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    HMNS/UST Special Lecture: Science and Religion

    Presented by and University of St. Thomas at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    April 27, 2010

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    HMNS/UST Special Lecture: Science and Religion

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents an HMNS Special Lecture entitled Science and Religion, Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. Speakers:  Francisco Ayala, Ph.D. & George V. Coyne, S.J..

    In a world changing every day by science, many grapple with the Science vs. Religion debate. Some think the two are not compatible, while others think the contrary. Two popular figures in this debate are uniquely familiar with both science and religion. Dr. Francisco Ayala is a renowned evolutionary biologist and a former Dominican priest. Father George Coyne is a Jesuit priest who is also a noted astronomer.

    As colleagues and friends, Dr. Ayala and Fr. Coyne will address Science vs. Religion in a spirited discussion. They may even bring up more questions. Could faith possibly be made stronger by science? Can science include or exclude divine action in the world?

    Dr. Francisco Ayala (pictured above) is University Professor of Biological Sciences, professor of philosophy, and professor of logic and the philosophy of science at the University of California at Irvine. He specializes in evolutionary genetics and uses DNA to track the path and flow of evolution.

    Father George V. Coyne, S.J. served as Director of the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Arizona for over 25 years. He retired as Director in August 2006, however he remains on the staff of the Vatican Observatory and continues as President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.

    Dr. Ayala and Fr. Coyne are returning to Houston after their popular talks given as part of the Darwin2009 Houston lecture series, but this time they are speaking together. This lecture is cosponsored by the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas,  who has been a key outreach part of the University of St. Thomas since 1994, conducting seminars, conferences and special presentations on the relationship between the Catholic worldview of faith and the American culture.

    Also sponsoring the event is the Houston Museum of Natural Science,  the UST Doherty Library, and  KUHF 88.7 FM.

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030

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    Admission Info:

    Member-Adult $12.00
    Member-Child (<18) $12.00
    Adult $17.00
    Child (3-11) $17.00
    Senior (62+) $17.00
    College (Current ID) $17.00
    Group (20+ persons) $17.00

    $5 for students. Tickets can also be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office. This student price is not exclusive to University of St. Thomas. Students from other Universities will have to show their student ID at the HMNS Box Office the evening of the lecture to pick up their tickets. For additional information, contact Dr. John Wilson at 713-942-5066.

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    Phone: (713) 639-4629


    Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline, just south of Hermann Drive. Parking is just $5 for museum patrons and $7 for all others. In addition, some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

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