Astrophysicist-theologian David Wilkinson to present Aug. 25 lecture

Astrophysicist and theologian David Wilkinson will visit Western Carolina University to present a lecture on the topic “The Big Bang, Multiverse and Stephen Hawking: The Search for God in Contemporary Cosmology” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

In his remarks, Wilkinson will explore the current scientific understanding of the origin of the universe and ask what that means for an understanding of God as the Creator, said Enrique Gomez, associate professor of physics in WCU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. From “god of the gaps” to quantum gravity and from “the Goldilocks Enigma” to multiverse, Wilkinson argues that science and Christian theology are in an authentic and fruitful dialogue with each other, Gomez said.

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.

Wilkinson is president of St. John’s College at Durham University in the United Kingdom. His doctorate in theoretical astrophysics explored the evolution of galaxies and star formation, and his doctorate in systematic theology dealt with the long-term future of the physical universe.

Wilkinson is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and author of many books and papers, with his recent publications including “When I Pray, What Does God Do?” and “Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence.”

The event is co-sponsored by WCU’s departments of Philosophy and Religion, and Chemistry and Physics. For more information, contact Gomez at 828-227-2718.