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Released Februrary 5, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS GULF COAST TO HOST
GUEST LECTURER ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

LONG BEACH, Miss. - Dr. Richard Creel, a retired faculty member at Ithaca College, will discuss "Can We Prove that God Exists?" during his lecture March 4 in the Advanced Education Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The lecture will start at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow.

"Some people say that belief in God is a matter of faith, but we can have faith that something exists which doesn't exist," said Creel. "Other people say there is evidence which shows that God probably exists, but what is probable is not necessarily so."

Creel will present what seems to be proof that God exists. Creel's proof is developed from St. Anselm's famous ontological argument.

"Dr. Creel, whose knowledge in the field of philosophy of religion is extensive, is committed to making the idea of God both intelligible and accessible," said Dr. Allan W. Eickelmann, instructor of philosophy and religion at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. "He has devoted his life to the study of the philosophy of religion, having authored several books and numerous articles on this subject. We are proud to feature this native Biloxian as our speaker on March 4."

Creel holds a Ph.D. and a master of arts degree from Southern Illinois University. He also holds a master's degree from Yale University and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and German from Millsaps College.

For more information on Creel and his lecture, contact Eickelmann at (228) 867-2613.

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