An astronomer and the University of Kentucky have settled his federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination over his failure to get a job for which he had been the leading candidate until his views on Christianity and science came to light.

UK agreed to pay $125,000 to Martin Gaskell in the settlement, while not admitting to any wrongdoing.

Gaskell had applied in 2007 to be the founding director of a new observatory on the Lexington campus until his writings on evolution stirred debate among UK’s science professors. He alleged he lost the job over his religious beliefs — with one search committee member describing him as “fascinating” but “potentially evangelical” — while UK asserted that it was concerned about his commitment to science.

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