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Relationship Between Science and Religion Topic of Public Lecture at the University of Dallas

2/6/2008 - 6:59 AM PST

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IRVING, TX (FEBRUARY 6, 2006) - The University of Dallas will sponsor a public lecture by Guy Consolmagno, S.J., distinguished scientist and major interpreter of the relationship between science and religion, on Thursday, March 6, 2008. The lecture, "How Scientists Think About Religion," will be held from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Gorman Lecture Center, Room A, on the University's Irving campus located at 1845 E. Northgate Dr. in Irving. The lecture is free and seating is limited.

"Bro. Guy is both a first rate scientist and a man committed to living the faithful, reflective, religious life of a Jesuit brother," said Dr. William Frank, professor of philosophy at UD and lecture organizer. "He is a living witness of the compatibility of scientific inquiry and Christian faith. It is an important part of wisdom to understand that compatibility of faith and reason."

Consolmagno has been an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory since 1993 and is currently the curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo, one of the largest in the world. He has coauthored five astronomy books: Turn Left at Orion (Cambridge University Press, 1989); Worlds Apart (Prentice Hall, 1993); The Way to the Dwelling of Light (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998); Brother Astronomer (McGraw Hill, 2000); and God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion (Jossey-Bass, 2007). He has also published more than 100 scientific papers.

Consolmagno obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. After taking his vows as a Jesuit brother, he studied philosophy, theology, and physics before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory.

The public lecture by Consolmagno, sponsored by the University of Dallas Departments of Physics, Philosophy, and Theology, is part of a three-day visit to the University of Dallas. In addition to the lecture, he will be leading discussions in selected classes and meeting with students and faculty.

About the University of Dallas
The University of Dallas is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts university with more than 3,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs through the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the Graduate School of Management, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Ministry.

UD is the youngest university in the 20th century to be granted a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and 16 students have received Fulbright awards since 1994. The fall 2007 freshman class is the largest in the University's history; the MBA program is the largest in the southwestern United States, based on the number of students enrolled; Braniff offers the only Ph.D. program in the United States with a core curriculum in the great books; and the School of Ministry is the fastest growing graduate school in its field in the United States.

The University of Dallas has its main campus in Irving, Texas, an international campus near Rome, Italy, and satellite campuses in North Richland Hills and Frisco, Texas.

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