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Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God


The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
and the Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest project present

Darwin in the 21st Century:
Nature, Humanity, and God

November 1–3, 2009
University of Notre Dame
Center for Continuing Education, McKenna Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

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This international conference is devoted to evolutionary theory in its scientific, anthropological, philosophical, and theological dimensions as a contribution to the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species. Download conference postcard (PDF)

Featured Speakers

Gennaro Auletta,
Pontificial Gregorian University, Rome
Teleonomic and Teleologic Causation in Phylogeny and Ontogeny
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Francisco Ayala,
University of California, Irvine
Darwin's Revolution: From Natural Theology to Natural Selection
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Peter Bowler, Ph.D.,
Queen's University, Belfast
Imagining a World Without Darwin
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William Carroll,
Blackfriars, University of Oxford
After Darwin, Aquinas: A Universe Created and Evolving
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Celia Deane-Drummond,
University of Chester
Beyond Separation or Synthesis: Christ and Evolution as Theodrama
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Jean Gayon,
University of Paris I
Evolution Beyond Darwinism
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Paul Griffiths,
University of Sydney
Are Evolutionary Explanations of Religion Debunking Explanations?
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Michael Lynch, Ph.D.,
Indiana University
Evolution by Nonadaptive Mechanisms
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Kenneth Miller,
Brown University
Darwin, God, and Design-Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul
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Alessandro Minelli,
University of Padua
The Evolvability of Organic Forms: Possible, Likely and Unlikely Change, from the perspective of Evolutionary Developmental Biology
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Sandra Mitchell,
University of Pittsburgh
Evolution and the Mechanisms of Complexity
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Simon Conway Morris,
University of Cambridge
Conference presentation: The Cambrian "Explosion" and Some Implications for Evolution
Public address: Darwin's Compass: Why the Evolution of Humans is Inevitable
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Robert Richards,
University of Chicago
All that is most beautiful: Darwin's Theory of Morality and its Normative Validity
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Bernard Wood,
George Washington University
The Origin(s) of Modern Humans
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Archbishop Jozef Zycinski,
Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Evolutionary Theism and the Emergent Universe
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Conference Goals

  • examine the present state of theoretical discussion of evolutionary theory within the biological sciences
  • reflect on the future directions of evolutionary theory through interdisciplinary discussions by scientists, social scientists, philosophers of science, and theologians
  • explore issues at the intersection of evolutionary theory for our understanding of human nature
  • develop interdisciplinary dialogue involving theology, philosophy, and evolutionary biology to form new perspectives on evolutionary science, Christian humanism, and the theology of creation

Event Sponsors

College of Arts and Letters: Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (Henkels Family Lecture Fund)

College of Science

Office of Research


Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Theology

Program of Liberal Studies

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