Winter 2014: God and Reality

Emergent Scientific, Technological, and Religious Paradigms

While scientific advancements and technological innovations are often characterized as oppositional to religious faith and practice, the reality is more complex.  This quarter’s lecture series and symposium will explore emerging dialogues among scientific, technological, and religious frames of knowledge and truth. 

  • Religion in Human Evolution

    Religion in Human Evolution

    Professor Robert Bellah passed away on July 31, 2013.  The Ignatian Center is grateful for his life, work and spirit, all of which furthered an ethic of dialogue around religion in civil society.  May he rest in peace.

  • Unknowable Reality

    Unknowable Reality

    Science, Mathematics, and Mystery

    This lecture addresses the way modern science portrays physical "reality", and will highlight some key differences between the current paradigm and the more intuitive Newtonian world view.

  • Outsourcing Memory

    Outsourcing Memory

    Google, Memory, and Forgiveness

    Herzfeld discusses the impact of outsourcing memory more and more to computers.

  • Why Science Needs God

    Why Science Needs God

    Consolmagno argues that the root assumptions behind science are religious assumptions at their root.

  • Grace in Shakespeare

    Grace in Shakespeare

    Marilynne Robinson, author Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, shares on the depth of experience present in Shakespeare's work that sheds light on Grace.

  • Bannan Institute Symposium

    Bannan Institute Symposium

    Science and Seeking: Rethinking the God Question in the Lab, Cosmos, and Classroom Bannan Institute Symposium

    This symposium brings together leading thinkers in the fields of religion and science to discuss new horizons in the quest to more deeply understand human existence.

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