Seattle University kicks off its new Catholic Heritage Lecture Series this month by welcoming Kenneth Miller, professor of biology from Brown University, for a presentation on “Darwin, God, and Design: America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution.” The Catholic Church, Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, points out, has come to recognize the validity of the theory of evolution. “As Catholics, we believe there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between science and religion,” he says. “Catholics see God at work in the evolutionary process even if it seems haphazard and strange. “Intellectual inquiry can be strengthened by faith,” he continues, “and some questions cannot be resolved by reason alone.”
The lecture series is one component of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, which the university will launch next fall. Ely says the purpose of the institute “is to help the university community appreciate the rich and diverse Catholic intellectual tradition, expressed not only in philosophy and theology, but in literature, arts, science, political theory and every aspect of culture.” In addition to the lecture series, the institute will support and encourage a variety of efforts by SU faculty to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to the surface and in conversation with issues of the day.
The first Catholic Heritage Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Pigott Auditorium. Learn more.