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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts God and Darwin Lecture

Loyola press release - April 12, 2005

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes to campus John F. Haught, Ph.D., the Thomas Healey Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. Haught will discuss God and Darwin at 7 p.m. at the Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus on Tuesday, April 19, 2005. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Haught’s lecture will feature the following topics: Darwin challenges religious trust in a providential God who purposefully creates, influences and eternally cares for the world. Our religious ancestors knew nothing of biological evolution, although they were certainly aware of the suffering of humans and other living beings. Darwinian science, however, vastly extends the story of life's suffering (and creativity as well) beyond that of traditional theological awareness. In what sense, then, after Darwin, might we still trust in divine providence, if at all? Is it perhaps possible that evolutionary portraits of life may open up fresh ways of thinking about God and cosmic purpose? After Darwin can we have a plausible understanding of God that is both consistent with traditional belief and adequate to the reality of evolution?

Haught is the author of Deeper Than Darwin: the Prospects for Religion in the Age of Evolution, Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution , God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution and Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation.