Coauthors from different backgrounds address the question, “does God exist?”

Nov 04, 2014

North Central College welcomes coauthors Thomas McFaul ’98, Ph.D., professor of ethics and religion studies emeritus at North Central, and physicist Al Brunsting, Ph.D., to discuss their new book “God Is Here To Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God” Nov. 5.

Sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events program, the free talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. For more information contact Judy Brodhead at 630-637-5276.

The two authors approach the subject about the existence of God from different perspectives and backgrounds. McFaul is a college professor specializing in philosophy and religion, Brunsting is a physicist with numerous publications and patents, many in applied optics.

Their presentation will focus on the impact of science in the modern world, the role of evolution in our world, and the conflict that has resulted between religion and science because of evolution. In their book, the authors show how science and evolution are compatible with belief in God. A Q&A session will follow their talk.

McFaul received his Ph.D. from Boston University and has published many articles and seven books. His scholarly interests combine sociology, ethics, philosophy, religious studies and studies of the future. During his 1986-2003 tenure at North Central, he served on the faculty, as director of graduate programs and earned a second undergraduate degree in Spanish in 1998.

Brunsting has a Ph.D. in physics, holds 15 issued U.S. patents and more than 50 foreign issues patents. His career has been devoted to advancing optical systems, including fiber optic telecommunication, fiber optic connectors, fiber optic sources, and practical fiber optic and systems simulations.