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e-mail: mary-geraghty@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Speaker to discuss scientific basis for faith

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Scientists and theologists have long debated whether there is a scientific basis for a belief in God. Hugh Ross, founder and director of "Reasons To Believe," a non-profit organization that tracks research being done on human origins and compares it with biblical theology, will visit the University of Iowa Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 to present two lectures addressing this question.

The first lecture, "The Fingerprint of God: New Cosmological Discoveries," will be March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The second presentation will be a mini-conference on "Relating Science and Christianity," beginning at 9:30 a.m. March 6 in Room W107 Pappajohn. Both presentations are free and open to the public, but registration is requested for the Saturday, March 6 mini-conference. Contact

Jason Chen of the UI Geneva Lecture Committee, (319) 341-0007, by Feb. 26 to register.

Ross is a renowned astrophysicist and an authority on "quasars." At age 17 he was the youngest person to ever serve as director of observations for Vancouver's Royal Astronomical Society in Canada. For more than two decades, Ross has traveled across North America and around the world, discussing new cosmological discoveries and their connections with scripture.

Ross's visit to the UI is sponsored by the Geneva Lecture Series which brings speakers to the UI to speak from a Christian perspective on a wide range of topics and issues of interest to the UI and Iowa City community.

Cosponsors of the event include the University Lecture Committee and nearly 20 churches and religious organizations. For more information, contact Jason Chen, Convenor, Geneva Lecture Committee. (319) 341-0007.

2/22/99