Religion in public life to be next topic in Civil Discussions of Controversial Issues series

"Evaluating Explanatory Hypothesis: Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Theory of Evolution" will be the topic in the next forum in the Civil Discussions of Controversial Issues series sponsored by Fort Hays State University's Department of Philosophy.

The forum is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Hays Public Library gallery.

Dr. Clark Sexton, assistant professor of philosophy at FHSU, is the guest speaker. Sexton teaches two of the four Master of Liberal Studies' core courses for the Department of Philosophy and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics. He will discuss the criteria for evaluating explanatory hypotheses and the application of the criteria to the hypothesis presented by creationism, intelligent design and the theory of evaluation.

As is usual at these quarterly gatherings, the first half of the meeting will be devoted to a presentation from the invited speaker. The second half is set aside for an open discussion in which everyone present is invited to participate. The open forum will include discussion of what we ought to teach.

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