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Preparations for UK/US Tour for Let Newton Be!

December 8, 2010

The award-winning Craig Baxter's Faraday-commissioned play, "Let Newton Be!", is going on a tour of the United Kingdom and United

The award-winning Craig Baxter's Faraday-commissioned play, "Let Newton Be!", is going on a tour of the United Kingdom and United States during March and April 2011.  Featuring three "Newtons" on stage throughout the performance, the script uses the authentic words of the great scientist and his contemporaries to weave together an absorbing exploration of one of history's most complex and brilliant figures.

Details of performances and how to get tickets will be available soon.  For the time being, you can view a trailer of the play here.  You can read a review of the play, published in Science in November last year, here, and one from August 2010 written by the History of Science Society here.

"This is the theater of ideas at its very finest. It is mesmerizing, inventive, and provocative. Baxter has created a unified Newton who will awe and move modern audiences. This is Newton fully in three dimensions."
The History of Science Society

"Can theater be a platform for science? In the hands of Baxter, Morris, and Menagerie  Theatre—yes. Spectacularly yes."
Science

Great St Mary's Packed For Williams/Eagleton Discussion

November 19, 2010

More than 1200 people filled Great St Mary's, Cambridge's university church, to capacity, as Rowan Williams and Terry Eagleon participated

More than 1200 people filled Great St Mary's, Cambridge's university church, to capacity, as Rowan Williams and Terry Eagleon participated in a public discussion of the new atheism.  You can hear an audio recording of the event here.

Director speaks on science and faith at Baylor University

November 10, 2010

Denis Alexander addressed the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning on the topic "The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict between

Denis Alexander addressed the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning on the topic "The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict between Science and Religion".  You can watch the video here.

Dramatic Genius: Mr Darwin's Tree

November 2, 2010

Charles Darwin’s genius is well-known, but his anguish less so.  Both were

Charles Darwin’s genius is well-known, but his anguish less so.  Both were brilliantly brought out by Andrew Harrison in two performances of this one-man show, which moved, enlightened and entertained near sell-out crowds with its confident evocation of the life and times of one of the 19th century’s most controversial and influential figures. 

Drawing out the humour of Darwin's life alongside its brilliance and pain, Harrison had his audiences laughing and close to tears by turns.  Incorporating abundant quotations from contemporary letters, records and diaries, the play seeks to uncover the man behind the mythology, undermining simplistic accounts of the development of the theory of evolution.  

The Origin of Species shook science to its foundations, but left no theological consensus in its wake, least of all in the mind of its author.  Many clergymen welcomed the new theory; even its staunchest defenders had doubts.  And throughout the controversy, tormented by poor health and the death of his daughter, Darwin wrestled with his own weak, wavering and ultimately extinguished faith, looking with continual admiration towards his devoted wife, Emma, who remained a committed believer and faithful companion to the end.  

Such were the surprising origins of one of science’s most ideologically contested theories, and all who saw the play can be grateful for having had them so expertly, amusingly and engagingly brought to life.  Darwin’s evolutionary “Tree of Life” has always had a wider array of perspectives sheltering in its branches than many of us may realise.

 

19 November 2010 A Public Discussion - "Responses to the New Atheism" with Archbishop Rowan Williams and Professor Terry Eagleton

October 4, 2010

5.30 pm Friday 19 November 2010 Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge Prof. Terry Eagleton - a Political Response Archbishop Rowan Williams – a

5.30 pm Friday 19 November 2010

Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge


Prof. Terry Eagleton - a Political Response
Archbishop Rowan Williams – a Theological Response
With a conversation between the speakers and with those attending
All welcome, free entrance, no tickets or advance booking required, bookstall, refreshments
 

Lemaitre conference details now available online

September 22, 2010

The Georges Lemaître Anniversary Conference Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: April 7-10, 2011 In 2011 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s

The Georges Lemaître Anniversary Conference

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: April 7-10, 2011

In 2011 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s famous papers describing his ‘primaeval atom’ model of the universe. In this conference the life and work of Lemaître and his legacy for modern cosmology will be discussed, as will the philosophical and theological implications of cosmological theories.

