Lawrence Principe

Methodist University’s 17th annual Bullard-Templeton Lecture on Science and Religion will feature Lawrence Principe, who will speak on “The Origin of Life and Evolution: Must Science and Religion Disagree?” The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. on March 13 in the Physician Assistant Auditorium in the Medical Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Principe is the Drew Professor of Humanities in the Department of History of Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University 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 Professor of Religion Dr. Lloyd Bailey, the 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 has produced a 12-lecture DVD course titled, “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 A. Howard Bullard, Jr. and his wife, Marta. The lectures are offered free to the public and are designed to explore the relationship between science and religion.

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