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Ways to Explore Science and Spirituality

Ways to Explore Science and Spirituality

The Institute for Religion and Science is a regional center that explores science and spirituality, hosted at CHC. Each year, the Institute holds several thought-provoking lectures given by experts in their fields. This fall is no exception.

Presentations are listed below. All programs are held at the SugarLoaf Campus and are free and open to the public. No registration is required.   www.irands.org

John Haught, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
How Much Can Biology Explain?
Charles Darwin and Bernard Lonergan, SJ

October 8, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Evolutionary biology contributes much to our present understanding of life, and it promises also to deepen our understanding of human intelligence, ethics and even religion. For some evolutionists, however, Darwin’s science is so impressive that it now supplants theology by providing what appears to be the ultimate explanation of all manifestations of life including human intelligence. By using the Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan's theory of understanding and knowing, this lecture examines the question of whether theology can still have an explanatory role to play alongside of biology in our attempts to understand mind, life and the universe.

Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, CHC
Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?
November 2, 7 p.m.

Dreams are a fascinating way to gain new or deeper understanding of one’s identity. At the same time, there are often misconceptions about dreams and exploring dreams can be confusing. This interactive lecture will provide an overview of present research on dreams as well as some of the cultural factors associated with dream work. 

Dr. Methikalam is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program and Assistant Director of Clinical Training at Chestnut Hill College. She has experience with individuals, couples and group therapy. Her clinical and research interests include perfectionism, family expectations, multicultural issues, and South Asian concerns, particularly, immigrant experiences, acculturation, cultural identities and the psychology of women.

Robert Novak, CFC, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Spiritual Insight on Studying the Atmosphere of Mars
November 14, 7 p.m.

Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center and their collaborators have been analyzing the components of the atmosphere of Mars, particularly, water, ozone and methane. In this lecture, Brother Robert Novak will share details about his research and the impact of his study of Mars’ atmosphere on his spirituality and experience of community among his coworkers.

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