Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community

Ian Barbour

December 27, 2013

It is with a terribly heavy heart that I write to tell you that Ian Barbour died on December 24th. Ian suffered a stroke at home in Northfield on Friday, Dec. 20th, and remained in a coma at Abbott Northwestern Hospital until his death. He was 90 years old. Ian came to Carleton in 1955 with the founding of the Religion department. In the 1970's, he co-founded of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at Carleton, which has since become ENTS (Environment and Technology Studies). He retired in 1986 as the Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society.  

Ian is widely credited with creating the contemporary field of science and religion. With his degrees in Theology and Physics, Ian explored the theological implications of science and methodological issues in both fields. He wrote or edited sixteen books. From 1989 to 1991, he gave the Gifford Lectures in Scotland, and in 1999, Ian was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize.  

Ian left not only a wide and deep intellectual legacy, but also one of great kindness and generosity. He taught generations of Carleton students, gently opening new worlds of thought for them in contemporary theology, religion's intersection with science, sustainable technology, and environmental ethics. Despite his international academic reputation, Ian was generous with his time and concern. He was a humble man of deep faith, finding awe and wonder in the natural world, and great love and joy in his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18th, at 3 p.m., at Carleton's Skinner Memorial Chapel with a reception following in Great Hall. Remembrances of Ian may be left in the comments below. The family's obituary is available on the Bierman Funeral Home's website.

Ian will be deeply missed by so many people. Please hold all of Ian's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

In sorrow and faith,

Carolyn Fure-Slocum
Carleton College Chaplain


Media coverage of Ian's passing:

Los Angeles Times/St. Paul Pioneer Press: Ian Barbour dies at 90; academic who bridged science-religion divide

Star Tribune: Ian Barbour, pioneer in integrating faith and science

Huffington Post: Leading Scholar of Science and Religion Passes Away

New York Times: Ian Barbour, Who Found a Balance Between Faith and Science, Dies at 90


 

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Comments

  • December 27 2013 at 9:33 am
    Michael McNally

    Thanks be to God for the life of Ian Barbour! May his prodigious published work, and more importantly may his memory, continue to inspire.

  • December 27 2013 at 11:12 am
    Adriana Estill
    When we first moved to Northfield, we lived right next door to Ian and Deane. Their warmth and generosity made the shifts to a small town, an wintry climate, and a new job so much easier.
  • December 27 2013 at 11:55 am
    Nancy Ashmore

    I knew Deane as a student, reconnected with her and Ian when I returned to work at Carleton and again when they lived next door to my mother in a senior-living condo in Northfield. Humble and kind, they were people who truly did love and serve their neighbors, both local and global, as themselves. They are deeply missed.

  • December 27 2013 at 11:59 am
    G.Andrew & Judy Dian Larsen

    Dr. Barbour was a puzzle that he opened in science and philosophy.  We remember his long strides around the bald spot and his quick hellos to everyone.  Condolences to the his and the Carleton Family.

  • December 27 2013 at 12:06 pm
    Keith E.O. Homstad
    Memory eternal!
  • December 27 2013 at 9:11 pm
    Christopher S. Taylor (Drew University)

    Well done Professor Barbour. Requiesce in pace! The world is a smaller place without you, but we are all richer for your teaching us that science and religion are not antithetical quests, but two paths to the same infinite wonder - a wonder which ultimately surpasses all our efforts to comprehend.

  • December 28 2013 at 9:54 am
    Ernest Simmons (Concordia College)
    As a mentor and friend in the theology and science dialog, Ian opened a world of creative interaction for me and his groundbreaking book Issues in Science and Religion contributed to me becoming a theologian and committed to the dialog. He demonstrated that one could be a scientist and with intellectual and scientific integrity affirm the existence of God. My faith was sustained because of his reflection. No words can fully express the gentle kindness with which he approached others whether they be friends or detractors and modeled a way of intellectual and scholarly debate that was constructive to the field. Also, no words can fully express what he has meant to all of us in science and theology as a founder of the field. Blessed be the memory of Ian Barbour. We are all better persons for having been touched by such a gentle giant of an intellect housed in such a kind and caring human presence. Pax Aeterna my friend.
  • December 28 2013 at 10:14 am
    Anne E. Patrick

    What a beautiful life has been completed! I learned a great deal from Ian and Deane Barbour, and will continue to treasure my memories of them. How meticulous and kind Ian was when he gave me feedback on my teaching in the 80s! How thoughtfully he participated in department meetings! I enjoyed our conversations so much, and I have been greatly edified by the simplicity and generosity of his life.

