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Playful Encounters of the Third Kind: How Science and Religion Dialog Intersects with Interfaith Advocacy

Thursday, March 5th 2020, 7:00pm
Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science Forum

Adam Pryor, Assistant Professor of Religion, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas

In this talk, Adam Pryor will examine how the development of intellectual values that can occur through Religion and Science dialog overlap with the development of critical values and skills for Interfaith advocacy work. Focusing particularly on envy, humility, and belonging, he will reflect on how classic methods in the field of Religion and Science can open new avenues for thinking about contemporary challenges in Interfaith Studies and the articulation of faith identity in teaching undergraduate students. 

Adam Pryor is Associate Professor of Religion and Dean of Academic Affairs for Student Success at Bethany College. Dr. Pryor supervises the Student Success Center which coordinates first-year experience programming on campus with academic services such as tutoring and advising. As a scholar his research is especially focused on issues in religion and science, phenomenology, queer studies, and the work of Paul Tillich. He is the author or editor of a number of books, the most recent is entitled Living with Tiny Aliens: The Image of God for the Anthropocene (Fordham Univ. Press, 2020). It works to articulate foundational insights for an astrobiological humanities. Specifically, it seeks to imagine how an individual's meaningful existence persists when we understand ourselves to be planetary creatures situated in deep time―not only on a blue planet burgeoning with life, but in a cosmos pregnant with living possibilities.

This event is free and open to the public.