Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beyond Intelligent Design

Full disclosure: I get pretty frustrated by this entire debate. Perhaps because I grew up with a mother who is both an ecologist and a committed Christian, it always seemed self-evident that God could work through the process of evolution to generate the beauty and splendor of our natural world. I really don't see why Darwin's Theory of Evolution should be any more controversial to Christians than Newton's Law of Gravity.

Chris Carlisle, M. Div. gave the following half-hour talk at my home parish, St. James Episcopal Church, in Greenfield, MA on March 8, 2010. This lecture is a "must" for anyone willing to leave their preconceptions behind and open up dialogue between the religious and scientific communities.

Chaplain at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design Carlisle has strong ties to academia as well as to organized religion. He quickly moves beyond the usual stale debate and offers fresh insight into the nature of God and the presence of God in nature.