Professor explores creation and evolution theories

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond concluded the two-day Templeton Colloquium with a discussion of creation ex nihilo and Darwinian evolution Wednesday afternoon.The Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study (NDIAS) and visiting Templeton fellow Dr. Douglas Hedley of Cambridge University sponsored the colloquium. Featured speakers from multiple disciplines discussed Plato’s notion of participation in the divine, used in a Christian sense to explain the relation between creature and Creator. Deane-Drummond began her talk by posing a question about the current predicament of science and faith.“How, in a secular world dominated by an evolutionary paradigm, is it still reasonable to think about creation, Christ and spirit?” Deane-Drummond said.Within this frame, Deane-Drummond explored possible answers to this question through secular and religious outlets that engage with the biological sciences.“Evolutionary theory has, ever since Darwin, resisted the idea of non-material forces operative in the emergent beings,” she said. “But, more recently, secular writers are beginning to open up alternatives that biologists are prepared to take seriously. ”Deane-Drummond cited New York University philosopher Thomas Nagel as one such writer who is willing to accept the presence of a non-material transcendent force in the universe but does not credit creation to a god.Deane-Drummond made use of Aquinas’ understanding of creation to bring Platonic notions and the theory of evolutiony into agreement.“Aquinas develops a hierarchy in the ordering of being, from rocks through to intelligent lif, and, ultimately, humanity,” Deane-Drummond said. “Aquinas marries this hierarchal view with Platonic concept of an absolute Being that is the ultimate source of all such being.”Deane-Drummond proceeded totdiscuss evolutionary theory as an enduring hypothesis based in speculation through a biological viewpoint..She said a model of analogy would make best sense of possible relations between the philosophical concept of participation and evolutionary theory.She said suggested analogies included the symbiosis of creatures contributing to the life of each other while ultimately dependine on God. The process of cooperation of organisms through niche-construction theory was also posited as an analogy of how creatures participate in God’s immanence.“I suggest the language of analogy edges towards the meaningful in what might seem incomprehensible difference,” she said. “It is only by experimenting and speaking a language that resonates with those we are in dialogue with that a faint glimmering of insight can come to the surface.Tags: creation, evolution, Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, participation, Templeton Colloquiumlast_img read more

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How to enjoy your tropical vacation while on a budget

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Just because you are watching your money closely, doesn’t mean you can’t travel to a luxury resort without breaking the bank. My husband and I recently traveled to Turks and Caicos Islands and although the resort and its amenities were quite pricey, we were able to fully enjoy our trip because of a variety of smart money choices we made while there. From our experience, here are a few ways you can have a luxury tropical vacation (or an incredible honeymoon) without going broke.Go to the groceryWe immediately learned from other travelers that stopping by the local grocery store for food and beverages was critical to saving money. Like many other locales, resorts in the Caribbean are known to be extremely pricey. We learned this the hard way after spending over $100 on our first lunch on the property upon our arrival. We quickly made plans to bike ride to the store and we saved tremendously on necessities for our week stay. For example, instead of eating every meal at expensive restaurants, because our room had a full kitchen, we bought items to cook for lunch and planned to eat dinners out instead.Walk (or bike) don’t rideInstead of paying for taxis every time we needed to travel around town, we decided early on we would either walk or ride the bikes provided by the resort. Also, we learned quickly that renting a car for getting around town was also pricey. So, by walking and biking instead of riding, we not only saved money but also got some much-needed exercise.Listen to the localsOne of our favorite evenings during our week stay was the night of the local fish fry. Locals working at the resort informed us of the event, hosted by the local tourism department. At the event, we not only found great food at low prices, but also inexpensive souvenirs handmade by local merchants. So, by listening to suggestions from those from the area, we were able to get a glimpse of the local culture, meet Turks natives, all while saving greatly on food, drinks, and gifts.last_img read more

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Twisters, Trojans, & Tigers Win Soccer Regional Crowns

first_imgCongratulations to our three area Soccer Teams on winning Regional Titles on Saturday (10-18).Girls 1A Regional Finals @ Heritage Hills.Lawrenceburg  3     Heritage Hills  2The Lady Tigers will be taking on The Triton Central Lady Tigers in The Semi-States at Evansville Mater Dei on Saturday (10-25).Girls Class 2A Regional Finals @ East Central.East Central  1     New Castle  0The Lady Trojans will be squaring off against The Castle Lady Knights in The Semi-States at Evansville Harrison on Saturday (10-25).Boys Class 1A Regional Finals @ Knightstown.Oldenburg Academy  4     Centerville  2The Twisters will be battling The Providence Pioneers in The Semi-States at Floyd Central on Saturday (10-25).The best of luck to all of our area Soccer Teams at The Semi-States!Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img read more

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Pre-World Cup Friendly: Bolasie to Lead DR Congo against Eagles

first_imgEverton star forward Yannick Bolasie will lead a 32-man DR Congo squad dominated by overseas pros for a May 28 World Cup warm-up against Nigeria in Port Harcourt.Other top pros stars are Paul Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege/Belgium), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), Cedric Bakambu (China) and Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United).DRC will use this match to prepare for a 2019 AFCON qualifier against Liberia. The team will fly into Nigeria on a special chartered flight on May 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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