(January 13, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

The Physics of Christianity Explored Thursday, Feb. 5

Dr. Frank J. Tipler
Dr. Frank J. Tipler

Shreveport, La. — Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. Frank J. Tipler, takes an exciting new approach to the age-old dispute about the relationship between science and religion when he presents "The Physics of Christianity" Thursday, Feb. 5 at Centenary College.

Professor Tipler will present two lectures in the Carlile Auditorium in Mickle Hall, room 114 beginning at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

While reviewing centuries of writings and discussions, Tipler realized that in all the debate about science versus religion, there was no serious scientific research into central Christian claims and beliefs. So Tipler embarked on just such a scientific inquiry. The Physics of Christianity present the fascinating results of his pioneering study.

The Physics of Christianity

Tipler begins by outlining the basic concepts of physics for the lay person and brings to light the underlying connections between physics and theology. In a compelling example, he illustrates how the God depicted by the Jews and Christians is completely consistent with the Cosmological Singularity, an entity whose existence is required by physics. His discussion of the scientific possibility of miracles provides an impressive, credible scientific foundation for many of Christianity's most astonishing claims, including the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Incarnation. He even includes specific outlines for practical experiments that can help prove the validity of the "miracles" at the heart of Christianity.

Tipler's thoroughly rational approach and fully accessible style sets The Physics of Christianity apart from other books dealing with conflicts between science and religion. It will appeal not only to those interested in religion but also to anyone interested in an issue that triggers heated and divisive intellectual and cultural debates.

For more information, contact Troy Messina at 318.869.5217 or email.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.