Methodist University to Host 15th Annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture

Methodist University’s 15th annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture will feature Professor Lawrence Principe, who will speak on “The Science-Religion Debate: Past, Present, and Future, Myths and Realities.” The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, in Yarborough Auditorium, Clark Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Principe is the Drew Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry. He earned undergraduate degrees at the University of Delaware and did his graduate work at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins. He is the first recipient of the Francis Bacon Medal for significant contributions to the history of science.

“Professor Principe has been invited to Methodist University not only because of scholarly awards that he has received and praise as a speaker, but also because of his inclusion in the very popular and distinguished series entitled, ‘The Great Courses,’ available on DVD,” said Religion Professor Dr. Lloyd Bailey, event organizer.

Professor Principe’s research focuses on the late Medieval and early modern periods. He is the author of multiple volumes and scholarly articles, including “The Scientific Revolution,” and has co-authored a volume on alchemy that won the 2005 Pfizer Prize.

With an interest in the interactions of science and religion, Principe regularly teaches classes on this subject. His courses have received awards from the Templeton Foundation, and he had produced a 12-lecture DVD course entitled, “Science and Religion.”

The Bullard-Templeton Lecture Series, which was originally established in 2000 under a Templeton grant, was renamed in 2006 after local businessman Howard A. Bullard, Jr. and his wife Marta Bullard. The lectures are designed to explore the relationship between science and religion.

For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Lloyd Bailey at 910.630.7118.

Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with over 2,400 students from 41 states and 53 countries. Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations, 100 clubs and organizations, four master's degree programs, one doctoral degree program, and 20 NCAA III intercollegiate sports. To learn more about Methodist University, please visit methodist.edu or facebook.com/MethodistUniversity.

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