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Science & Scientism, part one: The Monopolizing of Knowledge?


April 29, 2013
MIT Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Edward J. Hall, Harvard University Professor of Philosophy presenting on the topic of Science and Scientism, part one.  Professor Hutchinson is the author of Monopolizing Knowledge: a scientist refutes religion-denying, reason-destroying scientism (2011). Professor Hall is the author of The Philosophy of Science: Metaphysical and Epistemological Foundations (Publication Date: July 30, 2013).
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American Politics & Religion: Untangling the Web We Weave


October 30, 2012
Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy Robert D. Putnam
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God, Stephen Hawking, and the Cosmos: Is there a Grand Design?


February 16, 2012
Oxford University Mathematics Professor John Lennox and MIT Physics Professor Alan Guth.  John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. Lennox also teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.   Alan Guth is Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics and a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. Guth is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Guth has won many awards and medals, including most recently the 2009 Isaac Newton Medal, awarded by the British Institute of Physics.  
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Saints, Sex, and Society


November 16, 2011
Sarah Ruden
 Wesleyan University, Classics Sarah Ruden received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Classical studies from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in Classical Philology from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, the University of Cape Town, and Yale, and is currently a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University.    Ruden is the first woman to translate Vergil’s great epic The Aeneid, rendering the poem in the same number of lines as the original work: a rare feat of maintaining technical fidelity to the original without diminishing its emotional drive. "The translation is alive in every part. . . . [T]he first translation since Dryden’s that can be read as a great English poem in itself." — Garry Wills, New York Review of Books     Sarah has published an award-winning volume of poetry and four books of Classical literary translation, and a fifth will appear in January from Yale University Press. She received a Guggenheim fellowship for her work and translates for the Landmark series of ancient historians. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Century, and Salon.  
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What do Scientists Really Think about Religion?


April 04, 2011
Rice University Professor of Sociology Elaine Howard Ecklund, author of Science vs. Religion; What Scientists Really Think (Oxford University Press, May 2010).    
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Seven Mini-Roundtables

January 27, 2011
March 10, 2011:Should Ethics Be Taught in the Classroom?J. Mark RamseyerHarvard University, Law March 2, 2011:Can atheists and theists agree on what constitutes a meaningful life?Ned HallHarvard University, PhilosophyDavid EllisFormer Director, Boston Museum of Science February 24, 2011:Trauma, Spirituality and FantasySusan NapierTufts University, Japanese Culture February 16, 2011:What Does Our Experience of Emptiness Mean?John PeteetHarvard University, Psychiatry February 10, 2011:The Anthropic Principle – a message from religion or science?Howard SmithHarvard-Smithsonian CfA, Senior Astrophysicist February 2, 2011:Is Nature Enough?Owen GingerichHarvard University, Astronomy (Emeritus) January 27, 2011:The Role of Qualia in the Science vs. Religion DebateGeorge SiscoeBoston University, Astronomy
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Political Power and Persuasive Presence


October 28, 2010
James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia, and Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute at MIT    
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Can We Be Good Without God? and Does the Universe Suggest Evidence for God?


March 10, 2010
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science. In 2016 Dr. Craig was named by The Best Schools as one of the fifty most influential living philosophers.  
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Biotechnology, Embodiment and Human Dignity

February 18, 2010
William Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue (2002, Oxford University Press). Hurlbut has worked with the Center for International Security and Cooperation on formulating policy on Chemical and Biological Warfare and with NASA on projects in astrobiology.  
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Answering the New Atheists

November 17, 2009
Florida International Law Professor Stanley Fish and Harvard Law Professor Mark Ramseyer Stanley E. Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University, in Miami, and dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Duke University. He is the author of 11 books, including most recently Save the World On Your Own Time, on faculty leadership and higher education.     Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies J. Mark Ramseyer has often been a participant at The Roundtable.  He has taught at UCLA and the University of Chicago, and he came to Harvard in 1998. He has also taught or co-taught courses at several Japanese universities (in Japanese).  In his research, Ramseyer primarily studies Japanese law, and primarily from a law & economics perspective.