2006-03-16 / Upcoming Events

Author on evolution and religion's commonalities to speak at Central Baptist

Kenneth Miller, author of "Finding Darwin's God," will speak on Sunday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church.

A professor of biology at Brown University, Miller will address the "scientific status of evolutionary theory and its relationship to religious views of nature."

"He is an exciting and compelling speaker," according to Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "In a very personal and direct way, (Miller) takes issue with those scientists who claim that modern science has disproven the existence of God. He convincingly argues that science and religion offer different, but compatible ways of viewing the world. In taking this position, he is supported by the leaders of most of the world's major religions. His book should be read by all those who want to understand this central issue."

Miller is co-author, with Joseph S. Levine, of three different high school and college biology textbooks used by millions of students nationwide.

Miller has received five major teaching awards, and in 2005, he was presented with the Presidential Citation of the American Institute for Biological Sciences for distinguished contributions to the biological sciences. He serves as an advisor on life sciences to "The News Hour," a daily PBS television program on news and public affairs.

One of Miller's principal interests is the public understanding of evolution. He has written a number of articles defending the scientific integrity of evolution, answering challenges such as "intelligent design," and he has debated a number of anti-evolutionists over the years.

Miller's recent book, "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution," addresses the scientific status of evolutionary theory and its relationship to religious views of nature.

The Board of Christian Education of Central Baptist Church invites all those interested to join them for Miller's presentation. Adults and upper middle and high school students are welcome.

For more information, call 423-1465.

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