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The 2015 E.T.S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion is:

Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics and Polemics in Christian Engagements with Evolution


Prof. David Livingstone
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Queen's University, Belfast


Friday 24 April 2015
19:00, Theatre 2, Hume Building, North Campus, Maynooth University


(Date and venue of a lecture in Belfast is to be decided.)

Abstract. The lecture examines the role of place, politics and rhetoric in the way religious communities sharing a Scots Presbyterian heritage engaged with Darwinism in different venues - Edinburgh, Belfast, Columbia and Princeton. What emerges is the degree to which debates over Darwin were deeply embedded in local circumstances, whether to do with anxieties over the control of higher education, views about the politics of race relations, challenges to traditional cultural identity, or attitudes to higher criticism. Attending to such particularities is intended to subvert the perennial inclination of many to speak of the relationship between science and religion - not least in our own day.


David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen's University Belfast. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and the recipient of an Honorary DLitt from the University of Aberdeen. One of his areas of interest is the historical geography of science and religion. He has won a number of awards for his work, has published extensively, and has given many lectures including the 2014 Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen University. He has written several books including:

  • Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics and Rhetoric in Religious Engagements with Evolution (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)
  • Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
  • Darwin's Forgotten Defenders (Scottish Academic Press, 1987)
More information about David Livingstone can be found on his personal webpage.


Travelling to Maynooth

By car: Maynooth is situated 25 km from Dublin city centre. Follow the M4 West until junction 7 (signposted Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) and follow the signs to Maynooth. To reach the North Campus, take the left in the centre of the town, then turn right, take the next left and the entrance is on your right. Follow the one-way ring road until you find suitable parking. There is free parking on campus after 6 pm. Campus map.

By train: there are several trains from Connolly Station to Maynooth on Friday evening:
Outbound: 17:44 - 18:24, 18:05 - 18:34 (non-stop), and 18:10 - 18:48,
Return: 20:40 - 21:08 (non-stop), 20:47 - 21:28, and 21:05 - 21:43.
For a full schedule see http://www.irishrail.ie/. The North Campus is 10 minutes walk from the railway station. Campus map.

By bus: Dublin Bus has limited services on Friday evening on route 66 via Lucan and Leixlip and route 67 via Lucan and Celbridge. More information at http://www.dublinbus.ie/

Accommodation. For those wishing to stay overnight in Maynooth, Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation offers various types of accommodation starting from €27.- per night and continental breakfast at €7.-.



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