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Philosophy Club to host Creation vs. Evolution Debate

Posted February 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Philosophy Club has partnered with the Emmanuel Baptist Church to provide the community with a unique debate covering the topic of creation versus evolution, involving two intelligent and gifted presenters: Dr. Paul Nelson and Dr. Joel Velsaco.

The debate, Creation vs. Evolution: A Debate on Origins and the Tree of Life, will take place on Saturday, March 29th, in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown, PA. The debate will begin at 3pm.

The creation versus evolution debate has continued to spark conversation and discussion across the nation. Earlier this month, between five and ten million people watched a live-streamed debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye of the “Science Guy” television program fame. We are anticipating that our event will have as many as 800 individuals eager to learn about this hot topic.

Dr. Paul Nelson is a philosopher of biology with a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory. He is currently a Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the MA Program in Science and Religion at Biola University.

Dr. Joel Velsaco earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in philosophy of biology and wrote his dissertation on the Tree of Life. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at both Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology and was a visiting professor at Cornell University. His current position is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Texas Tech University.