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GRCC: The Roots of Morality – Luke Galen

March 30, 2011
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Organized by:
Dr. Frank Conner
Phone: 616-234-3612
Email: fconner@grcc.edu


This event is hosted by the GRCC Psychology Department.

In this presentation, Dr. Galen, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University, will consider the root of morality and pro-social behavior. Are we kind and considerate of others because religion creates a set of rules and “commandments” or are these behaviors a natural result of our evolutionary need to live in community? Dr. Galen will also cover related topics such as why humans construct religions and how religion can create prejudicial beliefs and behaviors.

About Luke Galen, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Luke Galen is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. His areas of research include the study of secularityand nonreligious groups, religious fundamentalism and the psychology of belief and non-belief. He teaches classes on the Psychology of Religion, Controversial Issues in Psychology, and Human Sexuality. He is faculty advisor to the GVSU Center for Inquiry campus group. He is currently working on a co-authored book entitled “Being Secular.”