Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

Whitworth, Gonzaga to co-host Physics & the God of Abraham
Lecture Series Feb. 27- March 1

Whitworth College and Gonzaga University will co-host a three-part lecture series, "Physics & the God of Abraham," which explores the relationship between faith and science. The lectures will take place Feb. 27-March 1.

Believers in the God of Abraham - the theistic Creator-God of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions - face the challenge of integrating their faith with a scientific understanding of the universe. The lecture series will explore the relationship between faith and science, particularly the Christian roots of modern science and the role Christians have played in scientific discovery.

The series is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Betty S. Wheeler, the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth (www.whitworth.edu/faithcenter), and the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute (www.gonzagafaithreason.org). For more information about the lecture series, please e-mail faithandreason@gonzaga.edu.

Following is the lecture-series schedule:

  • Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
    "The Beginnings of the Universe: Big Bang Cosmology and Creation"
    Fr. William Stoeger, S.J.
    Seeley G. Mudd Chapel, Whitworth College

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
    "God as Creator: Divine Immanence, Evolution and the Laws of Nature"
    Fr. William Stoeger, S.J.
    Robinson Teaching Theater, Weyerhaeuser Hall, Whitworth College

  • Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
    "Philosophical Implications for Creation and Design Arising out of Contemporary Big
    Bang Cosmology"
    Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
    Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St.

Fr. Stoeger is a staff scientist for the Vatican Observatory Research Group, in Tucson, Ariz. An ordained Jesuit priest since 1972, Stoeger received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cambridge University. Specializing in theoretical cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, and interdisciplinary studies in science, philosophy and theology, Stoeger has been an active researcher, teacher, writer and lecturer for the past 25 years.

He currently serves on the board of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences and is secretary of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Stoeger has been an active contributor in the Vatican/CTNS workshops on "God's Action in the World: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action" and for the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton.

Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., is president of Gonzaga University. Spitzer, a Jesuit priest, teaches, lectures and writes on topics ranging from ethics and philosophy, to the relationship between modern physics and Christian faith.

Spitzer earned a master of divinity degree from the Gregorian University, a master's degree in theology from the Weston School, Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He has published books including Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues and The Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations. He is also the author of an upcoming book, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions to Late Twentieth Century Physics and Philosophy, submitted to Notre Dame University Press.

Contacts:

Brian Clayton, associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University, (509) 323-6744 or clayton@gem.gonzaga.edu.

Dale Soden, director of the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

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

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