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Dr. Stephen Barr


October 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM EDT


411 Willard Straight Hall

St. Albert the Great Forum on Science and Religion

The human mind, its consciousness, its capacity for abstract thought, and its openness to truth cannot be given a purely physical or mechanical explanation.


Stephen M. Barr is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, and a member of its Bartol Research Institute. He obtained his Ph. D. in physics from Princeton University in 1978. Princeton awarded him the Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Fellowship “for distinguished research”. He went on to do research at the University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2007, he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI and was elected a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology. In addition to his research in theoretical particle physics and cosmology, he is the author of many articles on science and religion in periodicals such as First Things, as well as a text entitled Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. Dr. Barr has a new book releasing this November titled, “The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion.

An interview with Prof. Barr about his book can be viewed here.

The St. Albert the Great Forum on Science and Religion is sponsored by the Cornell Catholic Community, and this year’s lecture is co-sponsored by Chesterton House. 

Chesterton House Painting