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Former Governor presenting at Roundtable

Laurinburg, N.C. – Former North Carolina Governor James Martin will be the featured lecturer at the Religion and Science Roundtable held in the William Henry Belk College Center at St. Andrews University on Feb. 21.

Martin will present “Science and Religion: The New Revelation.”

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. 14. Be sure to include the names of all who will be attending in the message.

“From a rough start with Galileo and Darwin, some religions have balked at science, the solar system, the age of the earth and evolution of species,” said Martin. “Some atheists have taken advantage of this. Modern science is finding reconciliation with religion, enhanced by growing evidence that we did not get her by random processes. Astronomy, physics, geology, and biology are providing profound concepts that allow greater compatibility with theistic belief. To that we will add some ‘secrets’ from organic chemistry.”

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Davidson College, Martin continued his education at Princeton University, where he received a Ph.D. in chemistry. He began his career as an educator, later returning to teach chemistry at his alma mater. During that time he served three terms as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner.

Martin served as the 66th governor of North Carolina from 1985 through 1993. He was a strong proponent of education, transportation and commerce. He had previously served six terms as a member of the U.S. Congress for the 9th District of North Carolina. While in Congress, he was the first elected official to receive the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award, given by the American Chemical Society for outstanding public service by an American chemist.

He recently retired from McGuire Woods Consulting.

The Rev. Dr. Ron Crossley will present “Christ, Creation and Contemporary Cosmology: Part II” on April 17 as the second spring 2012 Religion and Science Roundtable. Crossley first came to St. Andrews in 1968 as Assistant Professor of Religion and served for 16 years as a faculty member and administrator. He currently serves as a guest lecturer in the St. Andrews General Honors Program and the St. Andrews Institute of Lifelong Learning.

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...."

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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