The motto of the University of California is Let There Be Light— a reference to the creation event of Genesis 1 and the light of truth that dispels the darkness of ignorance and falsehood.

Created in 1868, the University’s direct antecedent was the College of California, founded in 1853 and patterned after the great New England colleges, offering a thoroughly classical curriculum under "the pervading influence and spirit of the Christian religion." The head of the college was Reverend Henry Durant of Yale, who later became the first President of the University.

In the spirit of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment, programs in the Let There Be Light series will feature lectures, debates, discussions, and interviews related to religious and worldview issues. In the spirit of the establishment clause, a broad spectrum of religious and worldview perspectives will be fairly and democratically represented.

Programs in the Let There Be Light series are privately funded and sponsored by faculty, academic departments, and officially recognized campus organizations. Whereas academic freedom of expression is upheld, the views, contents, and opinions herein do not necessarily reflect those of the University of California.

The Origins, Evolution, & Future of Islam

Reza Aslan in conversation with Jack Miles relates the problems within Islam today to the Protestant Reformation. ~ Order Catalog No.: 4310


Focus on Origins delves into the issues surrounding origin of life studies.

Stem Cell Research: Searching for Justice for the Ill & the Unborn

Dr. Scott B. Rae examines the various arguments for and against embryonic stem cell research. ~ Order Catalog No.: 4255

Racial Justice: Are We There Yet?

Dr. John Perkns discusses justice as it relates to his own pilgrimage in Mississippi, as well as his efforts to speak about racial justice to our nation. ~ Order Catalog No.: 4254

Improving Race Relations: An Interview with John Perkins

Dr. Douglas H. Daniels interviews Dr. John Perkins. ~ Order Catalog No.: 4253

The da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?

W. Ward Gasque critiques the various historical claims made in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, The da Vinci Code. ~ Order Catalog No.: 4303

Let There Be Light • Series 2001-2004