Darwin lecture slated

UC Irvine professor Francisco Ayala will talk about “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion” at 3 p.m. April 20 at the Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way.

An evolutionary biologist, geneticist and philosopher of science who has written a book with the same title, Ayala will talk about biological evolution and Darwin’s theory of natural selection and religion in the context of the design of organisms as a natural process, a news release states.

He is the 2010 winner of the Templeton Prize, which honors a living person who “has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” The award is valued at more than $1.5 million.

A book signing for those who bring the book and reception will follow the lecture, which is free.