“The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood” with David Montgomery

Tuesday, March 24th 2015 at 7:00 pm

Geologist David Montgomery explores the interface of science and religion through flood stories from cultures around the world. Montgomery investigates the ever-changing nature of “truth” and how the work of early scientists, theologians, and natural philosophers—which we often assume to be at odds—actually led to important developments in their fields. While offering a robust defense of scientific inquiry, Montgomery takes us through the history of the polarized perspectives of science and creationism, to show how religion shaped science and how science, in turn, influenced theology.

General Admission: $5; CFI Members and Students: FREE

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and a professor of geomorphology in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He did his B.S. in Geology at Stanford Univeristy (1984) and Ph.D. in Geomorphology at UC Berkeley (1991). His research interests involve the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies, and interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion in shaping topography on Earth and Mars. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, and is a three-time winner of the Washington State Book Award, for The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.