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FSU Professors to Present a Dialogue on "God and Time"
10/13/2000

Dr. George Plitnik of the Frostburg State University Physics Department and Dr. Paul La Chance of the English Department will present a dialogue on "God and Time" Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the FSU Cordts Physical Education Center's Leake Room.

This talk, which is part of the Faculty Lecture Series and sponsored by the Faculty Development Subcommittee, will reflect on issues found in science and religion in the 20th century.

Both professors traveled to Oxford for a five-day conference on "God and Time" this past summer as winners of the 2000 Science and Religion International Course Competition for their seminar "Physics and Metaphysics." The Oct. 26 dialogue will provide the opportunity for them both to reflect upon the Oxford University Conference and to provide a sample of the team teaching methods they will be using in the spring 2001 offering of "Physics and Metaphysics."

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences of the University of California - Berkeley, which seeks greater harmony between religion and science in the modern age, gave a $10,000 competition award to this new FSU course. By mutual agreement, half of the award has been earmarked for library books; already some $700 worth of books have been bought by the Ort Library in the modern science aspect of this meeting between science and religion. An additional 100 books have been submitted for purchase to cover the religious side of the equation, giving special attention to books in Asian traditions steeped in the mystical life.

The award-winning course will be offered for the first time as PHSC 444 next semester Wednesdays from 6 to 8:40 p.m.

The Oxford Summer Conference brought together internationally recognized and published scientists and theologians who offered their perspectives on the current dialogue between science and religion - including some controversial, indeed radical, positions. Drs. Plitnik and LaChance regonize the major impact the Oxford exposure has had on their current thinking and teaching. They look forward to discussing publicly their Oxford University experience and the latest discoveries in the interface between today's science and religion.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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