Parchman Lectures Feature Templeton Prize Winner

Sept. 26, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. John Polkinghorne, one of the world's premier thinkers about the intersection of religion and science, will give the Parchman Endowed Lectures Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Polkinghorne will give his first lecture - "Is There Anyone There?" - at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary. At 3 p.m. Oct. 1, his lecture topic will be "Can a Scientist Pray?" His final lecture - "How Will It End?" - was originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2 in the Powell Chapel. It will instead be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 1.

Polkinghorne is a Fellow of Queens' College in Cambridge and Canon Theologian of Liverpool. He holds doctorates in both physics and theology and is an ordained priest in the Church of England. Polkinghorne, the retired president of Queens' College, is the author of 16 books, including The Faith of a Physicist and Science and Theology. In April, he was named recipient of the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.

The Parchman Endowed Lectures bring world-renowned theologians to the Baylor campus and enable Truett Seminary to make a significant contribution to the realm of theological dialogue and the life of the church. The lectures were established in 1999 by Leo and Gloriana Parchman to encourage dynamic discussion on topics related to theological studies.

While visiting Baylor, Polkinghorne will speak to Baylor students at Chapel at 10 and 11 a.m. Sept. 30 in Waco Hall. He also will take part in the Dirac Centenary Conference on theoretical physics and the history and philosophy of science.

For more information, contact Dr. Roger Olson, professor of theology at Truett Seminary, at (254) 710-6654.

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