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Religion and Science Roundtable to feature Crossley

Laurinburg, N.C. – The Rev. Dr. Ron Crossley will be the featured lecturer at the Religion and Science Roundtable held in the William Henry Belk College Center of St. Andrews University on April 17.

Crossley will present “Christ, Creation and Contemporary Cosmology: Part II.”

Free and open to the public, the Roundtable begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Reservations for the event are required for meal preparation purposes. To make a reservation, send an email to rsvp@sapc.edu or call 910-277-3968 by April 9. Be sure to include the names of all who will be attending in the message.

“Down through the ages, pre-scientific and scientific worldviews, or cosmologies, have had important effects on the theologies of their times,” said Crossley.

Continuing thoughts from a presentation in February 2011, Crossley will give an overview of three prior examples of cosmology on theology. Then, in light of theological lessons learned by those examples, the presentation will outline emerging theologies that attempt to respond to such scientific advances since Einstein as the Big Bang theory, quantum theory and the recent theories of dark matter and dark energy.

Crossley first came to St. Andrews in 1968 as Assistant Professor of Religion and served the College for 16 years as a faculty member and administrator. He is a graduate of Samford University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Duke University's doctoral program in Christian theology and ethics. He currently serves as a guest lecturer in the St. Andrews Honors program, a teacher in the St. Andrews Institute of Lifelong Learning, a supply preacher and teacher in area churches, and a building volunteer with Scotland County's Habitat for Humanity.

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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St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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