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Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum June 22-23

on June 17, 2017 - 6:58am

Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University is coming to Los Alamos June 22-23 to help answer the question,‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ Courtesy photo


“Why is there something rather than nothing?” This question is posed by two scientists in this month’s issue of Physics Today. This question also intrigues the members of the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum ( and they have invited noted theologian, Distinguished Professor John Haught from Georgetown University, to Los Alamos to help answer it.

Professor Haught will be in Los Alamos next weekend and will speak at 7 p.m. June 22 and June 23 at Fuller Lodge.

Thursday, June 22, the title of his talk is “Science, Religion, and Cosmic Purpose”. Most issues in contemporary discussions of science and religion come down to the question of whether the universe may reasonably be said to have a purpose. This lecture examines the question of whether the natural sciences are compatible with the widespread religious claim that the universe is here for a reason.

Friday, June 23, Professor Haught will address “Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake”. In 1859, Charles Darwin (1809-1882) published On the Origin of Species introducing his famous theory of evolution. Biologists today marvel at how well the theory has held up during the last century and a half. This lecture examines the question of the compatibility of contemporary evolutionary biology with religion and specifically with biblical faith.

John F. Haught (Ph. D. Catholic University, 1970) is Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University, Washington DC. He was formerly Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University (1970-2005) and Chair (1990-95).

His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He has written more than 20 books, including:

  • The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe (2017);
  • Resting On the Future: Catholic Theology for an Unfinished Universe (2015);
  • Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and The Drama of Life (2010);
  • God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens (2008);
  • Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature (2007);
  • Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science (2006);
  • Purpose, Evolution and the Meaning of Life (2004); and
  • God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (2000; 2nd Ed 2007).

He has authored numerous articles and reviews, and lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion. In 2002, he won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, and in 2004 the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence. In 2008, he received a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education.