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Dr. Stephen Meyer to Deliver Lecture on Intelligent Design

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, a premier academic in the intelligent design movement, will deliver a lecture at Covenant College titled “Darwin’s Doubt.” Meyer’s lecture, followed by a time of Q&A, will be held in the Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Meyer serves as the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Prior to serving full time at the Discovery Institute, Meyer worked as a geophysicist and taught philosophy and philosophy of science at Whitworth College. He earned his PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Meyer is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperCollins).


Stephen Meyer on Darwin’s Doubt

Meyer’s lecture at Covenant College will center on the ideas explored in his book Darwin’s Doubt. HarperCollins Publishers provides a helpful synopsis of Meyer’s project:


“When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the ‘Cambrian explosion,’ many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.  


“In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms… Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.”


The lecture is brought to Covenant by the Ray Dameron Science and Theology Club. Dr. Hans Madueme, assistant professor of theological studies, started the club as part of a two-year Oxford grant (with the help of Drs. Tim Morris and Don Petcher). It provides a forum where students can learn to think well about key questions at the interface of science and religion. The club is named in honor of Dr. Ray Dameron, the first professor of science at Covenant—Dameron taught physics at Covenant College from 1964-1994.


The lecture is free and open to the public.


This event is supported by SCIO and the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.