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Southern Miss to Host Debate on Faith, Science

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The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Faith in the Age of Science: A Debate” featuring Dr. Michael Ruse of Florida State University and Dr. John Haught of Georgetown University as part of the university's Philosophical Fridays lecture series. 

Made possible by the Fairchild Lecture Series, the debate is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with the University Honors Forum, and will be held March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trent Lott Center, Room 103 A-D.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

Originally from England, Dr. Michael Ruse earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol, his master’s degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and his Ph.D. at the University of Bristol.  At Florida State, he is a professor of philosophy and considered a worldwide expert on the relationship between religion and science.

Dr. John Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian and Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Haught graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore and subsequently received his Ph.D. in theology from The Catholic University of America in 1970. Haught views science and religion as two different and noncompeting levels of explanation.

Philosophical Fridays is a lecture series that began in 2012 and features leading scholars who share their knowledge on a variety of philosophical topics. The series is free and open to the general public.

The next event in the series is April 4 when the guest speaker will be Jonathan Weinburg of the University of Arizona.  He will present, "What Can Philosophy Learn From Doing Experiments? A Report On The 'X-Phi' Movement."

For more information about the Philosophical Fridays Lecture Series, visit www.usm.edu/philosophy-religion/philosophical-fridays.