Prof.Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin is the guest lecturer at the forthcoming 17th convocation ceremony of Babcock University, Ogun State.
The lecture, which is entitled, ‘Faith, Fact and Fiction’ will take place at the University Stadium on June 2, 2019 by 9am.
Falola will also be conferred with a honorary doctorate degree at the ceremony.
According to Falola, the lecture will address the relevance of faith in the context of the related ideas of fact and fiction.
This is because faith and society have always been linked since the birth of human civilization. There is, therefore, no running away from the fact that religion is the bedrock, upon which the success of every scientific engagement is built.
“It is, indeed, my unyielding suggestion that the great nation of Nigeria must combine faith with science and technology. The three would make a combinatorial force capable of catapulting our society to an enviable position. When our scientific engagements begin to unearth curious discoveries that may stray our commonsense, there and then faith is usually needed to drive us back into a normalcy which follows the moral compass of our society”.
He added that, Iooking at the envious records that faith-based institutions are making especially, we cannot but concede to the fact that, rather than weaken our zeal to move forward, faith can in fact anchor our journey towards scientific inquiry. A school, which is committed to making holistic education, both academic and spiritual, proves itself worthy of its salt when we consider the crop of academic products that the country and the world harvest from it annually.