Stephen Barr Announced as Presidential Scholar
“God, The Soul, and The Laws of Physics”
NEW YORK, January 4, 2012—The King’s College is pleased to announce that physicist Stephen Barr will be visiting New York as our first Presidential Scholar in 2012. He will be at King’s for one week, beginning January 23 and will give a public lecture on January 24.
The Presidential Scholars Program brings some of today’s finest thinkers to our Empire State Building campus. In New York, Scholars will speak to our students, work with our faculty, and defend ideas about God, limited government, and free enterprise in an increasingly combative public square.
“Our nation is embroiled in many crises that are—at their roots—intellectual, moral, and spiritual. We need statesmen and stateswomen who will defend timeless truths against the aggression of the new atheism and the radical secularism that we see in society today,” said Dinesh D’Souza, President of The King’s College.
Dr. Barr’s topic at King’s will be “God, The Soul, and The Laws of Physics.” His lectures—many of which will be filmed and put online—will explore the intersection of faith and science, with a particular emphasis on arguments for the existence of God from the physical and natural sciences.
He will also give a public lecture titled “Chance, Providence & Evolution” at the offices of First Things, a journal of religion and culture. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Dr. Barr is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, as well as a member of the Bartol Research Institute there. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1978 and went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and to hold research faculty positions at the University of Washington and the Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research centers on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe. He was written 140 research papers, and he also writes and lectures extensively on the relation of science and religion.
Dr. Barr is the author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith and A Student’s Guide to Natural Science. He has also written for The Public Interest, The Weekly Standard, Academic Questions, and First Things, where he serves on the editorial advisory board.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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