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Clifford Science and Religion Talk: "Seeking a Theology Earth Can Live With"


On Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., Le Moyne College will host "Seeking a Theology Earth Can Live With," a talk by Anne M. Clifford, S.S.J., Ph.D., Msgr. James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The talk, part of the "Science and Religion in Modern America" lecture series, will take place in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne campus.

For nearly 50 years ecological and environmental scientists have drawn attention to ecosystem problems attributable to human choices. Increases in Earth's heat-trapping gases alone pose not only global economic stresses but also threaten Earth's fragile ecosystems. Taking Ignatius of Loyola's emphasis on seeking God's will through discernment as its inspiration, this lecture will draw on Catholic creation, faith and social justice principles to propose a pro-life theology our planet can live with.

Clifford has a Ph.D. in Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington. She was recently honored with the Best Article/Book Chapter in 2011 from College Theology Society for “Creation,” in Systematic Theology, Roman Catholic Perspectives. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011. She was the President of the College Theology Society from 2006-2008. Her research and teaching interests include: Catholic theology and Catholic social thought, ecological theology and environmental ethics, feminist theology and spirituality theology and the natural sciences.

“Science and Religion in Modern America” is an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal aim is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion. The central pillars of this two-year endeavor are nine public lectures by eminent scholars, which will be held over the course of three academic semesters, and a concluding conference, which will take place in the spring of 2014. All of these events will be digitally recorded and made available on the McDevitt Center website.

For more information, contact the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu.


posted on: 11/4/2013