RADNOR, Pa. (April 4, 2012) – Celebrated paleontologist Dr. Peter Dodson presents “Reflections on Fossils and Faith” on Monday, April 16 at Cabrini College. Dodson will discuss his love for dinosaurs and his faith in God while answering the question, “How can a career as a dinosaur paleontologist enhance one’s faith in a Creator?”
Free and open to the public, Dodson’s talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Antoinette Iadarola Center for Science, Education and Technology (610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor).
A professor of anatomy and paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dodson has named a number of dinosaurs, including Avaceratops (a herbivorous, horned dinosaur) and Suuwassea (a long-necked, long-tailed, small-headed dinosaur), while his students have named Paralaitian and Auroraceratops.
Dodson has published a wide number of papers and books on dinosaurs – notably on Ceratopsians, hadrosaurs and sauropods – and is a co-editor of The Dinosauria (University of California Press, 1993), widely considered a definitive scholarly reference on dinosaurs. He has conducted field research in Canada, the United States, India, Madagascar, Egypt, Argentina, and China.
Dodson has described himself as a “deeply committed Christian,” and has told The Philadelphia Inquirer (April 2, 2012) that his faith is “independent of scientific evidence.”
The presentation at Cabrini is part of a three-year program on spirituality in the age of science, funded by a grant from the Metanexus Institute, a national organization dedicated to advancing research, education and constructive dialogue on science and religion.
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Since its founding in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College has provided a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. The College also has graduate and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 13 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.