Pellissippi State lecture tackles ‘Science vs. Religion’

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The ongoing Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State Community College is meant to provoke thinking, discussion, debate. The March 28 lecture on science and religion—supported by the Faculty Lecture Series and sponsored by Gnosis, the college’s student service-learning club—is guaranteed to be no exception.

In “Science vs. Religion,” David Howell, a Liberal Arts professor at Pellissippi State, addresses the incompatibility of the two. The presentation is 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on­ the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The community is invited to the free event.

“Many people believe that you can be religious and scientific at the same time,” said Howell. “I believe that the news is worse than that. Much as we’d like that to be the case, it’s not. You have to choose between science and religion.

“The conflict between science and religion is a real conflict and cannot be made to go away. Religion says that the world is a creation of a loving God. Science says it’s obviously not the case. People of good will want to say we can be religious and scientific and don’t have to give up one or the other. Unfortunately, they’re mistaken.”

Howell will refer to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher and theologian; Sir Isaac Newton, a mathematician and scientist; and Stephen Gould, an evolutionary biologist and historian of science.

The Gnosis service-learning club hosts educational events throughout the year, and its members do volunteer work in the community. The college has recognized Gnosis as its top student organization for the past two years. The Faculty Lecture Series showcases the talent of the college’s faculty members.

For more information about this event, contact Gnosis club sponsors Annie Gray,, or Trent Eades, To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or