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February 13, 2001 Contact: Anne Dybek (312) 996-8279; adybek@uic.edu



"Darwinism: Why Can't We Be Sensible About This Issue." UIC's Science and Religion series hosts Huston Smith, world religions scholar.

Smith has been critical of the rigid-minded thinking that often marks the Genesis versus genetics debate. "It's so off-the-mark to believe that you must choose between evolution and creationism, as if they are mutually exclusive," said Smith.

Smith discounts "short-term creationism," which says the world is 6,000 years old, as "nonsense on stilts."

Rather, Smith points to "long-term creationism," which acknowledges the geological record and evolution of the species, but does not rule out the possibility that it was all purposefully orchestrated by an intelligent force many call God.


Tuesday, Feb. 20
3:30-5:00 p.m.


Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 145
007 West Harrison St.


Smith is the author of "The World's Religions" (Harper, 1992), which has sold over two million copies since it was first published under the title "The Religions of Man" in 1958. Smith's most recent book is "Why Religion Matters: the Fate of the Human Spirit in the Age of Disbelief " (Harper, 2000).

The Office of the UIC Historian and the Committee on Religious Studies are sponsoring the lecture, in association with the American Scientific Affiliation and the Templeton Foundation.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For more information, contact Fred Beuttler, (312) 355-0610 or beuttler@uic.edu

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