Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2005

Philosopher of Religion Richard Swinburne to Present March 22 Lecture
on the Relation of Soul and Body

Richard Swinburne, widely considered to be one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers of religion today, will present a lecture, "What Makes Me, Me: The Relation of Soul and Body," on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. The lecture is free and open to the public. Swinburne's lecture is being hosted by the Whitworth Theology and Philosophy Department in conjunction with the Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith and Learning and Gonzaga University.

"During his lecture, Swinburne is going to argue that our usual sense that we have a body and a mind is correct and that attempts to reduce us to complicated machines are mistaken," says Whitworth Professor of Philosophy Forrest Baird. "In philosophical terms, he will argue for substance dualism."

Swinburne is Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Religion at the University of Oxford. A member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Swinburne has written and lectured extensively as a Christian apologist. His latest works include The Existence of God, The Resurrection of God Incarnate, The Evolution of the Soul, and Epistemic Justification.

While in Spokane, Swinburne will also give the following free public lectures:

  • Sunday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at Fourth Memorial Church in Spokane: "Arguments for the Existence of God"
  • Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Room 143 of the Gonzaga School of Law: "The Probability of the Resurrection of Jesus"

For more information, please contact Cory Madsen at faithandreason@gonzaga.edu or Forrest Baird at fbaird@whitworth.edu.


Forrest E. Baird, professor of philosophy, Whitworth, (509) 777-4380 or fbaird@whitworth.edu.

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

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