Charles M. Wynn Sr., professor of chemistry at Eastern Connecticut State University, was the 2012 Darwin Day speaker in Oregon where he gave three public lectures about the continuing conflict between scientific understandings and religious beliefs and the dangerous effects of scriptural literalism.
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around Feb. 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born in 1809. The day celebrates Darwin's discoveries and life as the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor.
Wynn's talk, "And God said, 'Let there be evolution!': Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur'an and the Theory of Evolution," was based on his recent book of the same name.
Lectures were given at Willamette University in Salem, Portland State University in Portland and the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem. They were co-sponsored by the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University; the Physics Department of Portland State University; Center for Inquiry Portland; and Oregonians for Science and Reason.