Monday, November 10, 2014

[191] MTSU group brings religion, science together in Nov. 20 presentation

MURFREESBORO — Members of the MTSU community aim to dispel the notion that religion and science are mutually exclusive.

The MTSU Science and Spirituality Group will present a discussion titled “The Future is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality” with the Rev. Michael Dowd at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Unity of Murfreesboro, 130 S. Cannon Ave. in Murfreesboro.

“This presentation will focus on six points of agreement held in common by tens of millions of religious and nonreligious people across the globe and how to stay inspired in the face of changing climate and other large-scale challenges,” said Dr. Gary Wulfsberg, MTSU emeritus professor of chemistry.

Dowd, who refers to himself as an “evolutionary theologian,” earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and philosophy from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and his master’s degree in divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary, now Palmer Seminary, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His book, “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World,” has been endorsed by six Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, economics and physiology/medicine.

The Science and Spirituality Group grew out of conversations among MTSU professors about humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Since 2008, the group has brought accomplished speakers to campus to engage students, faculty and the public at large in dialogue that views both science and spirituality “as a valuable lens through which to explore perennial questions of human interest,” according to

For more information, contact Wulfsberg at or Unity of Murfreesboro at 615-907-6033.

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