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Le Moyne Hosts Woodstock Forum on Science and Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection at Le Moyne College and the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University will host a forum, titled “Woodstock Forum on Science: Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.,” on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel.

The Jesuit scientist, Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., was a unique thinker whose ideas variously attracted condemnation and shaped the direction of the Second Vatican Council. At a time when scientific progress is accelerating on numerous fronts, does Teilhard have something to teach us about holding science and religion together?

The forum will be moderated by George Coyne, S.J., McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College and former director of the Vatican Observatory.

Panelists include Sister Ilia Delio, O.S.F. and John C. Haughey, S.J.

Sister Ilia Delio holds a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. Prior to joining Woodstock as a senior research fellow, she served as chair and professor in the department of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union, where she also served as director of Franciscan Studies. Her current research interests in the field of science and religion include divine action, emergence, evolutionary theory and artificial intelligence.

Fr. Haughey is an expert in Catholic higher education and transhumanism with a focus on neuroscience and quantum physics. He recently convened a series on Jesuits and the sciences. He has taught theology and religion at Georgetown University, Fordham University, Seton Hall University, Weston School of Theology, John Carroll University and Marquette University, and was a professor of religious ethics at Loyola University Chicago. His latest books include “Where’s Knowing Going: Horizons of the Knowing Subject” and “In Search of the Whole: 12 Essays on Faith and Academic Life.”

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity, the Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection and the Department of Religious Studies. For more information, call (315) 445-4555.

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posted on: 3/23/2012