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Rosemont to Welcome Author and Theologian Ilia Delio for Annual Norcini Lecture

Katie DuBoff - March 22, 2024

Why AI Needs Religion: Building the Earth Toward a Better World  
Tuesday, April 30 
7:00 pm  
Rosemont College Rotwitt Theater  

Register here. 
Admission: Free 
Sponsored by the Mary and John Norcini Lecture Fund 

Ilia Delio headshotThe Rosemont community, alumni, and members of the general public are invited to join us for this year’s Norcini Lecture, entitled: “Why AI Needs Religion: Building the Earth Toward a Better World.” Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC, and American theologian specializing in science and religion with interests in evolution, physics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence and the importance of these for theology.

Artificial Intelligence is reshaping how we work, learn, and think in virtually every industry. In this talk, Dr. Delio will discuss the relationship between technology and religion to show that one of the most significant factors driving the quickly evolving world of Artificial Intelligence today is the quest for God-like power. She will examine how we can forge a way forward and how to reframe AI and religion within the wider flow of evolution, pulling from the insights of the Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who devoted his spiritual writing to bridging Christianity and evolution.    

Dr. Delio currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University and is the author of seventeen books including Care for Creation (coauthored with Keith Warner and Pamela Woods), which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009, first place for social concerns and second place in spirituality. Her book The Emergent Christ won a third place Catholic Press Book Award in 2011 for the area of Science and Religion. 

Delio’s recent books include The Hours of the Universe: Reflections on God, Science and the Human Journey, which won the 2022 Gold Nautilus Book Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award for Faith and Science, Re-Enchanting the Earth: Why AI Needs Religion, and The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (Orbis, 2013), which received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a third place Catholic Press Association Award for Faith and Science. 

Dr. Delio is Founder and Executive Director for The Center for Christogenesis, an online forum dedicated to the integration of science, religion and culture, with a particular emphasis on Christianity and evolution. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics including evolution, artificial intelligence, consciousness, culture and religion. 

A native of Newark, NJ, Delio earned doctorates in pharmacology from Rutgers University-School of Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences and in Historical theology from Fordham University, NY. She also holds two honorary doctorates, one from St. Francis University in 2015, and one from Sacred Heart University in 2020.