St. John's Seminary Presents Speaker Series on Science, Theology and Religion: Friends in the Quest for Truth

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Public Invited to Lectures at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo

When and where did life begin? How are we as humans here and why do we exist? What if anything can science offer about God's existence?

St. John’s Seminary announced today that it will present a lecture series in 2012 featuring lecturers from several top academic institutions on the always intriguing and sometimes collision prone intersections of science, theology and religion in the search for truth.

Father Jim Clarke, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Spiritual Theology at St. John’s Seminary is the Faculty Coordinator for the series. “We are very pleased to be able to bring these distinguished lecturers from other leading academic institutions to our community at St. John’s and to Southern California. This will be a great opportunity to hear from and talk with these thought provoking leaders in a small lecture hall at St. John’s. When and where did life begin? How are we as humans here and why do we exist? What, if anything, can science offer about God’s existence? What can faith bring to the pursuit of scientific knowledge? These are just a few of the topics our lecturers will be covering,” says Father Clarke.

All lectures will be held on Thursdays, beginning at 6:30 and ending by 9:00 p.m. Cost for the entire series of eight lectures is $80 or participants can purchase individual tickets for $15.

“St. John’s is a great place to think, to learn and to discover. For all of us here, the opportunity to welcome colleagues from other institutions and to provide a forum to welcome the public to discussions of such important issues is a blessing. We’re looking forward to hearing from our speakers and being challenged by their questions and insights. We encourage folks to buy their tickets early as these lectures will undoubtedly sell out,” says Monsignor Craig Cox, Rector/ President at St. John’s Seminary.

Dates for the lectures, distinguished lecturers and the titles of their lectures include:

Thursday, January 19, 2012 “Science, Theology and Religion”
Janice Daurio, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Moorpark College

Thursday, February 2, 2012 “Astronomy and God”
John B. Bulman, Ph.D., Chairman, Department of Physics, Loyola Marymount University

Thursday, February 16, 2012 “Physics, Creation and the Beginning of Time”
Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., President, Magis Center of Reason and Faith

Thursday, March 1, 2012 “Quantum Physics, Theology and a New Reality”
William Stoeger, S.J., Ph.D., Coordinator, Science and Theology Programs
Vatican Research Group, University of Arizona

Thursday, March 22, 2012 “The Chemistry of Life and Evolution”
Nicholas V. Hud, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry
Georgia Tech University

Thursday, March 22, 2012 “Apparitions: Seeing Jesus and Mary in the World”
Ann Taves, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies. Catholic Chair
University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday, April 19, 2012 “The Science of Economics and Catholic Social Teaching”
Andrew Yuengert, Ph.D., Professor to Economics
Pepperdine University

Thursday, May 3, 2012 “The Interrelationship Between Theology an d Science”
Rev. John Brennan, S.T.L., S.T.D., Professor of Systematic Theology
St. John’s Seminary

Cost for the entire lecture series is $80. For each lecture individually the tickets are $15 each. To register online please visit, call (805) 389-2035 or email advancement(at)stjohnsem(dot)edu

St. John’s Seminary is a multicultural community of seminarians pursuing advanced professional degrees leading to ordination and pastoral ministry (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry) and teaching Catholic theology (M.A.). Seminarians come from diverse backgrounds, ages and professions. The St. John’s Seminary campus includes the Edward Laurence Doheny and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Libraries, providing seminarians with excellent access to research materials and services. For more information on St. John’s Seminary please call the Office of Advancement at (805) 482-2755 ext 2035 or write advancement(at)stjohnsem(dot)edu

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