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Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion
to Host Evolutionary Scientist Kenneth Miller

RELEASED: Oct. 9, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion will host guest lecturer Kenneth Miller for a free discussion about "intelligent design" and evolutionary science from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

It has been 80 years since the Scopes "monkey trial," but some contend that the current debate between science and religion has never been more heated and that recent efforts to introduce "intelligent design" into science classes will likely lead to a major Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Kenneth Miller

Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, is a preeminent evolutionary scientist and the author of the most widely used high school biology textbook in America, as well as "Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution." He was the lead witness in the Pennsylvania "intelligent design" case that began in September 2005. The case involves a group of parents who are suing the school district for requiring high school biology teachers to read a four-paragraph statement to students that casts doubt on Darwin's theory of evolution. The paragraphs imply that life could not have arisen without the help of an intelligent hand (i.e. "intelligent design"). On the stand, Miller noted that virtually every prominent scientific organization in the United States has upheld Darwin's theory of evolution as an unshakeable pillar of science and that "intelligent design" is "a form of creationism."

In "Finding Darwin's God," Miller contends that, properly understood, evolution adds depth and meaning not only to a strictly scientific view of the world, but also to a spiritual one. He writes that he is a firm believer in evolution, but he also believes in God, and he doesn't think the two beliefs are mutually exclusive.

Miller has written major articles for numerous scientific journals and magazines, including Nature, Scientific American, Cell and Discover. He also has appeared on PBS as a scientific commentator. He currently lives in Rehoboth, Mass.

This lecture is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit the CVDSR Web site or contact Charlene Burns, director of the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion, at 715-836-2930 or burnscp@uwec.edu.

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