The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul

Panel Discussion March 23, 2011

Are we immortal? Do our souls exist beyond our bodies? What scientific evidence is there for mystical experience? These questions and others will be addressed from a cultural, historical, and scientific perspective by evolutionary biologist Kenneth Miller and theologians John Haught and Nancey Murphy.

Science, self, and immortality by John F. Haught
Immortality versus resurrection in the Christian tradition by Nancey Murphy


  • Lisa Miller Wilbur Prize-winning Author & Commentator on Religion, History & Religious Faith
  • John F. Haught Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University
  • Kenneth R. Miller Professor of Biology, Brown University
  • Nancey Murphy Professor of Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary


  • Wednesday, March 23, 2011
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume stems from a six-part lecture series that fostered reflection and insight on the current concept and theories of the self and their moral, ethical, and social implications. In addition to full transcripts of each panel, the volume also contains a number of essays by many of the participants.

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About This Series

This event is the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.