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Michael Ruse to Speak at Doane

Michael Ruse to Speak at Doane

Dr. Michael Ruse - one of the best known scholars of the divergence between creationism and evolutionary biology - will speak at Doane Nov. 1. Ruse, a scientist, philosopher, author and "admitted ultra-Darwinian" will present "The Evolution Creation Struggle" beginning at 7 p.m. in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory.

Ruse was a key expert witness at the 1981 Arkansas trial that struck down a law seeking to impose the teaching of creation science alongside evolution.

Ruse illuminates an old argument with a distinctive light, according to Richard Terrell, Doane professor of art and head of Doane's Public Events Committee.

Speaking of Ruse's recent book The Evolution Creation Struggle, Terrell said, "What's unique in his approach is its exploration of the two sides as rival world views - not so much religion versus science as conflict between two competing views of human destiny. He draws the distinction between evolutionary science and the quasi-religious worldview of evolutionism."   

A professor of philosophy and zoology at Florida State University, Ruse has written numerous books including Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?, The Philosophy of Biology, Taking Darwin Seriously, and Can a Darwinian be a Christian?: The Relationship Between Science and Religion.

His most recent book, The Evolution Creation Struggle, was published in 2005.

The Complete Review Science/Philosophy finds "Ruse has considered these issues long and hard, as becomes clear in his far-reaching analysis...Ruse usefully suggests that a Christian belief is not irreconcilable with a belief in natural selection and Darwinism (though it is, of course, irreconcilable with most Creationist claims)."

Ruse is a native of England. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol and taught at the University of Guelph Canada for many years before accepting a position at Florida State University.

His visit is presented through the Annadora Gregory Lectureship, a Doane College event established in the early 1980s to sponsor nationally known and successful leaders and speakers.

Doane College is the first private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska. Accomplished faculty and staff enliven the college's liberal arts focus to educate students to become leaders. The college transforms the concept of leadership by connecting superior classroom learning with real-world experience. Doane has campuses in Crete, Lincoln and Grand Island, and is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest by U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review.