For a list of speakers and topics as well as booking information, click here

 

 

Hawking's "The Grand Design"

September 3, 2010

Comment on Stephen Hawking's New Book In response to Hawking's controversial claims in his forthcoming co-authored book, Institute Director Denis

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Comment on Stephen Hawking's New Book

In response to Hawking's controversial claims in his forthcoming co-authored book, Institute Director Denis Alexander's letter to the Times can be viewed here.

The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology has compiled a number of further links relevant to this story.  They can be viewed here.

William E. Carroll, guest speaker at the forthcoming conference on Lemaitre in 2011, offers a more detailed response here.

Job Vacancy, Research Associate

September 1, 2010

  THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE   BRITISH COUNCIL – ‘BELIEF IN DIALOGUE PROJECT’   The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion,

 
THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION
 
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
 
BRITISH COUNCIL – ‘BELIEF IN DIALOGUE PROJECT’
 
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, has a position available for a post-doctoral Research Associate who will help in developing the science and religion strand of the new British Council ‘Belief in Dialogue’ programme. The programme will involve educational, scientific and religious events carried out in international and cross-cultural contexts.
 
The successful candidate will have a PhD and/or a strong research background in philosophy, or history and philosophy of science, or science and religion, or science communication, or any relevant affiliated discipline, which could include a PhD in science with proven experience in one of these other areas. The post will involve international travel and will suit someone with cross-cultural experience, and with a proven track-record of involvement in the field of science and religion. The successful candidate will be based at The Faraday Institute, entailing agreement with the aims and ethos of the Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). The position is for one-year in the first instance, but could be extended if the programme is successful.  The salary will be up to £29,866 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.
 
Applications should include a cv, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: the Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 1st October 2010. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.  Interviews will be held in early October and the appointment will be made as soon after interview as possible.
 
 
 
St Edmund's College is a registered charity, number 1137454
 
 
A pdf of this text is available here.

FREE New Test of Faith Resource: Celebrating God's Creation

August 25, 2010

A new resource is now available from the Test of Faith project. 'Celebrating God's Creation' is an all-age church service

A new resource is now available from the Test of Faith project. 'Celebrating God's Creation' is an all-age church service resource, and was developed in partnership with Bible Society. The material includes a sermon outline, ideas for prayers, liturgy and songs, videos, PowerPoint and all-age/children's activities.

Celebrating God's Creation can be downloaded free from
http://www.testoffaith.com/resources/subCategories.aspx?sub=true&id=6

 

Faraday Papers now in Japanese

August 4, 2010

The Faraday Papers are now available in ten different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest

The Faraday Papers are now available in ten different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the languages is Japanese, and Faraday Paper Numbers 1 and 2 in Japenese have recently been posted.

Can Science Explain Everything? - Prof. Keith Ward

August 4, 2010

This article originally appeared on The Guardian ‘Comment Is Free’ web-site on 16 July 2010 and is reproduced in the

This article originally appeared on The Guardian ‘Comment Is Free’ web-site on 16 July 2010 and is reproduced in the Issues folder by permission.

Keith Ward was Regius professor of divinity at Oxford, and is now a professorial research fellow in the philosophy of religion at Heythrop College, London

Test of FAITH DVDs now available

July 26, 2010

The Test of FAITH DVDs can now be bought from the Faraday shop, and will be dispatched immediately.

The Test of FAITH DVDs can now be bought from the Faraday shop, and will be dispatched immediately.

Beyond Belief by Denis Alexander and Robert S White is now available from our on-line book shop

July 23, 2010

BEYOND BELIEF can now be purchased from  the Faraday Institute on-line shop.    

BEYOND BELIEF can now be purchased from  the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

 

 

Faraday Course's 'Science and Religion' debate on Ulster radio

July 1, 2010

 A  lively panel debate on science and religion, hosted by William Crawley and recorded at the recent Faraday Institute Dublin

 A  lively panel debate on science and religion, hosted by William Crawley and recorded at the recent Faraday Institute Dublin Conference. Click here to listen online.

