Saving Darwin's Soul and Science's Life

Jun 11, 2019
Kasbeer Hall
15th Floor
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson Street
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Conor CunninghamUniversity of Nottingham

$25 General / Free for current students with ID
$500 Host Committee (includes 10 tickets) / $2,500 Event Vice-Chair (includes 10 tickets) 
/ $5,000 Event Chair (includes 10 tickets). This program is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and is cosponsred by the Society of Catholic Scientists.

5:30pm   Hors d'oeuvres reception
6:30pm   Talk and Q&A
7:30pm   Close

The late 19th century witnessed the invention of what is now a well-worn trope: Science versus Religion. From this contrived construction modern fundamentalism was born: Scientific, Religious, and Philosophical. Such fundamentalisms spawned artificial ghettos of specialization that encouraged ambitions for totalizing disciplinesDarwinism was itself an example and victim of such blinkered vanity. Only by realizing the intrinsic marriage of all modes of knowledge can humanity's most creative efforts flourish; otherwise, nihilism ensues.


Conor Cunningham is Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy, and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham. Prof. Cunningham has degrees in Law, Philosophy, and Theology. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His prize-winning research has been translated into many languages including: French, Polish, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Russian. He is the author of Genealogy of Nihilism: Philosophies of Nothing and the Difference of Theology (2002), He is also the author of the award-winning book Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra Darwinists and Creationists Both Get it Wrong (2010).The third part of this trilogy is forthcoming: Soul and the Marriage of Discourse: The Return of Scientia. In addition, Prof. Cunningham was the writer and presenter of the multi-award-winning BBC documentary “Did Darwin Kill God?”