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Grand Dialogue in Science and Religion Keynote speaker Alvin Plantinga is the John A. OBrien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

Grand Dialogue in Science and Religion

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Loosemore Auditorium, Grand Valley State University Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus 401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI


The Grand Dialogue is an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and interfaith exploration of science and religion. It seeks to find positive ways of relating these two great ideas in a constructive dialogue. Participating organizations each have their own unique perspectives, foci, message, and intended audience. By cooperating, they affirm the willingness to be open to various issues and perspectives in a spirit of mutual respect.

"Religion and Science: Where the Conflict Really Lies," is the keynote speech to be delivered by Alvin Plantinga, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He received his doctorate in philosophy from Yale University, has served as President of the American Philosophical Association (Western Division) and Society of Christian Philosophers, and has delivered the Gifford Lectures in Scotland three times.

Plantinga is the author of God and Other Minds, The Nature of Necessity, Warrant and Proper Function, and Warranted Christian Belief. His newest book is Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism (Oxford University Press). In 1979, he was described in Time magazine as the leading philosopher of God."

All events are open to the public with free admission. Lunch and breakout sessions will follow the morning welcome and keynote address. Registration for the conference and lunch ($5) should be made at For more information call (616) 331-5702.