Announcing the Fall Lecture of the Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware

                    Free and Open to the Public

      The “God Particle” and Self-Creating Universes

A public lecture by Stephen Barr, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Delaware.  

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Time: 7 PM to 8 PM, followed by Q&A

Place: Room 100 Kirkbride, University of Delaware campus

Popular science has become excited about the discovery of the “God particle” (i.e. Higgs Boson). And some physicists, such as Stephen Hawking, have suggested that science can now explain how the universe “created itself” from nothingness.

What is the Higgs Boson, and does it have anything to do with how the universe began?  What is “quantum creation of universes”? Does it have anything to do with what theologians and philosophers have historically meant by “Creation”?  Prof. Barr will explain some of the physics in down-to-earth terms and examine some of the inflated claims and rhetoric surrounding these ideas. 

Sponsored by The Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware, Catholic Campus Ministry, and the Department of Philosophy at UD

*Good News for Newark & Beyond: Catholic Scholars of Delaware Returns!

Many of you will remember the lectures and debates offered on the University of Delaware campus by the Catholic Scholars of Delaware, from bygone years. These included:

– “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Yes or No?” – the first Delaware debate on the ethics of human embryonic stem research (2004)
– Workshop on Ignatian Discernment and Spirituality (2004)
– “Should Abortion be Re-criminalized?”, Delaware Interdisciplinary Ethics Program Great Debate series (2005)
– “The Controversy Over Stem Cells”: Is It Crazy to Care About Embryos?” (2007)
– Catholics in Science Symposium (2008): “Thank God for Science: How Medieval Churchmen Gave Us the Experimental Method ,“Why I am an Astronomer and a Catholic”, “Why I am a Medical Technologist and a Catholic”, and “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith” (2008)

I am happy to report that this great organization has morphed into the non-profit 501(c)3, diocesan-approved organization, The Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware.

Do you have a topic you would like to see The Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware tackle?  Email Rae Stabosz at

Rae Stabosz – Newark, DE

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Date(s) - 10/17/2013
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

University of Delaware


Lecture: The “God Particle” and Self-Creating Universes

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