Reason & Wonder

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

June 2017 Inscribed

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 in Bozeman, Montana. 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.

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

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.

Challenging conventional views

“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’.”

Honoring YTI’s co-founder

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 of Yellowstone Theological Insitute.

“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.”

Response from MSU professor Dr. Robert Maher

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.