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Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict to be Discussed at Duquesne

Duquesne University will host a free, public talk on Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict, for Pascal Day 2014, on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Dr. Stephen M. Barr, professor of physics at the University of Delaware, will deliver the address at 7 p.m. in the Duquesne Union’s Africa Room.

Barr, whose research focuses on theoretical particle physics and the cosmology of the early universe, will explore the relationship between science and the belief in God. Barr contends that the supposed conflict between science and religion is a myth based on an outdated view of scientific history, and a skewed interpretation of scientific discoveries.

Several 20th century findings are more in harmony with the religious view of the cosmos and our place in it, he says, rather than with atheist and materialist views.

For more information, visit www.duq.edu/pascal-day.

The event is part of an annual lecture series named for Blaise Pascal, a 17th-century French scientist and mathematician whose faith deepened as he learned more about the intricacies of creation through science.

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