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Brown professor who says evolution can be reconciled with faith to receive Notre Dame award


SOUTH BEND, Indiana — A Brown University biology professor who defends evolution and says it can be reconciled with religious faith will receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare (lay-TAH-ray) Medal, which the school has been awarding since 1883.

Professor Kenneth Miller will be presented the award at Notre Dame's commencement on May 18. The school says the medal is given annually to an American Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."

Miller is a cell and molecular biologist who has been a critic of supporters of the creationism and intelligent design movements who argue that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is inherently atheistic and incompatible with Christian faith. Miller also wrote "Finding Darwin's God" and "Only a Theory."

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