Science & Theology Lecture to be Held Feb. 21

Written by Joe Cicchetto

LAURINBURG, N.C. – St. Andrews will be hosting the last John Calvin McNair Lecture Series on Science and Theology for the 2016-17 academic year on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room.The lecture begins at 7 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP to or 910-277-5240. Seating is limited.

Speaker, Dr. William Brown from Columbia Theological Seminary will be sharing his thoughts on Biophilia and the Book of Job.

The biophilia hypothesis, by definition, suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, as introduced by Edward O. Wilson in 1984.

Professor Brown is a noted biblical scholar and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He received a B.A. from Whitman College, a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has an abiding interest in the use of scripture in the life of the church and the world, particularly in the context of ecology and social justice. He has particular interest in creation theology, the dialogue between faith and science, and Wisdom Literature. Some of his recent books include The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (2010) and Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World (2016).

Brown’s lecture will be the thirteenth lecture hosted by St. Andrews as part of the John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology series. Previous lectures have been provided by such notables as Dr. Raymond Barfield, Dr. Owen Gingerich, Dr. Marcelo Gleiser and Dr. Jennifer Wiseman.

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other…” The series was previously hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.