Giving and Partnerships
Christopher Jargodzki (Jargocki), Founder and Director personal webpage
Professor of Physics, University of Central Missouri
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles;
Ph.D., University of California – Irvine.
His specialty in physics is cooperative phenomena in quantum field
theories. He was a 1996 winner in the Science and Religion Course
Competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Jargodzki teaches Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialogue
Metanexus Conference Papers: 2006;
2010 Seminar: Changing Views of Synchronicity
He is the author (or co-author) of four books applying the
cognitive dissonance to physics education. The books have been
a number of foreign languages.
papers have been concerned partly with the role of
paradoxes, misconceptions, and anomalies as agents of change in the
historical development of science. This has sensitized me to the
current limitations of science, specifically to the fact that the
reductionist program in science may be reaching the stage of
diminishing returns while the sciences of complexity are still in their
infancy. It is not hard to see that humble science and humble theology
may be our only options at this time."
4236 (SCIENCE AND
RELIGION: FROM CONFLICT TO DIALOGUE)
I think of this award-winning course as an integral part of the work of
the Center. The course is
Interdisciplinary: Major developments in a broad range of sciences,
incl. physics, astronomy, and biology are included. Although the
emphasis is on the Judeo-Christian tradition, other religions, such as
Hinduism and Buddhism are also discussed where relevant;
Historical: The mutual interaction between science and religion is
elucidated using the concept of paradigm shifts according to which the
scientific worldview has gone through three fundamental stages of
development: organismic, mechanistic, and evolutionary. Each stage
produced a different type of challenge to the dominant religious views
held at that time;
Multi-perspectival: The goal is to help the student form or clarify
their own position on a range of topics. Hence a number of different
perspectives are presented for most major debates such as: Has the
Universe been designed by an intelligent creator? If so, what is the
origin of evil? Is the theory of evolution compatible with a belief in
God? Is there room in science for miracles? What is the nature of the
scientific method? Are there any limitations to science? Are science
and religion necessarily opposed or can they be regarded as
complementary modes of inquiry into the nature of reality?
Many students enrolled in the course attend the lectures by the
visiting speakers sponsored by the Center for Cooperative Phenomena.
Karen A. Bradley personal webpage
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Central Missouri
B. A., Oklahoma Baptist University;
Ph.D., University of Missouri – Columbia.
She teaches a senior level course in Sociology of Religion, and has a
long-standing interest in
sociology of knowledge, culture and religion. She is the author of many
and conference presentations, and is working on a book (with M. J.
Community in Post
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Missouri
B.A., St. John’s College, Minnesota;
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison.
As one of his courses he teaches Philosophy 3600 Special Topics,
Challenges and Controversies:
Religion, Culture and Understanding, an interdisciplinary course with
lecturers in anthropology, biology, physics, sociology, etc. He is the
of many publications and presentations, incl. a book The Crito of Plato
Professor of Chemistry, University of Central Missouri
B.A., Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas;
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
She specializes in physical chemistry. She is the author of numerous
articles and conference presentations. Dr. Cole has a deep interest in
science education, incl. utilizing web-based course
management tools, and in issues at the interface of science and
Professor of Chemistry and
Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics, University of Central Missouri
B.A., Eastern Kentucky University;
Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology.
Research activities include crystal engineering, hydrogen fuel cells,
and strained organic molecules. Dr. McKay has a deep interest in
relationships among different disciplines. He has numerous publications.
Wayne M. Stalick
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
B.A., University of Oregon – Eugene;
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Chicago.
His specialty is organic chemistry. He is the author of numerous books,
book chapters, patents, journal papers, and conference presentations.
Dr. Stalick has a long-standing interest in teaching
science to non-science majors, and in innovative teaching methods.
James H. Taylor
Associate Professor of Physics, University of Central Missouri
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island.
He is a theoretical physicist who specializes in statistical mechanics
and quantum mechanics. Similarly to
Dr. Jargodzki, he has a deep interest in the theory of cooperative
He is the author of many papers, presentations, and laboratory manuals.
Dr. Taylor has a long-standing interest in philosophy, incl. philosophy
Retired from Department of Physics, University of California, Irvine
Research Physicist and Owner, Sciencegems.com (dedicated to science
B.S., California Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
He conducts theoretical research in particle physics (extensions of the
Standard Model of leptons and quarks) and quantization in gravitational
interactions (with H.G. Preston) which affect the Solar System,
galaxies, and the universe. Has has a lifelong interest in improving
physics education and the relationship of science to other disciplines.
Author of five books and numerous articles.
University of Central Missouri