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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 137 - August 2017

Summer 2017 Newsletter No. 137
 
Cambridge Perspectives on Science and Religion – Summer Course 12 – 2-7 July
Participants from around the world enjoyed 5 days of input from Cambridge academics as well as groupwork, outings, great food and lots of fun. This year an array of big questions were covered: Does science tell us all we need to know about the world? What philosophical and theological questions does scientific progress raise? How have science and religion interacted in the past and how do they do so today? What are the ethical issues arising from new scientific and technological discoveries? One participant fed back that in more than 15 years of teaching and research they had not met a single scientist who would even loosely connect science and religion, and although they were deeply convinced that these two are closely connected, it was the first time that the two disciplines had been publicly brought together!  This year we were delighted to have 11 multi-disciplinary students with us (graduates and post graduates) from several countries, kindly sponsored by Christians in Science.  Their eagerness to learn and engage was an enormous asset to the programme and their youthfulness was also appreciated. They all learned lots and were challenged in ways which will help their future careers and lives. A huge thanks to all who participated and gave so much to the week.

Photo:  A group photo of some of the participants and speakers at the course. 
Can't make our events in person, don't worry, all of our seminars, talks, lectures and public festivals are available on the Multimedia part of our website. We have over 600 talks for you to watch or listen to at your convenience. 
Dr Jonathan Moo (Visiting Scholar)
As one of the earliest Faraday Research Associates, hired not long after the founding of the Faraday Institute, it was an immense privilege to return this past year for my sabbatical from Whitworth University. Faraday has always been a wonderfully stimulating environment in which to do academic work, but I had not anticipated just how much fun it would be to join what has become a much larger, diverse community of first-rate scholars and support staff working on a wide range of fascinating projects in science and religion. The warm hospitality I received from Faraday and St Edmund's and the engaging interdisciplinary conversations and debates that shape the Institute’s life made this sabbatical year an absolute delight, both academically and personally. In addition to giving some lectures and doing a bit of teaching on a couple of Faraday courses, the focus of my research was on finishing a biblical theology of creation care (coauthored with my father, Douglas Moo) and on starting a new project on the role of limits in environmental philosophy, science and technology, and theology. What began as a ‘theology of limits’, however, has become a ‘theology of belonging’, as limits finally only make sense in a context of belonging – to our bodies, to each other, to the land, and even to God. The themes of belonging and love seemed especially appropriate in the context of the Faraday Institute this year. I am deeply grateful for the Institute and look forward to the fruit of its ongoing work as it continues to grow and evolve. With thanks.
Jonathan Moo, Associate Professor of New Testament and Environmental Studies Whitworth, University Spokane, Washington, USA 
Research Seminar Series 
 
Seminars for the Michaelmas term will start again on the 10th October.

10 October TBC

24 October
Mathematics and the Beauty of God
Prof. David Watts (University of Manchester)
 
7 November
Gravity, black holes and ultimate reality
Prof. Christine Done 
(University of Durham)

21 November
Ritual, Community and Conflict
Prof. Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford University)

Our seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays during term in St Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.
Courses

Course in Croatia
Science & Religion

Dalmation Coast
28 August – 2 September


Day Course in Newcastle
Science & Christian Faith: Tracking modern challenges together.
11 November

Day Course Cambridge
Physics and Faith: Exploring the Interface
25 November
Public Lecture

9 October
Prof. Fritz Shaefer 'Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?'
McCrum Lecture Theatre 5:30-7:00
 
Our termly lectures are free of charge and there is no need to book. They are followed by a free drinks reception and an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker
Workshops

Professional Workshop for church leaders
Science and Faith in the Local Church
Cambridge
10-11 January 2018
Click here to read the latest blog from Science and Belief: "Consider the ant - the story of insects in science and theology."
Seven weeks as visiting scholar at The Faraday Institute’s home

I have sojourned this summer for seven weeks at St Edmund’s College. For a researcher in science and religion, university professor, and catholic priest, it is difficult to find a better place and a better moment. Of course, one cherishes the quiet atmosphere of St Edmund’s in order to write papers and new book projects, but one could do the same thing, in a closed room with good Internet connection, almost anywhere. It is indeed very different writing articles and thinking about science and religion when one can benefit from St Edmund’s chapel on a daily basis, attend evensong at King’s College, go for a run along the Cam River or have beer and dinner with new friends at the Eagle pub. But, most importantly in my case, I had the opportunity to participate in the Faraday summer course, share weekly meetings with Faraday team members and I even gave them a short seminar about my current research. Science and religion means interdisciplinary work, dialogue, and friendship. All of which will be found at The Faraday Institute. Thanks for having me.

Fr. Javier Sánchez-Cañizares-CRYF group and ICS at University of Navarra, Spain
Overseas Course Updates

Visit to Yust, China

From 4-8 June a group of Faraday speakers comprising Denis Alexander, David Bookless and John Wyatt spoke at a conference at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology [YUST] in the city of Yanji, China, on the subject ‘The Future of Humanity’. A further speaker was Prof. Sang Eun Park, Chair of the National Bioethics Committee and President of the SAM Medical Center in South Korea. YUST is unique in China being a private university with the teaching carried out in English, and was founded 25 years ago by Prof. James Chin-Kyung Kim, who remains its President.  Lectures were held over several days to fit with the University schedule with up to 400 students attending for the evening sessions. Topics ranged from the history of science to medical ethics to robotics and artificial intelligence. There was huge enthusiasm amongst the student body for this lecture series as it is rare in that province of North China to receive a delegation from Cambridge.

French Course Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World
(25 June – 1 July)
Les Courmettes, Tourettes sur Loup, France

At the end of June The Faraday Institute and A Rocha France, combined teaching on science and Christian theology with practical exploration of the natural world in the 600 hectare estate of Les Courmettes, in the foothills of the Alps north of Cannes. Drs Chris Walley, Jonathan Moo and Hilary Marlow, covered a wide sweep of scientific and theological topics as well as afternoon expeditions and fieldwork. 
Upcoming External Events
 
Greenbelt Festival 25-28 August, Kettering
Come and find out more about the Faraday Institute and talk to some of our researchers in the “Take-Away” section of this year’s Greenbelt Festival.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas 16- 29 October
This year we will host the following two events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

18 October “How do we know what we know?”
An interactive afternoon full of activities for school groups and young people aged 14-18. Explore what science and religious faith say about the world and how they interact: with a science magician, expert panel and hands-on experiments.

25 October “Why are we here?” 
The screening of an episode of the new four-part series in which Oxford physicist Ard Louis (a believer) and filmmaker David Malone (a non-believer) are on a quest to try to restore meaning, morality, and maybe even God to questions about why we are here. On their journey, they engage some of the world’s greatest scientists and philosophers. This will be followed by a panel with Ard Louis, David Malone and other specialists. 

Bookings for the Festival of Ideas open in October.


Reception for Christians in the Cambridge Scientific Community

Monday 20 November 2017
The Faraday Institute will hold the sixth annual reception on Monday 20 November 2017 starting from 6.00 p.m. in Emmanuel United Reformed Church. The invitation is for all in the Cambridge area who self-identify as scientists (from graduate students to FRSs and Nobel prize-winners) and who also self-identify as Christians.
Save this date and watch this space to find out what we have in store.