Hiram College

Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the Claremont Graduate University, will serve as the speaker for the Lectures in Religion scheduled for February 11 and 12, 2008. His theme is “Why the ‘New Atheism’ Isn’t New: The Path from Scientific Reductionism to Reenchantment.”

Clayton’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of science and religion. His approach mixes the disciplines of science, philosophy, theology, and comparative religions to address the ethical, cultural, and political issues that stem from opposing perspectives among those disciplines. He works to show the compatibility of science with religion where those fields can be integrated.

Clayton earned a joint PhD from the Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Yale University. His books include Mind and Emergence and God and Contemporary Science.

The Lectures in Religion series begins on February 11 at 7:30 PM when Clayton presents “Dawkins’ ‘God Delusion’ and Other Things that Science Doesn’t Prove.” Two lectures follow on February 12: “Deeper Challenges: How to Respond to Broad Naturalism and Spirituality without Belief” at 12:30 PM, and “Process, Emergence, and Panentheism: Christianity for a Scientific Age” at 2:45 PM.

All events are free and open to the public. Lectures will be held in Hiram’s Kennedy Center Ballroom, State Route 700 in Hiram. For more information, please call Professor of Religious Studies Jon Moody at 330-569-5147.