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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 27 - April 2008


 One of the aims of the Faraday Institute is to stimulate multidisciplinary interactions relating to science and religion, and we are keen to develop such interactions further in the context of the arts. Last month we reported the hosting of the dramatisation of the Darwin-Gray correspondence. This month the Director is involved in a collaboration with Simeon Nelson (www.simeon-nelson.com), Reader in Sculpture at the University of Hertfordshire, who will be opening an exhibition this month entitled ‘Cryptosphere’, his response to the map collection of the Royal Geographical Society where he was inaugural artist in residence:
Exhibition dates: 7 April – 9 May (open Mon – Fri, 10am-5pm)
Place: Royal Geographical Society Exhibition Pavilion, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AR (http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm).
The Director has contributed a Chapter entitled ‘Art, Science and Flatland’ to the book accompanying the exhibition, and the text of the chapter and further details may be found in our Issues Folder at www.faraday-institute.org.

 The Institute is putting on a special programme of events in London on the public understanding of science and religion on Saturday 10th May 2008:
Afternoon Location: University College London (LT1 Cruciform Lecture Theatre)
[nearest Northern Line Tube stations are Warren Street/Euston Square]

2.30 p.m. - Prof. Bob White FRS: A Christian Response to Global Warming
4.00 p.m. - Prof. Alister McGrath: Building Bridges Between Science and Faith
 The free afternoon lectures are partnered with two free children's workshops (which start 10 mins prior to the adult lectures), so why not make it a family day out? See the Faraday web-site home-page for further details.
Evening Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University, Northampton Square, London
[Nearest Tube Station: Angel, Northern Line]
Buffet: 6.30 p.m.
Lecture: 7.30 p.m. Prof. Alister McGrath: The Dawkins Delusion: Has Science Killed Off God?
This is a ticketed event (£10) and tickets can be purchased from: www.pentecostfestival.co.uk/science.

 Back in Cambridge we are looking forward to a busy term of activities. For those living in the Cambridge area (or who want to make a note to listen later on-line or on their iPod via the RSS feed), the new Faraday Research Seminar series is already posted on our web-site (www.faraday-institute.org).  The first Seminar of the series will be given by Prof. Ted Davis on 29 April at 1.00 p.m. in the Garden Seminar Room at St. Edmund’s College on the subject ‘Science and Religion in the Life of Robert Boyle’.

 An event not to be missed for those living in the Cambridge area is next term’s CiS – Faraday Lecture on Thursday 5th June at 5.30 p.m. in the Queen’s Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College, which this time will take the form of a discussion between Prof. Richard Swinburne [Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford] and Prof. Colin Howson [Professor of the Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics] on the topic ‘Simplicity and Complexity – God, Science and Dawkins’. Interlocutors will include Prof. Michael Welker [Professor of Theology, Heidelberg University] and Dr Patrick Richmond [previously Chaplain at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge]. The discussion will centre on the question raised by Richard Dawkins in his book ‘The God Delusion’: "Does postulating God as cause and sustainer of the universe provide a simple explanation for the existence of a complex universe?"

The Faraday Institute Course on ‘Science, Religion and the Environment’ over the weekend 27-29 June is filling up fast, so do register soon if you are hoping to come. There is an excellent line-up of speakers, including Prof. Sir John Houghton FRS, Dr Marie Connett Porceddu, Prof. Calvin DeWitt, Prof. Richard Bauckham, Prof. Douglas Moo and Dr René Padilla. Bookings are also in progress for the day conference on 25th June in Cambridge on ‘The Root Causes of Unsustainability’ that the John Ray Initiative and the Faraday Institute are running jointly.  Spaces are limited and many speakers at the week-end Faraday Course will be speaking on that day as well, so you are advised to make a (free) reservation as soon as possible: details can be downloaded with a flyer from www.jri.org.uk/news/Unsustainability_leaflet.pdf.

Denis Alexander     Bob White
 [Director, Faraday Institute]   [Associate Director]