Published on September 14, 2010 by Mary Wimberley  

A series of lectures addressing the “Big Questions in Science and Religion “ will be presented by Samford University faculty members this fall at Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC). The first is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6:15 p.m.

The weekly programs will be led by math and computer science professor Dr. Steve Donaldson, biology professor Dr. George Keller, philosophy professor Dr. Wilton Bunch, and business professor Dr. Tom Woolley.  All are Fellows in Samford’s new Center for Science and Religion.

The 10-week series at IPC will be the first major public outreach effort of the Center, which is designed to frame teaching and research in the sciences and mathematics by the “big questions” of meaning and value.

The Sept. 15 presentation, led by Dr. Keller, will consider the relationship between science and religion. Other lectures will address topics related to origins, free will, the soul, what it will mean to be human, miracles, and the existence of God. All are on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.