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Dialogues Explore Links Between Science and Religion

At the invitation of a Hobart grad, HWS professors open Buffalo lecture series

(Sept. 24, 2004) BUFFALO, N.Y.– The Rev. Ethan James Cole, curate of St. Paul's Cathedral and a 2000 Hobart graduate, welcomes Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professors Mary Gerhart and Allan Melvin Russell for a two-day dialogue exploring the role of human beings as divine agents, bringing earthly life to the universe.

These provocative discussions, called “The Divine Conjectures: Toward a Living Universe,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Swift Auditorium at Buffalo General Hospital, 100 High Street. They are free and open to the public.

Gerhart and Russell are joint fellows of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences as well as authors. They are the first guest speakers for the 2004-05 lecture series. This year's discussions focus on promoting balanced and exploratory dialogues between science and religion.

The professors' talk will address divine acts and mankind's role in their occurrence. They will address such questions as: How does the Divine act in the Universe? Do we on Earth have roles as agents in Divine action? Can we expect there to be other life in the universe?

The series is supported by a Local Societies Initiative grant from the Metanexus Institute and St. Paul's Cathedral.

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