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March 20, 2006

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – James Gallagher and Monsignor Bernard McGarty will present “Faith in Science, Faith in Religion” in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5.

The lecture is free and open to the public. “Faith in Science, Faith in Religion” will explore areas of controversy in science and religion, touching on topics such as evolution, intelligent design, and the Bible’s book of Revelation. Gallagher and Msgr. McGarty will examine the differences in how Christian churches react to new discoveries in science and offer their opinion as to possible solutions. The lecture will also explore answers to questions such as: how is one to understand the Bible in lieu of discoveries in science? Are science and religion adversaries or allies? What is the Pontifical Academy of Science?

“The method of science and the method of religion are different, but each seeks the truth,” Msgr. McGarty said.

Now retired, Gallagher, is the founder of the archeology department at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. His archeological digs and research gained national attention in the 1970s and 1980s and he has lectured internationally on the Native American culture in the Mississippi River Valley.

Msgr. McGarty is the visiting scholar in ecumenical studies at Viterbo University. He gives two lectures a year in the areas of religious studies and ecumenism.

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