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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson speaks on Darwinism, human evolution and the supernatural soul

January 23rd, 2017

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 23, 2017) — On Feb. 27, Dr. Edward J. Larson will present
“Darwinism and the Victorian Soul” at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in Hostetter Chapel. Dr. Larson, both a historian and legal scholar, offers a historical perspective on how scientists and others have accepted evolution without rejecting the idea of a supernatural soul. This free lecture is hosted by The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, the Messiah College Honors Program, and the Department of History. For questions about this event, or more information, email Ted Davis at

About Edward Larson
Edward Larson, recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for a book about the Scopes trial, holds the Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University. Before moving to Pepperdine, Larson taught for twenty years at the University of Georgia. He has also been part of the Associate Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and an attorney with a major Seattle law firm. Author of 10 books and over 80 articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science, medicine and law from an historical perspective. His most recent book, “The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789,” a New York Times Bestseller, is the first full-length study of George Washington’s role in creating the American Constitution. His book, “Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory” is used as a textbook in a course at Messiah College.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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