The Moral Theology Lecture Series brings to our campuses outstanding scholars in ethics and moral theology both for the general access of the campus and civic communities by means of public lectures and for particular groups of CSB/SJU faculty for a deeper understanding of how the Catholic intellectual tradition can contribute to contemporary scholarship in a variety of disciplines.
Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology at Brown University, delivered a talk entitled, "Darwin and the Divine: Is There Room for God in the Evolutionary Process?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Pellegrene Auditorium, Saint John's University. View video
Miller also was interviewed by Gary Eichten '69, Minnesota Public Radio news editor-at-large and retired host of the "Midday" program, at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Art Center room 102, SJU.
Miller's talk was a discussion regarding the tendencies of evolutionary science being at loggerheads with religion. Miller set fourth his own ideas about increasing public understanding of science with the knowledge that evolution can be seen as a result of God's creative work.
Miller is a cell biologist and molecular biologist who is the 2006 winner of the American Society for Cell Biology Public Service Award; the 2011 winner of Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution; and the 2014 winner of the Laetare Medal. He is a Catholic who ardently opposes the doctrine of creationism. He is the author of two books on the matter, entitled "Finding Darwin's God" and "Only a Theory."
The Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor in Science and Religion, the College of Saint Benedict Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture and the Moral Theology Lecture Series sponsored both events.