Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs: AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion
News & Events: Public LectureEvolution & the Quest for Purpose
26 April 2001
Aspirations to live virtuously and courageously emerged in our earthly human history in conjunction with the convictions of most of our ancestors that the universe is here for a reason, that there is some "point" or purpose to the cosmos and hence to our lives. But can we any longer think plausibly that the universe is purposeful, especially in light of evolution? This talk will propose several ways in which evolutionary portraits of life and the universe may allow us to connect a religious sense of cosmic purpose, as well as moral aspiration, with the evolutionary discoveries of natural science.
- Dr. John Haught, Landegger Distinguished Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
- Dr. Eric Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science & Technology, Library of Congress