Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Colorado College: Faith Nexus

Colorado College has the rep among some folks as being a liberal secular outpost in the evangelical mecca of Colorado Springs. I can't speak to CC's political bent, but secular? Not lately, and not by a longshot. They've shown more willingness to wrestle honestly with issues of faith than, arguably, one or two pastors I've talked with.

Right on the heels of its four-day symposium on religion and politics, the college is bringing in two more high-powered, faith-oriented speakers.

First up is Arthur Zajonc, an expert in atomic physics and quantum mechanics who, like the dude I blogged on yesterday, seeks to bridge the gap between science and faith. Zajonc, whose CC talk is titled "Science and Spirituality: Breaking Common Cognitive Ground," appears to come at this whole debate from a more Buddhist point of view. He helps coordinate the Mind and Life dialogue featuring the Dalai Lama, and he co-edited "The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama." So he's got that going for him. His lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.

Less than a week later, CC brings in controversial feminist Camille Paglia who will speak on "Religion and the Public Arts." As for what she'll say about them, you'll have to wait for her 7:30 p.m. talk Feb. 6 at Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. But her favorite paintings can be found at

And be watching The Gazette in early February for a story on "The Civilians," a New York-based theater troupe that's working with CC students for a faith-and-politics themed play focusing, of course, on Colorado Springs.


Anonymous Zen said...

This is good to see. Good to see CC recognizing the Spring's reputation as a religious (tho I can't necessarily say spiritual)center, and bringing so many fresh voices to town.

11:39 PM  

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