Religion and Science Roundtable
|Students, faculty, staff, church leaders and community members interested in constructive interdisciplinary dialogue between religion and science are invited to be our guests. Each meeting begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. and is followed with a lecture at approximately 7 p.m. in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room of the William Henry Belk Student Center on the campus of St. Andrews University. Please make reservations by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 910-277-3968 no later than one week prior to the Roundtable.
January 15, 2013
Dr. David Nikkel
"The Human Mind and Body of God"
Are we here on purpose, or just by chance -- and what does it matter? Given that we have evolved as embodied minds, some cognitive scientists claim that we are prone to assume intentional agency and purpose, even when they aren't there. From this claim they conclude that belief in God is irrational and without evidence. But perhaps the universe understood as "the body of God" offers evidence of the divine -- and may make a difference.
Dr. David Nikkel, associate professor of religion and chair of the department of philosophy and religion at UNCP, will present "The Human Mind and Body of God" during the first Religion and Science Roundtable of the spring semester.
Nikkel is the current recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence at UNCP. The books he has authored are Panentheism in Hartshorne and Tillich, Radical Embodiment and a forthcoming book on mysticism. The Metanexus Institute for Religion and Science has published several of his articles.
|The Religion and Science Roundtables are associated with the annual John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology hosted each fall by St. Andrews. The McNair Lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that "the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other...."
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