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1/1/2006 Theology and neuroscience focus of symposium

McMINNVILLE – "Why God Won't Go Away: A Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Theology" is the focus of the Frazee-Pollard Symposium Oct. 3 and 4 at Linfield College.

The symposium will include two keynote addresses by Andrew Newberg, author of "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief," and Warren S. Brown, author of "Whatever Happened to the Soul: Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature."

"The symposium is designed to explore the realm of faith and science from a philosophical approach," said David Massey, Linfield chaplain and assistant professor of religion. "We hope to conduct a genuine dialogue between faith and science and the value each brings to the table."

Newberg will speak on "Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering our Biological Need for Meaning" on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Brown will speak on "Knotty Theological Implications of Modern Neuroscience" on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Both lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium of Melrose Hall. Newberg and Brown will also participate in classes during their visits.

Newberg is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology and Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a staff physician in nuclear medicine and is the director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Spirituality and the Mind. Much of his research has focused on the relationship between brain function and various mystical and religious experiences. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and did his training in internal medicine at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, serving as chief resident his final years. His newest book is "Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality and Truth." He is also co-author of "The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief."

Brown is a professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and director of the Lee Edward Travis Institute for Biopsychosocial Research. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He has published numerous scientific articles on brain function and higher cognitive processes in humans. He received his bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, and his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

The programs are sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion and the Pollard Symposium in Religion and Society. The Frazee Lecture honors Gordon G. Frazee who served Linfield College for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The Pollard Symposium honors J. Hybert Pollard, former professor of religion at Linfield.

The programs are all free and open to the public. For more information, call Massey at 503-883-2259.