on Religion and Culture
Professor Barr will argue that the supposed conflict between science and religion has really beena conflict between a philosophy called “scientific materialism” and religion. It is largely based on certain misconceptions about Christian belief, an outdated view of scientific history, and a skewed interpretation of what science has actually discovered about the world. He will first explain certain basic theological ideas, then tell the story of the relation between Christianity and science, including some dramatic facts that are relatively little known, and conclude by discussing several discoveries of twentieth century physics that arguably are more consonant with the traditional religious view of the cosmos and of human beings than with materialist philosophy.
Stephen M. Barr is Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware.
He received his Ph.D.
in theoretical particle physics from Princeton University in 1978. Princeton awarded him the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Fellowship “for distinguished research”. He went on to do research at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral fellow, the University of Washington as a Research Assistant Professor, and Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Associate Scientist, before joining the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1987. He was elected Director of the Bartol Research Institute of the University of Delaware in 2011. Prof. Barr has written extensively and lectured widely on the relation of science and religion. He was elected to the Academy of Catholic Theology in 2010. Prof. Barr is the founding president of the Society of Catholic Scientists. He and his wife Kathleen have five grown children and live in Newark, Delaware.