Join us as science professor Frank Ciulla explores the interface between the natural sciences and theology in three stimulating sessions. The speaker is really good. I've heard him in several times before. You can listen to later on online: HEAR ADULT EDUCATION LECTURES ONLINE
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Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
March 2, 9, 16 in Reidy Friendship Hall
Science and The Idea of Godwith Frank Ciulla
Join us as science professor Frank Ciulla explores the interface between the natural sciences and theology in three stimulating sessions:
March 2: From Many Gods to One God to No God to New Gods: The Changing Description of the Sacred in Western Religion and PhilosophyThe transition from polytheism to monotheism in Western culture was followed by a transition to a secular society after the Enlightenment and the rise of scientific method. Recent developments have led to the search for new definitions of “God” ( including Galen Guengerich’s God Revised) that draw upon the insights of modern science and psychology.
March 9: Modern Science and the New Definitions of God. Scientific discoveries during the 20th century led in some circles to a more spiritual language than was evident in the previous mechanistic understandings of the universe. This development has led in turn to new efforts to understand the meaning of “God.”
March 16: What Does the “Non-Theistic Sacred” Look Like? Modern ideas of God combine elements of science with older religious traditions like Shamanism, Buddhism and Christianity to create a more “hybrid” understanding of God with human-like characteristics as a metaphor for a variety of developmental and evolutionary processes.
Frank Ciulla, a member of All Souls, graduated with honors in Chemistry from Oberlin College, worked in biological research at the Harvard University School of Medicine, and did graduate education in Molecular Biology at Columbia University. He currently teaches science courses at Columbia and is the founder and director of Hudson Educational Services.
AFTERWARD IS EXCELLENT DISCUSSION OF ROBERT FROST'S POETRY:
Sundays at 11:15 a.m. March 2, 9 in Reidy Friendship Hall
The Road Not Taken: Robert Frost and the Life of the Spiritwith Rev. David Robb
Conclusion of the series, begun in February, exploring the religious and spiritual dimensions of the poetry of Robert Frost. Like that of his 19th century predecessor, Emily Dickinson, Frost’s poetry frequently explored perennial questions of order and disorder, God, suffering, death, and the paradoxes of belief and unbelief. Mr. Robb continues the inquiry into Frost’s poetic and spiritual imagination by close examination of some of his representational works.