  • December 28 2013 at 2:35 pm
    V. V. Raman

    We are grateful he lived in our times.

    His deep insights transformed richly Science-Religion dialogues.

    His humanity touched all who had the privilege of knowing him personally.

    He was a great mind and a great man by any measure.

    Our condolences to the family.

    We rejoice in the rich legacy he has left behind.

    May be be in Peace!

    V. V. Raman

    December 28, 2013

  • December 28 2013 at 2:44 pm
    David Davis-Van Atta, 1972

    This is sad to see, and to think of.  We will all miss Ian sincerely whenever we remember him.  And it's also a feeling of what a terrific life, what great contributions this unassuming person gave to all of us, and to more than one field of knowledge (something that few accomplish, even among superb intellects), and such a wonderful person to know as well.  I count myself lucky!  Though it couldn't have meant much to Ian, if anything, it sure meant a great deal to me having my office be in the house next door to Ian and Deane.  I often thought of them being in the next house, the one I saw out my window, and felt good knowing this!  That simple proximity was fortune enough for me!  Ian learned his quantum mechanics from none other than the (famous, and infamous) Dr. Edward Teller, usually "credited" as the father of the hydrogen bomb.  (Most who know will say that Teller was actually its mother, Stanislaw Ulam having planted the key solution in Teller's mind where it then grew to full "fruition.")  Regardless, it was very cool to listen to any lecture of Ian's and think about being this close to some of the great minds of 20th century science, Teller and others who Ian knew as a graduate student.  There are only precious few who still offer this closeness to these scientists and thinkers.  Goodbye, Ian, and Deane.  Your lives were genuinely some things special.  Thank you greatly for all you gave and did.

  • December 28 2013 at 3:07 pm
    John A. Teske
    I find myself grateful that we had Ian with us this last summer at the conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). I also got to chat with him en route from the airport, one of the advantages of being airport "shuttle." I'd known Ian since I was a child; my father brought him to Purdue as a visiting professor in the early 70s. I reconnected with him at one of the science/religion meetings back in the mid-90s. This was a great man. I think Zygon also just did a "virtual issue" on his work. This is definitely the passing of an Era, and I hope IRAS can mark Ian's passing properly at Star Island this summer!
  • December 28 2013 at 10:43 pm
    Ingrid Shafer

    I will always be grateful to Philip Hefner for introducing me to Ian and givig me a chance to know one of the seminal thinkers of the 20th century, one who gave me confidence that my own life-long quest to link science-philosophy-religion was the best way to build, in the words of Teilhard de Chardin, the earth. Thank you, Ian, for being you!

  • December 28 2013 at 11:38 pm
    phil reller
    a precious, gentle mentor whose faith, honesty, and intellect shape, challenged, and reshaped my life. With Deanne, two of the most compassionate friends we've known.
  • December 29 2013 at 7:19 am
    George Coyne, S.J.

    When I first began to develop an interest in the relationship of science and religious belief, I studied Ian's works. He soon became an inspiration and I was delighted that he became a major participant in the series of research conferences, "Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action," sponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at Berkeley, CA and the Vatican Observatory. His wisdom remains with us and for that I am most grateful to God.

    George V. Coyne, S.J.
    Director Emeritus, Vatican Observatory
    McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy
    Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY

  • December 29 2013 at 12:22 pm
    Louis Newman
    I arrived at Carleton in 1983; Ian retired just a few years later. But though we overlapped in the Religion Department for only a few years, he was an incredibly important mentor to me. He took a genuine interest in my work and welcomed me so warmly into the department. Most of all, he was a model of humility and gentleness. He was invariably generous with his time in talking with those Religion majors who continued to encounter his work in our courses and then discovered that this world-class scholar of science and religion lived just around the corner. Deanne, like Ian, was among the kindest people I have ever known. Seeing them each year at our Department dinners was always such a delight. Ian was such a rare individual--a towering figure in his field who was utterly unpretentious. His ceaseless intellectual energy and scholarly activity right until the end of his life serves as an inspiration to us all. All of us who knew him and were privileged to have him as a senior colleague will miss him dearly.
  • December 29 2013 at 2:42 pm
    Deborah Meinke

    I did not know Professor Barbour personally, but his work in theology and science influences my own theology and has given me great hope for the future of our disciplines and lives.  Gratitude for a life well-lived! 

