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Science and Catholicism: The Myth of Conflict Guest Lecture  

Person with a flashlight looking up at the cosmos.Seton Hall University will be hosting a guest lecture by Stephen M. Barr, University of Delaware professor of physics, on Tuesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. in the University Center Chancellor's Suite. Barr will lecture on the topic "Science and Catholicism: The Myth of Conflict." All are welcome to this event. To register please contact Maria LePage at

During his lecture, Barr will argue that the conflict between science and faith is a myth based on an outdated view of scientific history and a skewed interpretation of scientific discoveries. He will focus on the Church's friendship with science and explain how several major discoveries of modern physics have changed our understanding in ways quite favorable to Catholic belief.

Barr received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1978. His research is in theoretical particle physics, with emphasis primarily on "grand unified theories" and the cosmology of the early universe. He also writes and lectures extensively on the relationship between science and religion.

Many of Barr's articles and reviews have appeared in First Things, on whose Advisory Council he serves. He is the author of the books Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2003), A Student's Guide to Natural Science (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2006), and Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict (Catholic Truth Society, 2011). He was elected to the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2010 and the American Physical Society in 2011.

This lecture will be sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, which is charged with fostering Seton Hall's Catholic educational mission. The Office oversees numerous initiatives; works to infuse Catholic values, faith and intellectual heritage throughout the University; and helps promote the University's efforts at developing servant leaders. This includes supervising ministry work, as well as providing assistance to any of Seton Hall's departments, divisions and programs.

Categories: Faith and Service , Science and Technology

For more information, please contact:

  • Maria Lepage
  • (973) 761-9203
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