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Religion and Science Roundtable to feature Crossley

Religion and Science Roundtable Speaker Rev. Dr. Ron Crossley  

Laurinburg, N.C. - The Rev. Dr. Ron Crossley will be the featured lecturer at the Religion and Science Roundtable held in the William Henry Belk College Center of St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Feb. 15.

Crossley will present "Christ, Creation and Contemporary Cosmology."

"Down through the ages, pre-scientific and scientific worldviews, or cosmologies, have had important effects on the theologies of their times," said Crossley. "First, this presentation will glance at three prior examples of such influence of cosmology on theology: Mesopotamian cosmology and Judeans' creation hymn in Genesis 1; Aristotle's cosmology and theology in the Middle Ages; and Newtonian science and 18th and 19th century theologies. Then, in light of theological lessons learned by those examples, the presentation will outline emerging theologies that attempt to respond to such scientific advances since Einstein as the Big Bang theory, quantum theory and recent theories of dark matter and dark energy."

Free and open to the public, the Roundtable begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Reservations for the event are required for meal preparation purposes. To make a reservation, send an email to rsvp@sapc.edu or call 910-277-3968 by Feb. 8. Be sure to include the names of all who will be attending in the message.

Crossley first came to St. Andrews in 1968 as Assistant Professor of Religion and served the College for 16 years as a faculty member and administrator. He is a graduate of Samford University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Duke University's doctoral program in Christian theology and ethics. He currently serves as a guest lecturer in the St. Andrews Honors program, a teacher in the St. Andrews Institute of Lifelong Learning, a supply preacher and teacher in area churches, and a building volunteer with Scotland County's Habitat for Humanity.

A second Roundtable will be presented on April 5 by Dr. Pamela Case, who will share "Neurotheology: Brains, Boundaries, and Beliefs."

The Religion and Science Roundtables are associated with the annual John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology hosted each fall by St. Andrews. The McNair Lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that "the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other...."


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