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 Georgetown Scholar to Lecture on Environmental Ethics 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Sept. 9, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854; e-mail: gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

PUBLIC INVITED TO EXPLORE ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS --

PRESTIGIOUS GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR TO LECTURE AT SRU

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Exploding populations. Diminishing water supply. Global epidemics. An overriding challenge in the 21st century: Does everyone have the moral obligation to care for the environment? Does science provide compelling reasons to do so? Do ethics or religion?           

            The public is invited to explore these profound questions when Slippery Rock University hosts a Sept. 18 lecture by Dr. John Haught, director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Georgetown University. His talk, “Science and the Question for Cosmic Purpose,” is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at SRU’s Spotts World Culture Building.

            The gulf between science and religion has had a particularly serious impact on whether people feel a moral responsibility for the environment. The aim of Haught’s lecture is to further a “new understanding of ‘stewardship’ of the earth, one that corresponds to an experience of our lives as an ongoing journey, in a dynamic, evolving and restless universe.”

           A Landegger distinguished professor of theology, Haught has written a number of books pertaining to the idea of cosmic purpose,  “Nature and Purpose”  (1980), “The Cosmic Adventure” (1984), “The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose” (1993)), and, “God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution” (2000).  

           His visit is sponsored by SRU’s philosophy department’s Center for Applied and Professional Ethics.

            Support for the lecture comes also from the biology department, the Master of Science in Sustainable Systems Program and the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts. 

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