Poverty of Discourse: Science, Religion, Wonder and Wisdom

This is the second lecture Campion College lecture by Dr. McCarthy.  He is also speaking Thursday night.

Friday, March 11 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Campion College Senior Common Room

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32nd Annual Nash Memorial Seminar 

Presented by Dr. John McCarthy, SJ

Nature is all there is and science is the only way to know nature. This “scientific naturalism” seems ready and willing to privatize public religious discourse. God is a “delusion”. Religion poisons everything, is irrational and exclusionary. In a word, religion is misanthropic. For some believers and nonbelievers alike, Darwinism is inherently atheistic. For others, God is either a delusion or an intelligent designer. The hegemony of scientific and technical discourse seems to have reduced our ability to communicate deeply held human values. The religious response seems unable to fully embrace the integrity of nature. Caricatures of science and religion abound. Wonder and mystery, humility and wisdom lie as casualties. How have you experienced the discourse between science and religion? How may we reconstruct a discourse that acknowledges our human desire for meaning and goodness?

John McCarthy, SJ, PhD, is the university chaplain at St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia, where he also lectures in ecological theology. In the summer months, Dr. McCarthy conducts research in biodiversity for the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation. He received a BScFor. (forest tree biology) from the University of New Brunswick, a MS (soil science) from the University of Florida, and a PhD (boreal forest ecology) from the University of British Columbia.


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