    Rev. Dr. Deborah Meinke, Presbyterian Church (USA)

     

  • December 29 2013 at 5:14 pm
    Linda Clader
    I certainly concur with earlier comments remembering both Ian's and Deane's great kindness and generosity. I was privileged to know both of them from the vantage-points of student and faculty colleague. I will say that my strongest memories of Ian, though, are not so much of his brilliance as a theologian or humility as a fellow-teacher, but cluster around many lunches with assorted colleagues in Sayles-Hill, with Ian modifying his chair with a cafeteria tray. That picture is deeply seared into my Carleton memory! I give thanks for both Barbours with deep affection. Rev. Dr. Linda Lee Clader, '68, CC Faculty, 1972-1990.
  • December 29 2013 at 8:40 pm
    rahmi
    My deep condolences REST IN PEACE Ian G Barbour
  • December 30 2013 at 9:01 am
    Sarah Blaisdell Forster '93

    Ian and Deane were dear neighbors, mentors, and friends. We deeply miss their kindness, generosity, intellect and faith, and offer sincere condolences to John and the rest of the family. Sarah Blaisdell Forster '93

  • December 30 2013 at 12:34 pm
    Leslie Schluckebier Mahtani, '84
    I was so impressed by Ian Barbour's wide range of knowledge and his perpetual drive to not only continue learning but to translate his work into the leading of important dialogues. I think he showed great courage in pursuing his appreciation of religion after a career in physics given that in so many modern circles, science and secularism reign supreme. Somewhere in Simon Winchester's biography of Joseph Needham is a quotation by a teacher who advised Needham to "think spaciously; think in oceans". I think that's exactly what Ian Barbour did, and in doing so, provided a foundation for the many things he achieved and contributed to all of us. In his gentle manner, he also inspired me to keep an open mind, and when possible, to think spaciously. I'll always remember Ian's kindness and his wonderful wife, Deane, who also leaves a legacy of intelligence, engagement and an enormous capacity for compassion.
  • December 30 2013 at 7:53 pm
    John Maxwell Kerr
    Ian was an inspiration to all of us in the UK as we started up the Science and Religion Forum and later, the Society of Ordained Scientists. He really was the seed from which the burgeoning field of studies in the relationship between science and religion sprouted. I thanks God for his kindness and friendship and wisdom and pray that he may rest in peace and rise again in glory. John Maxwell Kerr, SOSc Episcopal Chaplain, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg Virginia.
  • December 30 2013 at 10:37 pm
    James M. Kerns
    Although I too did not know Ian personally,I was recently feeling kinship with his wonderful body of work beginning back in 1966 (critical realism)when I graduated in Biology from St. Olaf College across the river and where his son John now teaches. Even more now in retirement, I poured over his book "When Science Meets Religion" seeing his insightful options for a respectable interface between the two disciplines. What a blessed gift to Northfield and the world were his 90 full years.
  • December 31 2013 at 9:26 am
    Joel Weisberg

    He was an intellectual giant and a person of great kindness. 

    His helping to found Environmental and Technology Studies at Carleton was another important act in a very fruitful life. It marks yet another  fertile dimension of his efforts to humanize science and to bring it into important dialog with other fields.

    I attended a lecture of his just a few months ago, and there he was, sharp as ever; both in his presentation and in his response to questions.

    What a life lived large, well, and with love!

    Joel Weisberg, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College.

  • January 1 2014 at 12:18 pm
    Thomas Jay Oord
    Ian encouraged me personally many times over the years. I admired his ability to analyze and synthesize vast amounts of information. And I consider him a giant of a scholar. But it was the personal encouragement he gave, his words of inspiration to me, his endorsement of the projects I pursued, and his general positive demeanor toward me personally that I will cherish! I've lost a friend... Thomas Jay Oord, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Northwest Nazarene University
  • January 1 2014 at 1:22 pm
    George Ellis

    Ian was a very clear thinker and a great pioneer. He has left a great legacy behind.

