April 27, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 16

Biologist to Speak On 'God, Darwin and Design'

To say that Brown University biologist Kenneth R. Miller takes his job pretty seriously is putting it mildly.

Miller has been one of the most visible, and steadfast, defenders of evolution during more than two decades of legal challenges and public debates about the teaching of science. Most recently, he was a witness at the Dover, Pa., evolution trial which challenged the school board's mandate to incorporate intelligent design into the science curriculum.

This Tuesday, May 2, Miller will discuss the Dover case and other controversies at 3 p.m. in Robsham Theater. Miller's talk, "God, Darwin and Design: America's New Battle Over Evolution," is sponsored by the Biology Department and is free and open to the public.

While advocating for the scientific integrity of evolution, Miller also affirms his belief that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. In an interview with, Miller noted that "many people in the scientific community, in the United States and around the world, hold strong religious points of view and do not see their points of view conflicting with working in science or even with the philosophy of science."

Discussing the ongoing controversy on faith-science issues, Miller said: "When religion places itself in conflict with science, that is, when religion says that we have to reject scientific explanations for religious reasons, it basically means that every time science advances in understanding, religion contracts."

Miller says this rejection of mainstream science works against faith because "it essentially argues that religion is disapproved by the mechanisms and tools of science. That's a profound theological mistake."

DeLuca Professor of Biology and department chairman Marc Muskavitch said Miller's presentation will "promote the thoughtful inquiry and respectful debate that reflect the best aspects of intellectual life at Boston College."

Miller, says Muskavitch, "shares a perspective that bridges the divide between opposed partisans who demand that each of us choose between faith and reason."

For more information on Miller's appearance, call ext.2-3541 or see

-Sean Smith

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