From Dayton to Dover: What have we learned about evolution and Christian Faith? | SLS 2019

March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm | Chapel of Mercy

Almost 80 years after the famous 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial," the teaching of evolution was once again in the courtroom in Dover, Pennsylvania. What is it about the science of evolution that makes it so difficult for many Christians to come to terms with some of its consequences? This talk places this controversy within a U.S. context, but also shows that resources are available within the Christian tradition for a healthy dialogue between science and faith, even with some of the difficult problems raised by evolution.

Dr. Matthew Ashley

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame

This event is a part of the 2019 Spring Lecture Series | Faith/Reason/Science: Friends or Foes?

Recent studies conducted by the Pew Research Center confirm what many of us have experienced anecdotally—one of the top reasons young people abandon their Christian faith is because they think it conflicts with science. Perhaps this had been influenced by some scientists, labelled the New Atheists, who claim all religious faith is irrational by its very nature.

Join us this spring to discuss these issues with three nationally known Catholic scholars of the intersection of faith, science, and reason. Are science and religion necessarily in conflict? Can faith and science benefit each other? What is the relationship between faith and reason? 

Explorations in Faith & Reason is a new spring lecture series that combines Mount Mercy’s President's Lecture, Hesburgh Lecture, and Aquinas Lecture. For more information, visit


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