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Date: October 25, 2004 (04-99) 

Montgomery College to Present Faith in Science Colloquium
Experts with Varying Perspectives to Address Topic, November 7 

            Montgomery College will present a colloquium, entitled “Faith in Science,” on Sunday, November 7, at 2:30 p.m.  A panel of leading experts, including scientists, a philosopher, theologians from different faith groups, mathematicians, and a political scientist will examine the topic from a variety of perspectives.  The colloquium will take place in Room 122 of the College’s Health Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.  The event is free and open to the public.

            Scientific and faith communities have often clashed; some individuals have been burned for their beliefs. How and why did this conflict come about? Is this conflict necessary? What has been accomplished?  The panelists will answer these questions, and many more. For example, scientific investigations are based upon faith in certain things. What are the metaphysical principles (beliefs) that physics in based on? Are the metaphysical principles of other sciences, such as biology or chemistry, similar or different? What about the social sciences of psychology and sociology? What does it mean to have lost your faith in science?  These questions will be discussed first, by the panelists and then, with the audience, in an intriguing dialogue.

            Panelists confirmed to date include Dr. Duncan McIntosh, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring; Dr. Robert Brown, mathematics professor, Montgomery College; Dr. Paul Arveson, physicist and computer scientist from Rockville, and one of the founding members of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Tecola W. Hagos, painter, political scientist, and professor of English and philosophy, Montgomery College; Paula Matuskey, dean of humanities, Montgomery College; and Dr. Harold Williams, astrophysicist and professor of astronomy, Montgomery College.

              For more information about the colloquium, e-mail harold.williams@montgomerycollege.edu. For directions to the Health Sciences Center, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu and click on “Directories, or call 240-567-5000.”

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