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The campus community is invited to join Sergey Toshinsky ’08 (Obninsk Kaluga Regio, Russia) and the Reeder Scholars for a screening of the documentary Faith and Reason, followed by a discussion 8:30 p.m. Monday at 225 Reeder Street. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

As a double major in neuroscience and philosophy, Toshinky is interested in the coexistence of science and theology and is inspired by Creeds and Computers: The Interplay of Science and Religion, taught by Kenneth Briggs, visiting instructor of English, who suggested the film.

“Ever since the Renaissance there seems to be a struggle between science and
religion,” explains Toshinsky. “The relationship between the two was even further dichotomized in light of Darwin’s works and modern theoretical physics.

“Our contemporary society is driven by science, knowledge, and progress. However, I believe that faith makes up the basis on which our society stands. Thus, it is unacceptable to flat out ignore or even attack the spiritual realm.”

Through interviews with leading scientists and theologians, the hour-long Faith and Reason explores the history of the relationship between the two fields, which historically have been deeply entwined. Moreover, the program looks at a growing movement of scientists and theologians around the world who believe that faith and reason can support one another. The issues raised in the program include creationism, causality, ethics, evolution, and meaning.

Named for its Reeder Street residence, the Reeder Scholars program borrows its basic structure from the McKelvy House Scholars program – regularly holding discussions open to the campus and organizing activities both on and off campus – but its students are determined that the program have its own distinguishing characteristics.

Past Discussions
Jan. 29 — Farm Sanctuary’s Peaceable Kingdom
Nov. 29 — “Music and Society”
Nov.15 – “Discussion”
Nov. 1 – “Gender Differences”
Oct. 25 – “Sex”
Oct. 18 – “Human Animal”
Oct. 11 – “Guilt”
Sept. 27 – “Consumer Behavior”
Sept. 20 – “Human Nature”
Sept. 13 – “Food as a Cultural Identity”
Sept. 3 – “Offensiveness and Media”

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