The Future of Christianity in a Scientific Culture

March 2, 2006

The Orion NebulaWith the rise of the western Enlightenment, there was an expectation that traditional religion would eventually disappear to be replaced by a rationalistic scientific culture. What are the options for the future of Christianity in an evolving, 13.7 billion year-old universe? Rev. James B. Miller will deliver a lecture March 14 at Mary Baldwin University that will explore some possible paths of development and what factors will increase their probability.

James B. Miller earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Maryland, his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in theology with a focus on science and theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Miller is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

In 1996 Miller became senior program associate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion where he currently serves. This program seeks to increase the interaction between the scientific and religious communities so as to encourage a more integral approach to contemporary issues of faith and life. He was a founding officer of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith. Miller also serves on the advisory committee of the Carl Howie Center for Science, Art and Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and the Academic Board of the Metanexus Institute in Philadelphia.

The public is invited to hear Rev. James Miller Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Francis Auditorium, located at the corner of Coalter and New streets in Staunton, on the campus of Mary Baldwin University. This event is free of charge and sponsored by the Mary Baldwin University Honor Scholars Program and the Philosophy and Religion Department.