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Professor, Author Gives SNC Talk on Creation-Evolution Debate


September 13, 2001

[ Howard Van Till Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Howard Van Till, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Calvin College, talks about the relationship of science and theology. In his lecture, titled "Finders and Keepers: Can Religion Keep What Science Finds?", Dr. Van Till explores the possibility of science and religion growing in mutual respect, given advancements in science. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Howard Van Till obtained his B.S. from Calvin College and his Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, he was a member of the National Science Foundation. His professional career began at Calvin College, where he served as a chair of the science department until 1998. In 1999, Dr. Van Till was honored with the Faith and Learning Award for his excellence in teaching, presented by the Calvin Alumni Association. Van Till is also a distinguished member of the American Astronomical Society and the American Scientific Association. He is the author of numerous books, essays and articles, including the highly controversial book The Fourth Day: What the Bible and the Heavens are Telling Us About the Creation. He is also the author of Three Views on Creation and Evolution and the co-author of two other books, including Science Held Hostage and Portraits of Creation. Since 1992 Dr. Van Till has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation, where he has continued his work on science/religion issues.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3339 or visit snc.owu.edu.