Brown Univ. professor to receive Notre Dame award

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — 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 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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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