Adult Forum: Now through April – “Science and Religion”


10:00 am - 11:00 am


Red River UU Church
515 N. Burnett Ave, Denison, TX, 75021

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Starting in February and continuing through April, the Adult Forum will explore The Great Courses Series Science and Religion with Dr. Lawrence M. Principe.

The course overview:  Two crucial forces, science and religion, helped shape Western civilization and continue to interact in our daily lives. What is the nature of their relationship? When do they conflict, and how do they influence each other in pursuit of knowledge and truth? Contrary to prevailing notions that they must perpetually clash, science and theology have actually been partners in an age-old adventure. This course covers both the historical sweep and philosophical flashpoints of this epic interaction.  Professor Lawrence M. Principe unfolds a surprisingly cooperative dynamic in which theologians and natural scientists share methods, ideas, aspirations, and a tradition of disputational dialogue.

The Forum will meet at 10 am the Alexander room for those attending in person and for those attending g on Zoom at 10 each Sunday. Each segment is 30 minutes and will be followed by an open dialogue.

You may take part in person in the Alexander Room or virtually on Zoom.  The Zoom Meeting ID is 989 0789 7878.

The Forum meets at 10 AM.  Participants are invited to join the congregation for the Morning Assembly – live in the chapel and streaming on Zoom using the same meeting ID.

For the month of February:

  1. Science and Religion
  2. The Warfare Thesis
  3. Faith and Reason – scripture and Nature
  4. God and Nature – Miracles and Demons

 For the month of March:

  1. Church, Copernicus, and Galileo
  2. Galileo’s Trial
  3. God the Watchmaker
  4. Natural Theology and Arguments from Design

 For the month of April:

  1. Geology, Cosmology, and Biblical Chronology
  2. Darwin and Responses to Evolution
  3. Fundamentalism and Creationism
  4. Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Principe’ Bio:

Lawrence M. Principe is Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Principe earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware. He also holds two doctorates: a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Johns Hopkins University. In 1999, the Carnegie Foundation chose Professor Principe as the Maryland Professor of the Year, and in 1998 he received the Templeton Foundation’s award for courses dealing with science and religion. Johns Hopkins has repeatedly recognized Professor Principe’s teaching achievements. He has won its Distinguished Faculty Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, and the George Owen Teaching Award. In 2004, Professor Principe was awarded the first Francis Bacon Prize by the California Institute of Technology, awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work has had substantial impact on the history of science, the history of technology, or historically-engaged philosophy of science. TProfessor Principe has published numerous papers and is the author or coauthor of three books, including The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest.