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Roberts to Host Barnes Science and Faith Symposium


“Free Will in the World of Neuroscience”

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Did my neurons make me do it or did I have a choice? On Thursday, Feb. 27, Roberts Wesleyan College will host the Barnes Science and Faith Symposium, “Free Will in the World of Neuroscience.” Dr. Warren Brown, director of the Lee Travis Research Institute and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, will explore the theological implications of neuroscience research at a series of presentations from 12:15 to 9 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public; lunch and dinner will be available for $15 each.

“We are honored to have such an esteemed author and thought leader on campus for the Barnes Symposium,” said Dr. Stan Pelkey, dean of Roberts Wesleyan’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This unique academic event reiterates the importance of including theology in our scientific discussions and vice versa.”

Brown is currently involved in neuroscience research related to particular cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Brown and other colleagues are also researching the psychology and neuroscience of compassion and generosity, work that has resulted in a $1.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation.

In addition to authoring or coauthoring more than 75 scholarly articles and 15 chapters in edited scholarly books, Brown has written and presented on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith. He was principal editor and contributor to “Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature” and co-authored  both “Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will” and “The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church.”

To register for the Barnes Symposium, email or call 585-594-6134. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit

 About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 1,500 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts and professional studies colleges with a Christian worldview. Striving for higher learning with a higher purpose, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs taught by high-quality, caring faculty and graduate programs in business, education, health administration, healthcare informatics administration, marketing, nursing, school counseling and school psychology, and social work. Innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs are also available for working professionals in criminal justice administration, health administration, nursing, organizational management and teacher education.