College, traveled to Cornell University to meet with Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble. Turner, also a Google Glass Explorer, is using Google Glass to “pursue such ideas with the Glass as an app to embed a condensed score, streaming video from the Glass to give a conductor’s- or musician’s-eye view, embedding a metronome and tuner, and measuring student body/eye movement” (Cornell Chronicle).
This Spring, Grabowski and her McDevitt Scholars plan to test Glass in a research project during an emergency medicine drill at Le Moyne College. Grabowski is also seeking additional opportunities to bring Google Glass into the Information Systems classrooms at Le Moyne, with the hopes of purchasing a classroom set.
On Monday, November 25 in New York City, Tyler Dygert ’15, Joe Miller ’16 and their mentor, Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, will participate in a ‘Shark Tank’ evaluation of BNY Mellon’s top Big Data projects. Tyler and Joe are collaborating with BNY Mellon’s Chief Information Officer, Suresh Kumar, and their Chief Data Officer, Dave Gleason on one of the company’s winning Big Data projects.
This opportunity is possible due to the support of Le Moyne’s Information Systems Program Advisory Board members and Madden Mentors, Frank Perrelli and Mike Dermody, who routinely seek to engage Le Moyne students in all aspects of corporate business operations.
The Rev. George V. Coyne of Le Moyne College addressed that question, and the importance of respecting the richness of religious faith and scientific research, in the semiannual Beggs Lecture on Science, Spirituality and Society, Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Sage Chapel.
Coyne is the McDevitt Professor of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne and a former director of the Vatican Observatory. His talk, “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: An Interplay of Science and Religion,” was presented by Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) and was free and open to the public.
“The universe is 13.7 billion years old, and it contains about 100 billion galaxies, each of which contains on the average 200 billion stars of an immense variety,” Coyne writes. “As these stars live and die, they provide the chemicals necessary for the evolution of life. We came to be in this universe. Did we come about by chance or by necessity?”
Another important element, he says, is “what we might call the ‘fertility’ of the universe. By science we see the dance of the fertile universe, a ballet with three ballerinas: chance, necessity and fertility. In this light I am going to present in broad strokes what I think is some of the best of our modern scientific understanding of the universe, and then I will ask the question at the end: ‘Did God do it?’”
The Robert W. and Mabel De Motte Beggs Lectureship on Science, Spirituality and Society is named for a former CURW chaplain and his wife, both of whom were firm believers in cooperation and understanding among diverse religions. Upon their deaths they bequeathed an endowment for a lectureship on topics in ethics and public policy, comparative religions and the interplay between science and religion. Beggs conceived of the lectureship as hosting speakers who illustrate how “science and religious spirituality can work hand-in-hand for a better world society.”
This article was written by Daniel Aloi and appeared in the Cornell Chronicle on November 5, 2013.
Dr. Anne Clifford will be speaking at Le Moyne on Tuesday, November 19th as part of the McDevitt Center’s initiative devoted to Science and Religion in Modern America. Her talk, at 7pm in the Panasci Family Chapel, is free and open to the public.
In preparation for Dr. Clifford’s lecture, we would like to provide our readers with an opportunity to become more familiar with her background and research.
A prolific author, Dr. Clifford has published many articles and books on theology and science, ecological theology, and feminist theology. Her 2001 monograph, Introducing Feminist Theology (Orbis Books) which received a Catholic Press Association Award, considers how women from various backgrounds would respond to the questions “what is feminist theology” and “why is it important? In a 2001 review of the text, Nancy Dallavalle, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Fairfield University, wrote, “This book stands out as a thorough introduction that admirably balances user-friendly elements…with a wealth of scholarly detail that illumines but does not overwhelm. Readers will be grateful to Anne Clifford for bringing to such generous fruition the work of her happy engagement with feminist theology.”
Read the complete review here: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/INTRODUCING+FEMINIST+THEOLOGY.-a075021443
In 2008, Dr. Clifford participated in a short interview conducted by U.S. Catholic. In this video, she responds to five questions, displaying a more personal and comical side. Watch as she discusses who she admires most, her favorite place on earth, what she does to both help and pollute the earth, and her favorite story from scripture:
On Tuesday, November 19, Anne Clifford, Ph.D., James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University, will speak at Le Moyne College. Her lecture is entitled “Seeking a Theology Earth Can Live With.” This talk will draw on Catholic creation faith and social justice principles to propose a pro-life theology our planet can live with. The event will be held in the Panasci Family Chapel at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Holding advanced degrees in theology from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago (M.A.), and The Catholic University of America (Ph.D.), Clifford’s research interests center around Catholic Theology and Catholic Social Thought, Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics, Feminist Theology and Spirituality, and Theology and the Natural Sciences. In addition to being a prolific lecturer, Clifford has written several books, articles, and book chapters, including the forthcoming Creation and the Natural Sciences (Orbis Books), Christology: Memory, Inquiry and Practice (Orbis Books, 2003), and “Trees, Living Symbols of Peace and Hope, Wangari Maathai and Ecofeminist Theology” in Confronting Climate Change, Catholic Theological Perspectives (Marquette University Press, 2012).
