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Charles H. Townes Lecture Series on Faith and Reason
The Charles Townes Lecture Series on Faith and Reason was established in 2006 by its namesake, 1935 Furman graduate and 1964 Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, to highlight the common ground between science and religion. Copies of lectures marked with *asterisks* are available in the University Archives.


I. 2006-2009
  • Owen Gingerich, "Proof and Persuasion: How Galileo Changed the Rules of Science," October 26, 2006, Shaw Hall/Younts Center
  • *Nancey Murphy, "Spirited Bodies: Human Nature in Philosophy, Science, and Baptist Theology," March 18, 2008, Shaw Hall/Younts Center*
  • *Freeman Dyson, "The Environment: Is it Science or is it Religion?," March 31, 2009, Shaw Hall/Younts Center*
  • *Albert L. Blackwell, "Sacred Cosmos: Forgotten Resources for Reasoning Faith and Faithful Reasoning," November 16, 2009, Shaw Hall/Younts Center*
II. 2010-
  • Holmes Rolston III, "Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind," October 26, 2010
  • Marilynne Robinson, "Nature and Human Nature," October 9, 2011, Shaw Hall/Younts Center
  • Philip Clayton, "From Quantum to Consciousness: What (If Anything) Does Emergent Complexity Tell Us About God?," October 16, 2012, Shaw Hall/Younts Center
  • Dr. Daniel Matt, "God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality," November 5, 2013, Shaw Hall/Younts Center