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TJC science center to host science, faith events Saturday and Sunday

TYLER, November 20, 2013As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College, formerly Hudnall Planetarium, will host a weekend of events on science and faith.

At 7:30 p.m., Saturday,, physicist Dr. Karl Giberson will discuss creation vs. evolution in America; and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a panel discussion will be held on the often-rocky relationship between science and faith. The events will be held in the Apache Rooms in Rogers Student Center, on the TJC main campus. Admission for each event is $5.

“America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy” by Dr. Karl Giberson

Growing up in a fundamentalist parsonage, Dr. Karl Giberson was raised to believe the universe was 10,000 years old, evolution was a conspiracy with no scientific foundation, and Charles Darwin was evil.

Studying physics in a Christian college convinced him that science was compatible with belief in God. In his talks, Giberson shares his struggle to make peace with Darwin and the serious challenges it poses to traditional religious belief. Interwoven with his personal journey is the story of a deeply religious America wrestling with a science that is often used as a club to bash religion.

Born in 1957 in New Brunswick, Canada, Giberson holds a Ph.D. in physics from Rice University. He is a popular speaker who has lectured at many institutions around the world including The Vatican, Oxford University, Brigham Young University, the Venice Institute, London’s Thomas More Institute, and MIT.

His work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, The Guardian and USA Today. He is the author or co-author of nine books on science and religion, including “Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.”

Dr. Giberson teaches writing, and science-and-religion in the Cornerstone Program at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

Panel Discussion: “Is There a War Between Science & Faith?”

Panelists include: Rabbi Neal Katz, of Congregation Beth El in Tyler; Father Tim Kelly, of Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Flint; Anwar Khalifa, member of the East Texas Islamic Society; and Dr. Karl Giberson, a protestant Christian and professor at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

TJC biology professor Dr. Betsy Ott will serve as moderator.

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