Dr. Eric Priest holds the sun in the palm of his hand

Inaugural Klein S. Gilhousen Lecture To Address the Integration of Science and Faith

May 3, 2017   11:51am


The Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure, and the Arts (TYC) is pleased to announce the inaugural Klein S. Gilhousen Lecture for the Conversation between Faith and Science, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium. Dr. Eric Priest, Emeritus Professor at St. Andrews University, Scotland, will address the topic “Reason and Wonder: Integrating Science and Faith” and Dr. Robert Maher of Montana State University will respond.

A theoretical solar physicist, Dr. Priest began teaching at St. Andrews University in 1968. He also serves on the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church and sits on the Board of Directors of the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Priest has edited 15 books, including Reason and Wonder: Why Science and Faith Need Each Other, and has authored three research monographs and 460 journal papers.

“I would like to challenge two views,” says Dr. Priest in the introduction to Reason and Wonder. “The first is that the sciences are coldly inhuman and purely logical, whereas the humanities involve only our emotions and imagination; the second is that science is monolithic and reductionistic, governed by a simple set of instructions called the ‘scientific method’.”

The lecture is named in honor of Klein Gilhousen, a brilliant systems engineer and longtime Bozeman-area resident who passed away in 2016 from complications following a battle with lymphoma. Gilhousen was also a co-founder The Yellowstone Center.

“Like Klein Gilhousen, Eric Priest is a brilliant thinker, and passionate man of faith,” says Dr. Jay Smith, President of The Yellowstone Center. “He will blaze a trail for his audience that will open the possibility, if not the probability, of a renewed discussion between faith and science for daily life.”

Following Dr. Priest’s lecture, Dr. Robert Maher, Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor and Department Head at Montana State University, will respond to Dr. Priest’s lecture and elaborate on the issue of faith and science.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres will follow.

The Klein S. Gilhousen Lecture is presented by The Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure and the Arts, a new community center serving Bozeman with park space, trails, athletic and arts facilities, and a community café. The Center is home to Yellowstone Theological Institute and the Klein Gilhousen Center for Religion and Science. It is the goal of TYC to provide an open forum for dialogue central to faith and current issues, allowing for a greater understanding of the diverse thoughts and opinions in our community.