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Leegwater to speak Oct. 31, Nov. 1

October 23, 2005

Dr. Arie Leegwater, professor of chemistry at Calvin College, will present three lectures at Dordt College Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

“Why Creation Matters: Nature as Given Context” is the topic of a lecture Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. His second lecture, “Science and Religion: Nature as Interpreted Book” will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 3:15 p.m. His final lecture, “Science and Society: ‘Putting Science in its Place’” will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. All three lectures will be presented in the Science Building lecture hall S 101, and all are free and open to the public. Leegwater

Dr. Leegwater is the chair of Calvin College’s Initiative for the Study of Christianity and Science. His current research interests include the dynamic interrelationships between chemistry and physics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the interaction of science and religion, and the philosophy of chemistry. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities College Fellow-in-Residence, science editor for the Christian Scholar’s Review, and participant in the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity.

In “Why Creation Matters: Nature as Given Context” Leegwater will examine various responses to the question of how Christian confession of creation should impinge on and direct scientific practice in the Christian vocation of the sciences. The views of scientific creationists, concordists, complementarists and panentheists will be examined, along with recent contributions by John Polkinghorne, in an effort to elucidate a more reformed position which honors and acknowledges the critical Creator/creature distinction and its importance for scientific practice.

The lecture, “Science and Religion: Nature as Interpreted Book,” will contrast perceived interrelations of science and religion. If we consider religion as the central pivot that gives life as a whole its ultimate orientation, how might we best view the relationship of science and religion? Are there historical examples that aid us in this effort?

Leegwater’s final lecture, “Science and Society: ‘Putting Science in its Place’” will address whether the social analysis of science being advanced in recent decades probes deeply enough. Can a scientist find meaning in equations, observations, and technical terms by starting from an interpretive, or hermeneutic, framework?

The Leegwater lectures are part of the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education (ARIHE) Lectureship series. For more information about any of the lectures, contact John Kok at 712-722-6308.

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