Science religion and faith

“It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.”

- Max Planck, recipient of the Nobel prize in physics

About the series

Science, Reason and Faith is a lecture series featuring some of the world’s most prominent and engaging scientists, philosophers and theologians. The speakers will address several important questions at the nexus of science, reason and faith: Is Intelligent Design a genuine scientific theory? What is our place in the universe? Is it reasonable to believe in God? Can science tell us whether prayer works? Do our genes hold evidence for belief? Are God and evolution compatible? Open online discussions will continue the conversation after each event.


This series is made possible by the College of Humanities and Sciences and the Office of the President of Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional support provided by the Metanexus Institute and the John Templeton Foundation.


  • To re-introduce the discussion of large and deep questions about human life into the university setting.
  • To help introduce some degree of sophistication into issues which are much discussed in our public life, but usually without a good sense of the difficulties that lie beneath them.
  • To provide a forum for the education of our own students.

Series events


Access reading materials for each event through VCU Libraries.

More information

For more information or to request special accommodations, contact Brian Cassel at (804) 628-1926 or

These events are free and open to the public. Online donations are appreciated.


Virginia Commonwealth University
Life Sciences and Religion Community Forum of Central Virginia
Updated: 09/29/2006
P.O. Box 842021
312 North Shafer Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2021
Phone: (804) 628-1926