St. Benedict Lecture - “Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict”

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Graves Hall, 112 Winants Auditorium and Gallery
263 College Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3646

 The Saint Benedict Institute will feature the address “Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict” by Stephen Barr of the University of Delaware faculty on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at Hope College in Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Barr will speak on the perception that there is a conflict between science and religion, which he explains is largely based on certain misconceptions about Christian belief, an outdated view of scientific history and a skewed interpretation of what science has actually discovered about the world. His discussion will touch on theology, science and several discoveries of 20th-century physics that he notes point to the traditional religious view of the cosmos.

Barr is a professor of physics and cosmology at the University of Delaware.  His physics research centers mainly on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe. He has written extensively and lectured widely on the relation of science and religion. He is the founding president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, an international organization which started in the summer of 2016 and has grown to more than 1,000 members in 38 countries. (

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Corpus Christi Foundation and Hope College’s departments of geological and environmental science, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, sociology and social work, and religion, as well as Campus Ministries, and the Office of the Dean for Arts and Humanities and Office of the Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences.

The Saint Benedict Institute is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. It seeks to promote and nurture intellectual work done from the heart of the Catholic Church, to foster an ecumenical community of Catholic Christians and friends committed to the renewal of culture, and to aid in the formation of intellectually and spiritually mature Christians by making available the riches of the Catholic tradition to Hope College and the wider community. More information can be found at

Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college's Events and Conferences Office by emailing or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.

Event Type

Academics, Arts and Humanities Division, Religion, Saint Benedict Institute, Public Events

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