Xavier speaker explores where Christianity and evolutionary theory have common ground

Karl Giberson discusses his journey away from fundamentalist creationism to evolutionary advocate | September 8, 2009

Raised in a fundamentalist parsonage in rural Canada, author and professor Karl Giberson was determined to become involved in the creationist movement when he discovered Darwin on his way to a PhD in physics. His embrace of Darwin's theory of evolution changed his life and is the topic of a presentation he’s giving at Xavier on Monday, Sept. 14, titled “How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.”

Giberson is now the executive vice president of the BioLogos Foundation, the director of Gordon College’s Forum on Faith and Science, and the co-director of the Venice Summer School for Science and Religion, and he’s a professor at Eastern Nazarene College. He is also the author of four books, including Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.

Giberson’s journey began when he was studying science in college in preparation for his work as a creationist. En route to his doctorate in physics, Giberson studied Darwin and became convinced that evolution was true and not the enemy of Christianity. The experience was both painful and liberating.

Giberson recounts this intellectual journey during his presentation. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center and is free and open to the public. More information is available at 513-745-3922.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, the Xavier University departments of biology, chemistry, physics and theology, and by the Jesuit Community at Xavier University.