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Release date: Jan. 29, 2001
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Emory Hosts 2nd Annual Science & Theology Symposium

As part of its Year of Reconciliation, Emory University will host the second annual Symposium on Science and Theology with a lunchtime talk and evening lecture by Ian Barbour, professor of physics emeritus at Carleton College and winner of the Templeton Prize in Religion, on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Both events are open to the public. Admission is free for the evening lecture, but reservations are required for the lunch at a cost of $3. Call 404-727-6020, or e-mail

Barbour’s noon luncheon talk, on the creation of life, will be followed by responses from John Hayes, professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, and John Lucchesi, chairman of Emory’s biology department. Audience members will then be invited to join the conversation. The luncheon will be held in Cox Hall, 569 Asbury Circle, and parking will be in the Peavine visitors lot on Fraternity Row.

At 7:30 p.m., Barbour will speak at an ecumenical worship service in Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd. Parking is available at the adjacent Fishburne parking deck on Fishburne Drive.

Author of "Issues in Science and Religion" (1965), Barbour has been credited with creating the contemporary field of science and religion. His many books and articles have compared methods of inquiry in science and religion, have explored the theological implications of the Big Bang theory, quantum physics, evolutionary biology and genetics. Over the years he also has written and lectured widely on ethical issues in such fields as technology policy, energy, agriculture, computers and cloning.

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