"Should Intelligent Design Be Taught as Science?"

Colloquium at Claremont McKenna College -- November 6, 2018

The Claremont Center will sponsor a Colloquium on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., in Kravis Center 321 on the Claremont McKenna College campus.  This will be our first examination of the debate over Intelligent Design. We will begin by showing a video of a debate between Michael Behe and Stephen Barr, held at Wheaton College, IL, on April 7, 2010. The topic of the debate was “Should Intelligent Design Be Taught as Science?” and lasts just over one hour. This will be followed by general discussion of the issues raised in the debate. The debate is available below for those who wish to view it before the Colloquium.

Michael Behe is perhaps the leading and most influential working scientist in the Intelligent Design movement. He is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His most influential works are Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism.

Stephen Barr is a research physicist at the Bartol Research Institute at the University of Delaware. He is also President of the Society of Catholic Scientists and writes frequently on science and religion. His best known work on this subject is Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. Barr is a noted critic of Intelligent Design.

The Kravis Center is the large building on the west edge of the CMC campus, directly east of Honnold library. Room 321 is on the 3rd floor, south side of the building. The address is 888 Columbia Ave. For those driving into Claremont for the session, parking can sometimes be difficult to find within a block or so of the building. Often there is parking on 12th St., just north and west of the Kravis Center or on Dartmouth Ave., one block west of the Kravis Center. Also, there should be ample street parking in the residential neighborhood west of College Ave., which is about three blocks from the building in which we will be meeting.

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