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God, Science and the new Atheism

The author of a book called ‘Why There Almost Certainly is a God’ will deliver a public lecture at the University of St Andrews today (Thursday 29 October 2009).

The Reverend Professor Keith Ward, one of Britain’s foremost philosopher-theologians, will talk on `God, Science and the new atheism’.  The lecture is the latest in an ambitious series aimed at exploring the natural tensions between science and religion.

Professor Ward, formerly Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London, and Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, is the author of over 20 books, including ‘The Big Questions in Science and Religion’ and `Is Religion Dangerous?’

The British cleric, philosopher, theologian, and scholar – ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1972 – is particularly interested in comparative theology and the interplay between science and faith.

The lecture is part of the James Gregory lecture series co-organised by Professors Eric Priest (Mathematics) and Alan Torrance (Theology).  Launched in 2008, it is a forum for scientists, theologians and members of the public from different faiths to address major issues of joint concern.

Described as a ‘vision for a better world’, the series of twelve lectures over a four year period brings some of the world’s top experts to St Andrews.

For further information on the lecture series, visit www.jamesgregory.org

The lecture “God, Science and the New Atheism” by The Rev. Prof. Keith Ward will be delivered on Thursday, 29th October 2009, 5:15pm, at the Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews.

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