Clayton will present “Living Toward an Open Future: What are the Theological Conditions for Hope in an Age of Science.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room of the William Henry Belk Center and will be followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made until Friday, Oct. 9 by contacting email@example.com or calling 910-277-3968. Please include that the reservation is for the McNair Lecture, the names of the attendees and any special meal requirements. Limited seating is available.
Currently the Ingraham Chair at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University, Clayton has published widely in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and theology. The central focus of his work for close to three decades has been the relationship between science and religion and he is recognized as one of the leading figures in this field internationally.
Clayton has written or edited 17 books and some 120 articles, including his latest book, Adventures in Spirit, on emergence and panentheism. Past books include Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness and In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World. He is also the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science.
In addition to his publications, Clayton is the principal investigator for the “Science and the Spiritual Quest” program and recently served as the senior advisor and judge for the “Global Perspectives in Science and Spirituality” program. These posts, along with his research, have put him at the forefront of efforts to expand scholarship in this field into non-Western traditions. Most recently, he has begun work on a Ford Foundation grant on “rekindling the theological imagination.”
Clayton received his B.A. summa cum laude from Westmont College before going on to receive an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received a second M.A. from Yale University before completing an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other….”
This is the fourth lecture hosted by St. Andrews, with Dr. Owen Gingerich, the Rev. Dr. Nancey Murphy and Dr. Robert J. Russell presenting the previous lectures. The series was previously hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill and included such noted speakers as Dr. David R. Griffin, Dr. Robert Andrews Millikan, the Rev. Francis Landey Patton, the Rev. Dr. Thornton Whaling, Dr. John Dewey and Dr. C.A. Coulson.
The McNair Lecture is free and open to the public though seating is limited. Please make your reservations by emailing HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com or calling 910-277-3968. Remember to include the name of the event, the names of all attendees and any special meal requirements.