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Dr. Michael Shermer.

You’re invited to a special evening with Dr. Keith Ward vs. Dr. Michael Shermer, “Has Science Made God Obsolete?: The Great Debate” – moderated by Dr. Daniele Struppa, Chancellor and President-Designate Chapman University on Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:30-9 p.m. in Memorial Hall Auditorium.

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Chancellor Daniele Struppa

In this great debate over one of the most profound questions of our time, theologian and priest Dr. Keith Ward and scientist and skeptic Dr. Michael Shermer challenge each other on the nature of reality, science and religion, and God’s existence. Can science really explain the origin of the universe, life, consciousness, and morality without recourse to God? Or does science in fact provide enough evidence to make belief in God rational? Don’t miss this epic event with one of the world’s leading theists and one of the world’s leading atheists.

Dr. Keith Ward is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy. A philosopher, theologian, and priest in the Church of England, he is the author of numerous bestselling books including:
Christ and the Cosmos
The Evidence for God
God, Chance and Necessity
Christianity: A Guide for the Perplexed
Pascal’s Fire: Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding
; and
Why There Almost Certainly Is a God—Doubting Dawkins
. Dr. Ward is visiting Chapman University as the 2016 Griset Lecturer in Christian Ethics.

Dr. Michael Shermer is Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the author of several bestselling books including: The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, The Science of Good and Evil, Why Darwin Matters, and Why People Believe Weird Things. His two TED talks were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2000 TED talks.

Dr. Daniele Struppa is Chancellor of Chapman University, and will be its 13-th President on September 1st, 2016. He received his doctorate degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Milano, at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, and at George Mason University in Virginia, where he served as director of the Center for the Applications of Mathematics, as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and finally as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of more than 200 papers and has edited or co-authored more than ten books.

This debate is co-sponsored by t
he Griset Lectureship in Christian Ethics
; the
Department of Religious Studies
Wilkinson Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
; the Fish Interfaith Center, and the Office of the
Chancellor at Chapman University
and is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact
Prof. Nancy Martin