FARADAY ASSOCIATES HONOURED

June 22, 2010

Our warmest congratulations to Faraday Associates Prof. Colin Humphrey [Cambridge University] who was awarded the KBE for his  service to

Our warmest congratulations to Faraday Associates Prof. Colin Humphrey [Cambridge University] who was awarded the KBE for his  service to science in the recent Queen’s Birthday list, and to Prof. Katherine Blundell [Oxford University] who has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements in astrophysics, suitability as a role model and her proposal to promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
 

Book Launch for Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins

June 2, 2010

Denis Alexander's new book, 'Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins' will be launched at Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street,

Download further information (PDF)

Download further information (PDF)

Denis Alexander's new book, 'Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins' will be launched at Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street, Cambridge on Wednesday 23rd June, 6.45 for 7pm, with refreshments.  Denis will be there together with Dr Sujit Sivasundaram to answer questions on the book, and sign copies.  All are welcome.  No tickets required.

John Wyatt's Faraday London lecture now available online

May 19, 2010

The first Faraday London Lecture, given by Prof. John Wyatt entitled 'Justice at the beginning and end of life' is

The first Faraday London Lecture, given by Prof. John Wyatt entitled 'Justice at the beginning and end of life' is available here (audio only). The lecture was part of the Pentecost Festival 2010.

New book co-edited by Faraday Institute director now published

May 13, 2010

Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins Edited by Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers is now available from the Faraday

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Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins
Edited by Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers
is now available from the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

Over the course of human history, the sciences, and biology in particular, have often been manipulated to cause immense human suffering. For example, biology has been used to justify eugenic programs, forced sterilization, human experimentation, and death camps—all in an attempt to support notions of racial superiority. By investigating the past, the contributors to Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins hope to better prepare us to discern ideological abuse of science when it occurs in the future.

Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers bring together fourteen experts to examine the varied ways science has been used and abused for nonscientific purposes from the fifteenth century to the present day. Featuring an essay on eugenics from Edward J. Larson and an examination of the progress of evolution by Michael J. Ruse, Biology and Ideology examines uses both benign and sinister, ultimately reminding us that ideological extrapolation continues today. An accessible survey, this collection will enlighten historians of science, their students, practicing scientists, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and culture.

Ronald Numbers (left) and Denis Alexander (right) celebrate the launch of the new book at a party held at Prof. Number¹s house in Madison, USA, on Saturday, May 8th, 2010.

Faraday Papers now in Russian

May 11, 2010

The Faraday Papers are now available in nine different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the

The Faraday Papers are now available in nine different languages for free
down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the languages is Russian,
and Faraday Paper Numbers 3,4,7,12,13,and 15 in Russian have recently
been posted.
 

Jan Boersema radio interview on Easter Island

April 19, 2010

Prof. Jan Boersema, a visiting fellow at St Edmund's, explains something of the history of Easter Island to Radio Cambridgeshire

Prof. Jan Boersema, a visiting fellow at St Edmund's, explains something of the history of Easter Island to Radio Cambridgeshire - listen again here

Faraday Institute collaborates with courses in India

March 18, 2010

FARADAY INSTITUTE COLLABORATES WITH COURSES IN INDIAIn February, the Faraday Institute's Director, Denis Alexander, and Course Director, Rodney Holder, escaped

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FARADAY INSTITUTE COLLABORATES WITH COURSES IN INDIA

In February, the Faraday Institute's Director, Denis Alexander, and Course Director, Rodney Holder, escaped from the cold and snow of Cambridge, to take part in two courses on Science and Religion in India. Both these were organised by alumni from our own Faraday Courses held in Cambridge.

First to Bangalore, where a course entitled 'One Reality - Two Windows' explored how theological and scientific perspectives on reality are complementary, rather than contradictory. This was organised by Dr Paul Joshua, a professor on the faculty of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies and attracted a broad range of scientists and students from the Bangalore area and beyond. Most of the speakers were from the local area, but another visitor from overseas, Richard Hess, Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, spoke on the cultural and linguistic contexts of the early chapters of Genesis. Dr. Alexander and Dr Holder also visited a nearby school, to talk to some very perceptive teenagers on cosmology and biology, fielding questions on black holes and genetics among others.

