Evolutionary Christianity || Speaker Bios and Topics

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Thank you for your interest in this teleseries. Below you will find the biographical sketches of the amazing (and diverse!) guests who participated in this historic series of conversationsa veritable Whos Who of evolutionary Christian thought and practice. (Click HERE to see them categorized by affiliation.

UPDATE: The entire set of 38 downloadable audios, transcripts, study guides, leaders manual, topical index, and guidelines for reflection and journaling can be found HERE.

Ian Barbour is an American scholar on the relationship between science and religion. He has been credited with creating the contemporary field of science and religion.

He received his B.Sc. in physics from Swarthmore College, his M.Sc. in physics from Duke University in 1946, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1950. He earned a B.Div. in 1956 from Yale Universitys Divinity School. Barbour taught for many years at Carleton College, with appointments as professor of religion and as Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society. He has held emeritus honors there since 1986.

In his 1966 groundbreaking book, Issues in Science and Religion, Barbour laid out a series of well-crafted arguments involving issues in epistemology, language, and methodology. Together, these arguments provided a bridge between science and religion. He has explored these arguments in detail since then.

From the outset, Barbour used the term critical realism to stand for the specific set of arguments he first developed in 1966. Most scholars in the field have adopted the term.

Barbour gave the Gifford lectures from 1989 1991 at the University of Aberdeen. These lectures led to the book,Religion in an Age of Science. In 1999 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, in recognition of his efforts to create a dialogue between the worlds of science and religion.

For videos of interviews with Ian Barbour conducted by Robert Kuhn for PBS, go to: http://www.closertotruth.com and in the Search box on the top right, type Ian Barbour.

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