After Darwin, Aquinas I: Evolution and Creation
March 28, 2014
The first of William E. Carroll’s After Darwin, Aquinas: Creation and the Sciences of Nature lectures will be held at the NYU Catholic Center on April 1 at 7:00 P.M. He will speak on “The Challenges of Evolution and the Metaphysics of Creation.” This talk begins a three-part series from Professor Carroll, to be delivered on April 1, April 8, and April 15. The series will cover major philosophical, scientific, and theological questions about the claims of religion and science in the study of human and cosmological origins. A complete list of the talk titles can be found here. In part, the series aims to break free of the false dichotomy between creation and evolution, examining how the works of great Christian thinkers like Thomas Aquinas can enliven, balance, and correct popular understandings of who man is and how the world came to be, by placing the findings of modern mathematical science in the larger context of the traditional sciences of anthropology, philosophy, and theology. William E. Carroll is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His major research areas include the reception of Aristotelian science in medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and the development of the doctrine of creation from nothing, in addition to the implications of classical and medieval theories of creation for contemporary scientific discourse on human origins and cosmogenesis. After Darwin, Aquinas is a project of the Thomistic Institute, made possible in part by the generous support of the Chiaroscuro Foundation. The lectures will be held the first three Tuesdays of April at 7:00 P.M. at 238 Thompson St., New York, New York, at the Catholic Center of NYU. The events are free and open to the public. A flier for the series can be found here.