Next to Delhi, for a course organized by Samuel Vaiphei and Azhoni Krichena entitled 'Breaking Barriers'. Here delegates were mainly graduates from around Delhi, but also included some senior scientists from various Indian Institutes of Science. As in Bangalore, a wide range of lectures explored physical and biological sciences, as well as environmental issues. Environmentalist and theologian, Prof. Ken Gnanakan, a member of one of India's first pop groups in an earlier stage of his career, even brought his guitar and started his lecture strumming along to 'What a wonderful world'!

At both courses the lectures were filmed to generate DVD and other resource materials in the field of science and religion, and two books were prepared for the Course in Delhi in special local editions.



Test of FAITH UK Tour

February 24, 2010

ANSWERING THE NEW ATHEISTS - ARE CHURCH LEADERS READY?'The New Atheists - Dawkins et al - are throwing up questions

ANSWERING THE NEW ATHEISTS - ARE CHURCH LEADERS READY?

'The New Atheists - Dawkins et al - are throwing up questions many church leaders don't feel equipped to answer - particularly questions of science and faith' said Ruth Bancewicz, Director of the Test of FAITH project. 'We are putting on a nationwide tour that will resource, encourage and help pastors, youth workers and leaders of all kinds to answer the questions they face.'

'We are aiming this tour at the church leaders of today and tomorrow - including youth leaders and small group leaders, as well as those involved in evangelism and outreach. The question of whether science and faith are incompatible is not going to go away, and the Church needs to be ready to give an answer. This tour will enable that to happen.'

Although the tour is aimed at church leaders, it is also open to anybody interested in matters relating to science and religion.

The tour starts at the Nazarene College, Manchester, on Monday 22nd February, before visiting St Johns, Durham; the Aberdeen School of Christian Studies; Holy Trinity, St Andrews; LST, Northwood; Trinity College, Bristol; St Johns Nottingham; Cliff College Sheffield; ICC, Glasgow and finally LICC, London.

Full details can be found on www.testoffaith.com

For media enquiries please contact Katie Turnbull kjt39@cam.ac.uk / 01223 740 929 or Clare Redfern cer58@cam.ac.uk / 01223 741276

PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY' - Saturday, March 13th

February 18, 2010

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVALPANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY' Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2010, 2.30 p.m. Mill Lane Lecture Room 3Chair:

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY'

Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2010, 2.30 p.m. Mill Lane Lecture Room 3

Chair: Prof. Robert White FRS [Professor of Geophysics, Cambridge University and Associate Director of the Faraday Institute]

Panel Members:

Prof. R. J. Berry [Emeritus Professor of Genetics, University College London; former President of the British Ecological Society].

Dr Barney Dickson [Head of Programme, Climate Change and Biodiversity, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge].

Dr Hilary Marlow [Lecturer in Old Testament Theology, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University; a Director of the John Ray Initiative and formerly with A Rocha conservation organisation].

Dr. Simon N. Stuart [Chair, Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature].

The poster is available here.

Bangalore Course happening soon - 9-11 February 2010

February 1, 2010

One Reality, Two Windows - Science and Religion in Dialogue is a two day course taking place in Bangalore, India,

One Reality, Two Windows - Science and Religion in Dialogue is a two day course taking place in Bangalore, India, 9-11 February 2010. Speakers include Dr Denis Alexander, Dr Mathew Chandrankunnel, Dr Rajeev Gowda, Prof. Richard Hess, Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Dr John Lourdusamy, Dr J. Srinivasen, Dr Abraham Verghese. For more infomation, see the poster or email Paul Joshua (ceo.centre@saiacs.org).

Delhi Course happening soon - 11 - 15 February 2010

February 1, 2010

Breaking Barriers is a four day course taking place in New Delhi, India, 11 - 15 February 2010. Speakers

Breaking Barriers is a four day course taking place in New Delhi, India, 11 - 15 February 2010. Speakers include Dr Denis Alexander, Dr Ken Gnanakan, Prof. Richard Hess, Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Dr David Koilpillai, Revd Dr Valson Thampu. For more information, please contact Samuel Vaiphei (breakingbarriers2009@gmail.com).