  • January 1 2014 at 6:33 pm
    Ruth Yeomans
    I am very sad to hear of Ian Barbour’s passing and am very grateful for having known him. I was a biology major at Carleton. In my junior and especially senior years I was going through major internal changes and found myself taking courses in the Religion Department and making friends among the students there. The influences and inspirations I received at that time from the Big Three (David Maitland, Ian Barbour, and Bardwell Smith) and their students are with me today. I was fortunate to be part of a little group one term that worked with Ian Barbour, as an independent study project, on studying a rough draft of “Issues in Science and Religion.” We discussed the content, offered input on content and communication style, wrote papers vaguely or directly related to his themes, and had such a fun and intellectually stimulating time! I was so impressed with not just his intellectual brilliance but equally much, as others have commented here, with his kindness and gentleness and the genuine interest and respect he showed for us students. His ways of analyzing and thinking remain guidance as I continue to integrate my own various scientific and religious selves. I had not seen him since I left Carleton. I couple years ago I got a note from him, asking what I was up to, with a copy of a poem I had written while “under the influence” of the Religion Department, which he had saved and found while sorting through stuff before moving to his retirement apartment. Last June I visited Carleton. My brother and I and Bardwell and Charlotte Smith were invited to Ian’s place for tea/sherry, black cherry ice cream, and wide-ranging conversation. That was a very special couple of hours, and I feel so lucky that I got to see him that day. Ruth Yeomans Class of 1966 Retired Marine Educator, The Seattle Aquarium
  • January 2 2014 at 9:19 am
    Rebecca Cole -Turner
    There are stars whose radiance is visible on earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind. ~ Hannah Senesh (Szenes) It is very difficult for me to imagine a world without Ian or Deane in it. Fortunately, their kind, loving, brilliant lights will continue to illuminate the lives and hearts of all of us who were so extraordinarily blessed to have known them. Soli Deo gloria!
  • January 6 2014 at 7:09 am
    Kunsang

    I am so sorry to hear about that and my prayers and Condolence are with him and his family! I am sorrier for myself to have not known about him and his passion in the intersection of Science and Religion. However, with all the prayers I could offer, I pray for his work to be wildly acknowledged. Rest In Peace, Sir!

     

  • January 6 2014 at 2:58 pm
    Rabbi Lawrence Troster
    I just found out about Dr. Barbour's passing. May his family find consolation in his memory and strength from God. Although I never met Dr. Barbour, his writing has had a profound impact on my own theology and work. Rabbi Shimon Said: "There Are Three Crowns - The Crown Of Torah, The Crown Of Priesthood, And The Crown Of Kingship - But The Crown Of A Good Name Surpasses Them All." (Pirkei Avot 4:13)
  • January 7 2014 at 4:08 pm
    Roger Forsberg, CC, '67

    My friend & classmate, Tom Dean, & I took Prof Barbour's Science & Religion class that used the first printing of his text.  I remember how pleased I was to be able to earn his praise when I discovered a few subtle 'errata' that had escaped his & the book's proofreaders' attention.  

    Whether one was a friend, acquaintance, colleague or student, Prof Barbour always seemed to behave in the same manner, i.e., with kindness, thoughtfulness, inquisitiveness, keen intelligence & very broad knowledge.   He was a splendid chap, indeed.   Requiesce in pace, Ian Barbour!  

  • January 7 2014 at 4:23 pm
    Kevin Pettit

    With the passing of Ian Barbour, we all must bid farewell to an extraordinary gentleman.  Surely, his presence will be missed at Carleton College!

    I was fortunate enough to have known Professor Barbour as a teacher, a colleague, and as a friend!  Like very many others, in each of these relationships, he influenced me greatly.   

    Unaware of his passing, I found out about his death just as I was trying to contact him to see if he might be interested in being interviewed by Bill Moyers of PBS, in a similar maner as another giant – Joseph Campbell – was interviewed.

    The world is blessed by Ian Barbour's great legacy and his original studies at the interface of science and faith, two avenues of inquiry that he showed were not distantly related as is commonly thought.  His work and his memory will continue on however; they will act as fertile soil for the greater advancement of these fields of study.

