Luther College professor to discuss new book regarding religion, science and evolution Robert Shedinger will discuss his work around Darwinian skepticism on Oct. 3.What
Luther College professor to discuss new book regarding religion,
science and evolution
Robert Shedinger will
discuss his work around Darwinian skepticism on Oct. 3.
What happens when a professor
of religion looks into the scientific literature of evolution biology? That was
for Robert Shedinger, Luther College professor of religion, to find out as he
began preparing to teach an existing course at the college called science and religion
“I found the
evolution/religion debate much more complex and interesting than I realized,”
said Shedinger. “This debate is often framed as evolutionary theory being
the most successful scientific theory of all time, meaning that those who
question it are either ignorant of science, or are anti-science religious
fundamentalists, or both. I soon learned this framing did not represent reality.
There are scientifically literate people making substantive criticisms of
aspects of modern evolutionary theory, and not all of them hold to conservative
This realization and research
ultimately led Shedinger to write his latest book, “The Mystery of
Evolutionary Mechanisms: Darwinian Biology’s Grand Narrative of Triumph and the
Subversion of Religion.” Shedinger will share his journey from being an
advocate of Darwinian evolution to becoming a Darwinian skeptic in a lecture at
7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Olin Building Room 102. Following the lecture,
Shedinger will be available for discussion and book signing.
Shedinger began teaching at Luther in 2000 after earning
his Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. He teaches courses
primarily in the areas of biblical studies, Islamic studies and science and
religion. Shedinger is also the author of “Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the
Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam,” “Was Jesus a Muslim?
Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion” and “Radically Open:
Transcending Religious Identity in an Age of Anxiety.”
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(Thursday) 7:00 pm
Luther College, Olin Building, Room 102