CLU lectures explore conflict of soul, science

Is the Christian belief that humans are a composite of body and soul being disproved through current developments in neuroscience?

Nancey Murphy, Ph.D., Th.D., will address the issue of whether religion and science are heading toward conflict in two lectures at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon., Nov. 4 in Samuelson Chapel on the California Lutheran University campus, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

In the morning lecture, "Do Christians Need Souls," Murphy will consider a range of theological topics, including a discussion of the original Hebraic view of people as monistic and physicalist. In her afternoon address, "Neuroscience and the Soul," she will discuss how the functions of the soul have become the focus of study in the cognitive neurosciences and will explore the question of whether the brain actually performs functions once attributed to the soul.

Murphy is professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. She received a doctorate in philosophy of science from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.

Her first book, "Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning," won the American Academy of Religion award for excellence and a Templeton Prize for books in science and theology. She is the author of five other books and co-editor of six.

Admission is free. For more information, please call (805) 493-3151.

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