Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2002

Whitworth College Hosts Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Meeting

Philosophers from around the world will meet at Whitworth College April 4-6 to discuss the philosophical and theological implications of modern science. The Pacific Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers will include lectures and panel discussions on the ways in which new discoveries in astrophysics, molecular biology and other fields influence the way humans understand themselves and their relationship to the world.

Keynote speakers include Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University; Stephen Meyer, professor of philosophy at Whitworth College; Delvin Ratzsch, professor of philosophy at Calvin College; and Peter Van Inwagen, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

Spitzer will speak Thursday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. on the topic, "Behind the Unified Field Era: Indications of Creation in Contemporary Astrophysics." Meyer will address "DNA by Design: An Inference to the Best Explanation for the Origin of Information" on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Ratzsch will present "Design: What Scientific Difference Does It Make?" on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. Van Inwagen will hold a public panel discussion addressing Christian perspectives on the impact of modern science on the philosophy of mind on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m.

The sessions will be held in Seeley G. Mudd Chapel, and are free and open to the public.

The Society of Christian Philosophers was formed in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian philosophers. The society, which is the fastest-growing branch of the American Philosophical Association in recent years, seeks to stimulate thinking, study and discussion about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy.

Whitworth College, located in Spokane, Wash., is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Keith Wyma at (509) 777-4772.

Contacts:

Keith Wyma, professor of philosophy, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4772 or kwyma@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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