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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 69 - October 2011

As a new academic year starts, so also do the Faraday Seminars. On Tuesday, 18th October Prof. Richard Bell from the University of Nottingham will speak about 'Mind and Matter: The World as "Representation" in Quantum Theory' and on 1st November Dr Meric Srokosz from the University of Southampton will talk on ‘Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: The Earth's story and God's story’. The seminars are held at 1.0 p.m. in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. No booking required.

The seminars for the rest of term are as usual listed on the Faraday web site.

At the end of September the Faraday Institute, in collaboration with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, held a major residential conference, ‘Sustainability in Crisis’. Over a hundred people gathered in Cambridge to discuss problems in environmental issues, climate change, resources, economics, their complex interrelations, and the role of faith groups in promoting action. It was followed by a public lecture by Bill McKibben of 350.org. Feedback indicates that our goals of informing about the issues, inspiring action, and catalysing new partnerships to promote action have all been achieved, and we are looking at ways to carry these through in future months. As always, all the lectures will be available for free download from the Faraday Institute web site as soon as they have been edited and uploaded so that you can catch up with the discussion wherever you are.

The Test of Faith US tour with Dr Ruth Bancewicz is underway, with events in Boston, Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Diego. Details can be found at www.testoffaith.com/events/us-tour.aspx. A UK Test of Faith event will be held at St Olave¹s Church, City of London at 6pm on Wednesday 26th October, with speaker Dr Ard Louis (details from www.testoffaith.com).

The Director and Associate Director both gave talks in September at a Faraday Course carried out in collaboration with Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Course was well attended by a broad range of delegates from across New Zealand. The Director also spoke to 120 members of a Baptist Church in Kuala Lumpar in an extended interview and question-and-answer session on science and faith. 

In October the Director and Course Director, together with Professor Ross McKenzie, Professorial Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, will be teaching a course entitled 'Science, Religion and Apologetics' to postgraduate theology students at the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore, India. They will then lead a day seminar on science and religion at SAIACS for a broader group including scientists. Following this they will speak at an International Lecture Course on Science and Religious Beliefs, sponsored by the Faraday Institute in collaboration with the Mar Thoma Higher Education Commission in Cochin, Kerala.

The Uses and Abuses of Biology Grants Programme has now been launched with an extensive advertising campaign, leading to a good number of hits on the dedicated Programme web-site at www.uabgrants.org where full details can be found. The aim of the interdisciplinary Programme is to investigate contemporary non-scientific uses and abuses of biological thought (beneficial, benign or negative) in the domains of philosophy, the social sciences, the media, religion and politics. The dead-line for preliminary applications is 31st October.


Denis Alexander   Bob White
[Director]    [Associate Director]