  • January 7 2014 at 4:43 pm
    Dawn Stover

    I'd give almost anything to take another class from Ian Barbour, maybe the one he co-taught with Paul Wellstone. Ian was not only a wonderful teacher but also one of the kindest people I've ever met. He and his wife Deane were among my house-cleaning customers while I was working my way through Carleton, and I'll never forget how sweet they were to me (and to each other). They remain an inspiration to this day.

  • January 7 2014 at 5:05 pm
    Takashi James Kodera '69

    May I share with all those who have known Ian Barbour my heart felt gratitude for his pioneering teaching and scholarship. Trained first as a physicist, and later in the academic study of religion, with an abiding commitment to the Quaker tradition, he spearheaded the field of "Science and Religion."

    When I took my first Religion course at Carleton as a "foreign student," in today's PC phrase "international student," it was a course, team taught by Ian Barbour and Bardwell Smith. Due, in large measure, to my woeful language preparation, I did not follow the class proceedings very well. As a "courtesy grade," as the put it, I received one of the lowest but passing grade. 

     What I remember of him is the rare combination of personal gentleness and intellectual acumen. 

    His beloved wife, Deanne, preceded him. 

     May their souls rest in eternal peace. 

     

    Takashi James Kodera '69, Professor of Religion, Wellesley College; Rector, part-time, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hudson, MA

     

  • January 7 2014 at 6:15 pm
    Richard J Shumway '63

    We all celebrate the life of Ian Barbour and his writings, but most vividly in my memory was the discovery that physics really required manual labor as I struggled, in the summer of 1957 carrying lead bricks from the basement of Laird to the attic of Laird to help set up his research for the geophysical year. I had thought physics was nearly as abstract as mathematics. Theory and hard work really do go together!  As a sophomore in HS, that was a genuine awakening to real science, and coming from a philosopher as well—a great memory.  Thank you Ian Barbour.

     

    Richard J Shumway '63, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Education, Ohio State University, adjunct professor, mathematics, University of Wyoming.

  • January 7 2014 at 7:29 pm
    Bob Shively
    Prof. Barbour turned me on to a life-long career in energy and life-long belief that the right type of religion can be a positive force in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Bob Shively, Carleton Class of 1981
  • January 7 2014 at 11:15 pm
    Melinda M Hunter
    January 7, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. I knew Ian Barbour mainly through my involvement with the Presbyterian Club. If I remember correctly, he was a Presbyterian; I know that David Matiland was. I didn't realize that he, Bardwell Smith and David Maitland were called, "The Big Three." I knew each of them personally, one of the many benefits of a small college like Carleton. The great value of knowing them personally was certainly something I wasn't aware of at them time, but later on realized how fortunate, no blessed is a better word, for my relationship with them. The words used to describe him are apt: humble, caring, confident of whom he was as a "Child of God." I was at Carleton from 1957 to 1961, when Chapel was compulsory and before discussions started about doing away with the Chaplain. I have on the back of my Barcelona Red Rav a sign that says, "Co-exist," showing religious symbols of many faiths. I also have a fish, indicating that I am a Christian. When people ask about it I reply that everyone has a right to believe in his or her own way, a belief which was certainly fostered by my Carleton education. Thank you Ian Barbour for your part in my personal and spiritual development. Melinda M. Hunter, Carleton 1961
  • January 8 2014 at 9:27 am
    Dan S Wang '90
    May we all live our lives as graciously as Ian Barbour! The good professor was already in emeritus nirvana by the time I met him. I was writing my senior thesis for the Religion Dept, something about environmental ethics. Ann Braude and Bardwell Smith recommended that I call up Ian Barbour for a chat. I'd already read Myths, Models, and Paradigms by then, and so I expected some very serious man. He was deep but also playful, jumping from one angle to another, completely approachable, and excited by my takes on Daoism and Buddhism, surface-scratching as they were. It was a good encounter for the memory files of lovely learning experiences at Carleton.
  • January 8 2014 at 9:33 am
    Nozomi Ikuta, '78 and James Watson, '78
    At bedtime one night when I was in the 5th grade, I asked my father which was true: the creation story we had learned about in church, or the theory of evolution we were learning about in science class. He responded by asking me exactly how long I thought one of God's days really was. A couple of years later, I became very interested in environmental issues. No wonder that it was Ian from whom I ended up taking three classes, nearly a third of the coursework for a religion major. As with the classes and study groups offered by David Maitland and Bardwell Smith, Ian's often featured discussion groups at his home, complete with tea, cookies, and hospitality provided by his dear wife Deane. He would nudge and prod us to think more deeply, his eyes sparkling when we understood something new. This was all punctuated by wry comments and the occasional wince from the pain in his back, which we knew about, not because he complained, but because of that little board he always carried around for it. He was endlessly encouraging and interested in our lives as they unfolded, faithfully keeping in touch and graciously receiving us whenever we were in town. It is such a gift to have known and to have been mentored by him. Thank God for an extraordinary man whose brilliance was exceeded only by his humility!
  • January 8 2014 at 9:06 pm
    Greg Hoffman
    I took one of Ian's classes in Religion & Science while at Carleton in about 1976 as a way to avoid the standard Religion classes. The experience was one of the high points of my education.
  • January 11 2014 at 10:04 am
    Rev. Robert Dell

