Forester Lecture Series to feature Dr. Neil Manson

Huntington, Ind.—Dr. Neil Manson of the University of Mississippi will present “Understanding the Intelligent Design Controversy” at a Huntington University Forester lecture on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 7 p.m. in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Manson will put the current controversy over Intelligent Design Theory in historical and philosophical context. After explaining the history of teleological arguments for the existence of God and IDT's place in it, he will conclude by assessing IDT’s merits and addressing the question of whether IDT should be taught in public schools.

Manson is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Mississippi and the author of “God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science.” Manson’s research interests include metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion as it pertains to contemporary Design arguments for the existence of God.

Manson holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Syracuse University. From 1999 to 2001, Manson served as the Gifford Research Fellow in Natural Theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2001, he was the postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi in 2003, Manson taught at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series each semester. The lectures are designed to bring interesting persons and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. The lectures are open to the public free of charge.

The Forester Lecture Series at Huntington University is coordinated by Dr. Tom Bergler of the Department of Ministry & Missions and Dr. Jeffrey Webb of the Department of History. For further information, contact Bergler at (260) 359-4285 or Webb at (260) 359-4243.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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