For additional information on this upcoming lecture, or any lecture in the “Science and Religion in Modern America” series, please contact the McDevitt Center at email@example.com or 315-445-6200.
Dara DeGenarro ’15 and Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, will be traveling to Prudhoe Bay and Juneau, Alaska from Nov. 10-14 to work on the Arctic Oil Spill Logistics project with the Coast Guard. Hosted by Alaska Clean Seas (Alaska’s largest oil spill response organization), they will meet at the BP/Prudhoe Bay oil and gas production facility, with various oil industry representatives, and visit the Coast Guard research sponsors in Juneau on November 13-14. In her work as a McDevitt Scholar, Dara is analyzing shipping traffic in the Bering Strait.
Several McDevitt Scholars are working in collaboration with Syracuse University’s iSchool on a Google Glass project. Nick Olin ’15 and Ashley Strazzella ’14, met with Bob O’Brien and Braden Croy from the Syracuse iSchool about a collaborative Google Glass project. Nick is investigating the use of Google Glass in emergency medicine and Ashley is exploring the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. James Cochran ’14 is looking at gender and identity issues with Google Glass and Rebecca Wolf ’14 is exploring Glass’ privacy, authentication and security issues. Chris Pichardo ’15 is looking at the use of Glass in small and medium size businesses by different types of users.
These projects have opened up an opportunity to use Glass at Le Moyne. The Scholars plan to test Glass in a research project during an emergency medicine drill in Spring 2014.
The McDevitt Scholars will also be headed to Cornell next Wednesday, October 30th to meet with Cindi Turner, associate professor of music and director of the Cornell Wind Ensemble. Prof. Turner is using Google Glass in orchestra conducting. Together, they will discuss further collaborative opportunities in Visual and Performing Arts wearable computing research.
At 7 p.m. tonight in the Panasci Family Chapel, Dr. Michael Ruse, professor and director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, will speak on “Does Evolution Have a Purpose?”
The Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries introduced a change of metaphors, from the world seen organically to the world seen mechanically. No longer was there place for ends or final causes in science. Instead, everything was supposed to be understood simply in terms of matter in motion. Biology, however, proved to be remarkably recalcitrant. As Immanuel Kant concluded, it seems impossible to think of individual organisms without appeal to purposes and, as life scientists sought non-biblical solutions to origins, they replaced the Judeao-Christian, human-centered history with a history based on progress culminating in humans – from Providence to Progress.
This lecture examines evolutionary biology today and asks whether teleology or end-directed thinking has finally been left behind or continues to lurk even in the minds of the most stridently naturalistic thinkers. Ruse is a worldwide expert on the relationship between religion and science. His work has focused especially on the convoluted relationship between the American public and Darwinian evolution; he famously testified in McLean vs. Arkansas in 1981 that creation science — a form of Christian creationism that claims to be scientifically valid — should not be allowed in public science classes, because it features virtually none of the characteristics of true science.
The talk is the part of the Fall 2013 “Science and Religion in Modern America” lecture series, an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal goal is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion.
In preparation for Dr. Michael Ruse’s lecture at Le Moyne College on Thursday, October 24, we would like to provide our readers with an opportunity to become more familiar with his background and research.
In this interview, conducted at the 2013 International Summer School on Evolution and organized by the University of Lisbon’s Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, Dr. Ruse discusses the Philosophy of Biology and how it differs from the study of Evolutionary Biology, Darwin, Creationism, and Intelligent Design.
Watch the video here:
In a 2012 blog post written by Dr. Ruse entitled, Human Evolution and the Sterility of Creationism, Ruse shares insights he gleaned during a week he spent at a field station in Kenya. While there he discovered many private schools teaching only creationism, completely excluding the evolutionary view of life forms. He writes, “But what was brought home to me vividly this last week is that the greatest crime is blocking our children from seeing what a wonderful world in which we humans live and how.”
For more information on Ruse’s lecture, Does Evolution Have a Purpose?, please contact the McDevitt Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-445-6200.
On Thursday, October 24, Michael Ruse, Ph.D., Lucycle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, will speak at Le Moyne College. His lecture is entitled “Does Evolution Have a Purpose?” This talk will examine evolutionary biology today and asks whether teleology or end-directed thinking has finally been left behind or continues to lurk even in the minds of the most stridently naturalistic thinkers. The event will be held in the Panasci Family Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Ruse is an internationally known author, lecturer, and leading contributor to research on science and religion. Holding advanced degrees in philosophy, his research interests include the philosophy of biology (especially Darwinism), ethics, and the history and philosophy of science. Ruse has published numerous articles and over thirty books including Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? (Harvard University Press, 2003), The Evolution/Creation Struggle (Harvard University Press, 2005), and Reflections on the Origin of Species, with David Reznick (Princeton University Press, 2008). He and Dr. Michael Peterson, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary are currently in the process of writing a book discussing various issues related to the science-religion controversies in our culture (Oxford University Press). In addition to his prolific writing career, Ruse has received numerous honors for his research including two honorary doctoral degrees and a John Templeton Book Prize.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or email@example.com.