Renowned theologian to talk on science and faith

2011-03-14 00:00

RENOWNED philosopher and theologian Philip Clayton will be giving a series of lectures in the city this week.

Debates and controversies about science and religion have featured prominently in the press, not least in the letters section of The Witness.

Some people, like radical atheist Richard Dawkins, equate religion with superstition and call for it to be abolished. Others oppose the teaching of evolution at schools because it contradicts religious tradition.

A more thoughtful approach is presented by Clayton, who specialises in the range of issues that arise at the intersection between science and religion.

He is professor of religion and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University in California and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology, and the author of several books, including God and Contemporary Science, The Problem of God in Modern Thought and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World and Divine Action. As a philosopher he is concerned to show the compatibility of science with religious belief in areas where the two may be integrated and he seeks to develop a constructive Christian theology in dialogue with metaphysics, modern philosophy and science.

Clayton will present a series of lectures hosted by the School of Religion and Theology of UKZN in Pietermaritzburg on March 16 and 17.

He will give a public lecture, “Dialoging with the ‘New Atheism’: Rethinking both Science and Religion” on March 16 at 7.30 pm at the LTI Chapel, 29 Golf Road, Scottsville. On Thursday he will host a seminar, titled “Living toward an Open Future: What are the Theological Conditions for Hope in an Age of Science?” from 9 am until noon at Seminar Room 107 New Arts Block, Golf Road Campus. He will give a lecture, “Science and Theology from the Standpoint of Divine Kenosis” at 1 pm at the Theological Café meeting in the Staff Common Room, first floor, New Arts Block.

More information from Detlev Tönsing: 033 26 6293. — WR.

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