Sunday Speaker Series - Dr. Gregg D. Caruso: "Science & Religion: 5 Questions"

  • May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society 3800 E Genesee St Syracuse, NY, 13214 United States

The Central New York Humanist Association welcomes guest speaker Dr. Gregg D. Caruso on Sunday, July 6 from 3:00-5:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served at 3:00 and the program will begin at 3:30pm

Dr. Caruso will discuss his new book Science and Religion: 5 Questions—a collection of thirty-three interviews based on five questions presented to some of the world's most influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists.  After providing a brief overview of the book, Dr. Caruso will discuss some of its key questions:

• Are science and religion compatible when it comes to understanding cosmology (the origin of the universe),biology (the origin of life and of the human species), ethics, and the human mind (minds, brains, souls, and free will)?

• Do science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria?

• Is intelligent design a scientific theory?

• How do the various faith traditions view the relationship between science and religion?

• What, if any, are the limits of scientific explanation?

And what are the most important open questions, problems, or challenges confronting the relationship between science and religion, and what are the prospects for progress? Given that scientific and religious world-views dominate our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it, the questions discussed in Science and Religion: 5 Questions are important ones that need to be addressed.

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Gregg D. Caruso is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Corning Community College (SUNY) and Editor-in-Chief of Science, Religion and Culture. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from William Paterson University and his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012) and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013) and Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014).