February 22, 2012
Dr. Charles M. Wynn, Sr., Professor of Chemistry, was the 2012 Darwin Day speaker in Oregon where he gave three public lectures about the continuing conflict between scientific understandings and religious beliefs and the dangerous effects of scriptural literalism.
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin – the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor.
His talk titled “And God said, “Let there be evolution!”: Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur’an and the Theory of Evolution” was based on his recent book, published by All Things That Matter Press, of the same name.
Lectures were given at Willamette University in Salem,Portland State University in Portland and First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem. They were co-sponsored by the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University, thePhysics Department of Portland State University, Center for Inquiry Portland, and Oregonians for Science and Reason.