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Arens to speak at College Chapel

Nan Crystal Arens of the HWS geoscience faculty will speak on “Can the Bible and Science Both be True?” at the 5:30 p.m. College Chapel service on Sunday, Feb. 12 in St. John’s Chapel on South Main Street. All are invited.

Her talk is part of the national celebration of “Evolution Sunday,” when hundreds of Christian churches from across the country and representing a host of denominations will discuss the compatibility of religion and science.

A birthday cake for Charles Darwin will be served following the service.

Arens, who joined the faculty in 2001, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State University and her doctorate from Harvard University. She is a former chair of the Department of Geoscience and has taught courses in paleontology.

“For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science,” said Dr. Michael Zimmerman, founder of the project. “As of today, we have 366 congregations planning to give talks to disprove this false dichotomy.”

The celebration coincides with the 197th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Participating religious leaders and others will be making the statement that religion and science are not adversaries.

“Evolution Sunday and The Clergy Letter represent a new kind of grassroots effort by members of the Christian leadership in America to reclaim Christianity from those using it for their narrow sectarian advantage,” Zimmerman said.

The list of participating congregations can be found on the Evolution Sunday Web site, The site also lists more than 30 sermons already delivered by members of The Clergy Letter Project on the topic of the compatibility of religion and science.