Fr. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C. is the Assistant Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the University of Notre Dame. He has a concurrent position as a professional specialist in the theology department, teaching Science, Theology, and Creation.
Fr. Terry, who has training in aquatic ecology and systematic theology, enjoys studying the “ecotone”, or boundary, between science and theology, particularly in the area of theological anthropology as it relates to evolution and ecology.
His biological publications include articles on organic matter budgets and particle transport in streams, and his interdisciplinary articles have been on evolution and providence and on ecological conversion. During the Spring 2017 semester, Fr. Terry delivered a six-part lecture series entitled A Broader Vision of Reality: Integral Ecology within the Great Lakes Watershed.
What’s New About the New Atheism and What’s Not?
The “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins are hardly new. Their nineteenth-century counterparts also labored to conflate evolution and atheism. They met their match in the person of John Zahm—priest, scientist, philosopher, and South American explorer—who deftly untangled evolution from atheism. Zahm’s arguments provide a response every bit as robust today to the New Atheists’ view of God and of science. And Flannery O’Connor called out the New Atheists when Dawkins was a mere boy of eleven: Hazel Motes in Wise Blood preached a Church without Christ, just as the New Atheists do today.