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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species 'The Ongoing Struggle for Hearts and Minds'

The Feinberg Library series Books That Rocked the World ... And Still Do! welcomes Dr. Becky Kasper, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, who will speak on "The Ongoing Struggle for Hearts and Minds."

The publication of Darwin’s Origin of the Species in 1859 accelerated crises of religious identity spurred by the advance of scientific inquiry and the application of historical-critical methods to scripture.

In the blink of an eye the battle lines between science and faith were drawn. By the early 20th century, Christian fundamentalists had achieved cultural (and political) success countering the theory of evolution with their own account of the creation of the world based on the inerrancy of scripture, dramatically illustrated by the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. The battles continue to this day as evidenced in Supreme Court cases concerning education and creationism, political platforms regarding climate change, and passionate public debates on faith and reason.

All are invited to join us for this event in the Library's third-floor Reading Room this Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m.

Books That Rocked the World... And Still Do! is a Feinberg Special Event series that features SUNY Plattsburgh faculty speaking about groundbreaking books that changed our understanding of the world. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Tim Hartnett at 518-564-5205 or [email protected].

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