CHARLESTOWN - An estimated 70 people attended a seminar presented by the Rev. George McMillan on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s views on the relationship between science and religion at the Valley Forge Christian College Friday morning.
During the 80-minute presentation, McMillan said if King was alive today, he would be critical of some of the government's actions.
"Although things have improved since his passing, Dr. King would still tremble at some of the things that go on to this day," said McMillan. "He would be critical of spending $87 million dollars on Afghanistan, yet we are still losing the war on drugs. We've learned how to put a man on the moon, but we haven't learned how to get along and love one another."
Following a videotape documenting some of Dr. King's history, McMillan said that King was a "spiritual genius."
"I believe that he is still speaking to us today," said McMillan. "It just depends if we are still listening. He redefined America. Those people who were against him now celebrate him. His life certainly changed my life. Dr. King said it's not how long you live, it's how well you live. He could preach the horns off of a billy goat and he'd preach the sweetness out of a cake. He gave himself in the most ultimate fashion - he gave up his life."
McMillan said he'd never had the chance to see Dr. King speak, but was honored to meet his father, Martin Luther King, Sr.
"I was the president of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York," he said. "I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. King's father. He referred to himself as 'Daddy King.' In fact, I had the opportunity to introduce 'Daddy King' when he came to the school to deliver a speech."
During a question and answer session, one student asked McMillan about the differences between King and the late leader of the Muslin Mosque, Malcolm X.
"When you are young, you have a tendency to be radical and very vocal against everything," he said. "You'll choose someone just as radical, and Malcolm X was radical. While Dr. King was religious over time, people should be reminded that Dr. King was just as radical."
The Rev. McMillan is a graduate of Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, Ohio) where he majored in theology and minored in sociology. He has a masters of Divinity from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and has taught courses on Martin Luther King Jr. and African-American History at a variety of colleges.
He currently serves as a therapist at Northwestern Human Services, where he provides counseling for drug addiction.
Todd G. Guevin, Ph.D., VFCC department chair, arts and sciences, said the seminar was sponsored by the Society for Science and Faith at Valley Forge.
"We are given grants to bring in guest speakers quite often," said Guevin. "I contacted Rev. McMillan and we proposed a course. We wanted to expand our science and faith linkage."
Both Guevin and McMillan agreed that the seminar delivered a message.
"I thought it went very well," said McMillan. "I was able to field quite a few questions from the audience. I'm very happy at the response of the audience. They were very attentive and asked some great questions. They needed to see Dr. King in action with the videotape."