    Ian's contributions to the discussion as to religion and science have been of considerable help in my own faith journey. For that I am most grateful. By some quirk, we did not make a connection during the time we were both at Yale Divinity School, but only later when a Carleton class reunion brought us together. What a gift to come to know one who made an important contribution to so large an audience, but which also included me.

    In 1950 Ian's younger brother, Freeland, and I were both among the Youth Associates serving with Church World Service with its refugee work. Free and I had a memorable trip, by borrowed jeep, to Venice for the Easter weekend. Free's early death was such a loss. In important, but quite different ways  my life has been enriched by these two brothers. To the family I send my deep sympathy.

  • January 13 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Lori Pearson
    I have been so honored and humbled to have known Ian Barbour, who was a role model on numerous levels--intellectually, personally, professionally, spiritually. He and Deane had an amazing way of paying attention and giving care to ideas, people, community, and the wider world. Ian remained a vital and involved member of the religion department until his last days--always offering encouragement and friendship to faculty, taking interest in new members of the department, and attending department potlucks and functions with enthusiasm and investment. He always asked me about my current scholarship, and both he and Deane would share theological ideas from whatever recent book they were reading. It was always such a treat to see him and Deane at our potlucks, and to engage in conversation with two people who were simultaneously intellectual powerhouses and the gentlest of people. I miss them both, and am grateful to have shared time with them in the religion department and in the Northfield community. With sympathy, fondness, and gratitude to the whole Barbour family, Lori Pearson (Carleton Religion Department)
  • January 16 2014 at 9:10 am
    Bob Russell

    As an undergraduate at Stanford University in the mid-1960s I discovered Issues in Science and Religion during a dark time in my spiritual struggle with physics and Christian faith. Issues released me from that quagmire of conflict and offered me hope for a new way to live and think as a Christian and as a scientist. That hope became a road forward which I have traveled these past fifty years.

    In 1976 I taught science and religion using Issues at UC Santa Cruz while pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. From 1978 to 1981 I taught physics here at Carleton where I first met Ian and Deane. During these years Ian and I often talked about how to help the coming generations of scientists and religious leaders find a path of creative dialog and interaction.  The result was the creation of CTNS, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in 1981, located at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Our mission of research, teaching and public service includes introducing the natural sciences into the curriculum for both seminary and doctoral students. In order to ensure that Ian’s legacy will influence coming generations of clergy, scientists and religious scholars, the CTNS Board of Directors created the Ian G. Barbour Chair in Theology and Science as the centerpiece of our mission. The Chair was launched in 2006 and made possible in large part by Ian and Deane through their incredibly generous gift of $1M from his Templeton Prize.

    I am privileged to be the first holder of the Barbour Chair and honored to call Ian beloved mentor and dear friend, inspiring colleague and cherished fellow-traveler. I will forever be thankful to him as the pioneer of science in religion, whose penetrating vision, remarkable creativity, chiseled fairness, and rare humility set a gold standard for all of us working in the vineyard of this international and ecumenical conversation.

    Now, dear and gentle Ian, your labor is over and you have joined your beloved Deane in the brilliant presence of the living God forever.

  • May 3 2014 at 12:46 am
    Morgan Gale
    Ian drove my brother B.G. and my mother to the hospital in 1958 after my brother fell out of a second story window onto his head across from campus. A train was passing and they had to wait, and Ian cursed the whole time until it passed. It may be the only time he cursed within earshot in history. Thank you Ian, for helping to save my brother's life.

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