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Annual lecture to consider religion, Western science Sept. 21 at BYU

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Religious Education at Brigham Young University will host the annual Hyrum B. Summerhays Lecture Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in 1080 Harold B. Lee Library.

David Grandy, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, will present “Rethinking the Thoughts of God: How Belief in God has Shaped Western Science,” which will highlight religious experiences of scientists like Newton, Einstein and Galileo. Admission is free.

In the lecture, he will describe how these scientists perceived deity and how their belief affected their research and, consequently, Western science. The historical background provided will come from Grandy’s personal experiences studying the history of science.

“They brought their religious ideas to their science,” Grandy said. “Those ideas were informing their science, and my observation was that very few if any would call themselves atheists.”

The goal of the annual Summerhays Lecture series is to give the university community and all others interested an opportunity to delve deeper into the relationship between science and religion.

For more information about this lecture, contact J. Ward Moody at (801) 422-4347, jmoody@byu.edu.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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