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Immaculata University Hosts A Conference on Catholic, Science and Culture

Immaculata University is proud to present Chronicle of Faith, a conference celebrating the legacy of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Conference begins Friday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. with the keynote address by John F. Haught, Ph.D. On Saturday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. participants choose from various lecture sessions exploring topics such as "what does evolution mean for our understanding of God and God´s creation," "the compatibility of religious belief and evolution," and "how does evolution allow us to feel deeply the Biblical conviction of God as creator."
"Lonergan, Darwin, and Evolutionary Naturalism" is the topic of the keynote address by Dr. Haught. A distinguished research professor and senior fellow of science and religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Dr. Haught also is an accomplished author of numerous books including his most recent, Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life. Dr. Haught has also authored numerous articles and reviews. He lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion. In 2002, he was the winner of the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, in 2004, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and in 2008, a "Friend of Darwin Award" from the National Center for Science Education. He testified for the plaintiffs in the Harrisburg, PA "Intelligent Design trial" (Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Board of Education). In recognition of his work on theology and science he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Louvain in 2009. He and his wife Evelyn have two sons and live in Falls Church, Va.
Topics and presenters for Saturday include:
• Phillip Berryman, S.T.B. – Temple University
Caritas in Veritate and the Fate of Development Humanism
• Reverend Francis Colburn, S.T.D. – Claremont College
A Theological Perspective on the Origins of Religion and Morality
• Peter J. Colosi, Ph.D. – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
The Relation between Modern Science and Mystery in the Thought of John Paul II
• Craig Condella, Ph.D. – Salve Regina University
Augustine, Galileo, Darwin: Not-So-Uncomfortable Bedfellows
• Jordan J. Copeland, Ph.D. – LaSalle University
Playing God: The Dangers in Science, Religion, and Ethics
• Eugene J. Halus, Jr., Ph.D. – Immaculata University
Action Follows Teaching by Way of Experience: Monsignor Geno Baroni, Catholic Environmental Thought, and the Importance of Place in Questions of Environmental Justice
• Aaron D. Hoffman, Ph.D. – Bellarmine University
Democracy and Hierarchy: Science and Catholic Culture
• Thomas M. Knadig, Ed.D. – Widener University
The Catholic Mystical Tradition and Contemporary Science
• Richard G. Malloy, S.J., M. Div., S.T.D., Ph.D. – Chestnut Hill College
Lonergan Lives: Taking up Lonergan´s Challenge to Develop the Cultural Architecture for Increasing Cross Disciplinary Knowledge in Academia
• Edward F. Mannino, LL.B. – Mannino Law Firm (Plymouth Meeting, PA)
Catholic Supreme Court Justices and the Louisiana Evolution Controversy
• Edward Jeremy Miller, Ph.D., S.T.D. – Gwynedd-Mercy College
Religion and Science in Tension: Newman´s Contribution to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
• Steven P. Millies, Ph.D. – University of South Carolina, Aiken
The Christified Universe: Experience and Existence in the Scientific Mind of Teilhard de Chardin
• Stephanie Theodorou, Ph.D. – Immaculata University &
Leon Niemoczynski, Ph.D. – West Chester University
Malabou, Peirce, and the Evolutionary Emergence of Mind
• Donald L. Wallenfang – (doctoral student in Constructive Theology from Loyola University)
Imaginative Construals in the Work of Edith Stein: A Rendezvous for Evolutionary Theory and the Catholic Faith

This is the second Chronicle of Faith program that Immaculata University has hosted. The first coincided with the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and research papers that were presented were later published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2009. Visit the Web site at for more information about the 2010 Chronicle of Faith program.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

y:word: release: Chronicle of Faith event #98 (3.29.10)