Rogalski Center Ballroom
Georgetown University's John Haught, PhD, will present, "What is Really Going on in the Cosmos and What Should We Be Doing About It?"
Cost: Free and open to the public
Fr. Chuck Adam, 563/333-6151
More info: John Haught's website at Georgetown
Is it still possible in an age of science to believe that the universe has an overarching meaning or purpose? Is anything of permanent significance going on in the cosmos? If so, what does that say about human identity, vocation and happiness in the world as scientifically understood? This lecture will ask why many scientifically educated people today view the cosmos as "pointless," and then look at several 20th Century theological attempts to respond to modern and contemporary cosmic pessimism.
A recognized expert in the field of systematic theology, John F. Haught, PhD, has spent his career attempting to bridge the intellectual gap between theology and secular science.
Haught is a distinguished research professor and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. He chaired the university's Department of Theology from 1990 through 1995 and was a professor of theology from 1970 through 2005.
Haught has authored 19 books on the subjects of science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion. He provided expert testimony for the plaintiffs in a landmark Pennsylvania lawsuit challenging a school board's edict that the theory of Intelligent Design had to be taught in its district's classrooms.
In 2009, Haught was presented a Friend of Darwin Award by the National Center for Science Education. He also was a recipient of the Owen Garrigan Award In Science and Religion in 2002 and the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in 2004.
Also in 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Haught is a graduate of St. Mary's Seminary and the University of Baltimore and received his Doctor of Theology degree from The Catholic University of America in 1970.
He and his wife, Evelyn, have two sons and live in Falls Church, Va.
A reception will follow the lecture.
This event is part of St. Ambrose University's Sustainability Project a year-long series examining our ability to sustain ecological systems through the arts, sciences and humanities.