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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 88 - May 2013

1  Faraday Seminars
2  Faraday Lecture
3  Summer course 2013
4  Overseas courses
5  Southampton one day course
6  Staff activities
7  Staff activities
8  Staff activities
9  The Isaac Newton Guide
10  Lemaître book
11  Smartphone app

1. The first seminar of the Easter Term was a talk entitled ‘Emergence, Top Down Causation and Reductionism’ by Templeton Prize Laureate Professor George Ellis FRS, from the University of Cape Town. The talk was well attended and was followed by a stimulating question and answer session. The next seminar will be on ‘Does Cognitive Psychology Subvert Religious Belief’ by Prof James Jones, Distinguished Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, at 13.00 on Tuesday 14th May in the Garden Seminar Room at St. Edmund’s College []. As usual the seminar will be preceded by a free buffet lunch from 12.30 p.m.

2. This term’s Faraday Public lecture will be given by Faraday Emeritus Director, Dr Denis Alexander, on ‘Genes, Determinism and God’ at 5.30p.m. on Thursday 6th June in the Queen’s Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College. The lecture will highlight the main themes of Dr Alexander’s Gifford Lectures given recently under the same title at St. Andrews University.

3. Information about The Faraday Institute Summer Course 2013, entitled ‘Science and Religion – Two Paths to Truth?’ is available on the web. This course is open for applications and will take place in Cambridge 7-13 July 2013. See for details. Bursaries are available for those from low-income countries and, thanks to the St Gabriel's Trust, for those training to teach RE – see the website for more details.

4. In the next two months three overseas courses will take place, co-sponsored by The Faraday Institute in collaboration with local institutions abroad. In May, Dr Denis Alexander (Emeritus Director) and Revd Dr Rodney Holder (former Course Director) and Dr Hilary Marlow (Course Director) will travel to Central America to speak at courses in Mexico (May 13th-14th) and Guatemala (May 16th-19th). In June, Dr Holder, along with Dr Hilary Marlow (Course Director), will participate in a Science and Religion Conference in St Petersburg, Russia, hosted by the St Petersburg School of Religion and Philosophy (June 27th-30th).  Further details of all these courses can be found on the website:

5. Looking further ahead, a one-day course entitled ‘Science and Faith: An introduction” is planned for Saturday 30th November in Southampton. Further details will follow in future newsletters and appear on the Faraday website.

6. In April the Director, Bob White, gave a talk to a full house in Penhow on ‘Are Natural Disasters Acts of God?’ and Course Director Hilary Marlow spoke on Ecology and Worship at the St Ives Group of Churches and on the topic ‘What has Faith to do with the Environment?’ at the Graduate Christian Union in Oxford. In addition, Ruth Bancewicz gave a talk on ‘Weaving the Rainbow: Beauty, Wonder and the Human Experience of Science’ to the Science and Faith in Norfolk group.

7. During the past month, Dr Alexander spoke at Christ Church, Woking, and at the University of Sheffield, on the subject of evolution, took part in a panel discussion in Durham as part of a workshop on science and religion for church leaders, spoke at a church leaders’ conference hosted by Premier Christian Radio in London on the topic ‘Why should church leaders be interested in science and faith?’, and gave two lectures at a Jubilee Centre Conference for graduates held in Cambridge.

8. Dr Diana Beech gave a paper entitled ‘The relevance of spiritual values to Europe’s new research Renaissance’ at the ‘Religion and the Idea of a University’ conference, held at the University of Cambridge from 3th-5th April. From 13th-14th April Dr Beech also spoke on the importance of value-driven collaborations in Europe at a European Science Foundation colloquium on ‘Higher Education and Society: Implications and Effects’, held at University College Dublin, Ireland.

9. Copies of the The Isaac Newton Guide Book (including a DVD of the play Let Newton Be!), recently published by The Faraday Institute, are now available. These can be purchased via the Faraday online shop []. The RRP is £25 but it is available via the Faraday shop for the discounted price of £15. Orders need to specify whether you need a PAL (Europe) or NTSC (North America) format DVD. A promotional brochure can be downloaded from:
Lavishly illustrated in colour with 83 photographs, this book is a ‘must-buy’ for anyone interested in the life and thought of Sir Isaac Newton.

10. Copies of Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, edited by Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society/Springer), are now available from the Faraday online shop []. The book examines the historical, cosmological and theological issues surrounding the development of the Big Bang theory from the pioneering work of Lemaître up to the present day. A promotional flyer can be downloaded from:

11. Finally, don’t forget to download The Faraday Institute’s new smartphone app.
The Android platform app can be found in the Google Play store at:
The iPhone app can be found in iTunes online at:

Bob White Meric Srokosz
[Director] [Associate Director]