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Research seminars

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmundís College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Easter term

The search for meaning amidst cosmic annihilation, transhumanism and the last judgement

Dr Michael Burdett

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Abstract

Present far-future scientific speculations about the fate of the cosmos remain bleak. While the ‘Big Bounce’ and ‘Big Crunch’ seem worse news for humanity than the more acceptable ‘super-cooled universe’ none is particularly hospitable to present terrestrial life and future human development. How do Christian and transhumanist visions of the far future maintain hope in spite of cosmic annihilation? This presentation argues, first, that Christian hope must persist despite cosmic annihilation because every future is an interpersonal future. The last judgement is not only hopeful because it is the moment of divine redemption, but also because the one who faces us is both advocate and the entrance to glorious life with God. Second, despite the Christian and transhumanist future sharing a common desire for ultimate meaning in the image of ‘someone facing us’, these images ultimately diverge from one another.  I argue that the Christian image can safeguard the virtues that makeup the interpersonal—faith, trust, love etc— while the transhumanist vision alone cannot for it depends upon an inadequate anthropology and metaphysic.

Science and Miracles: Perspectives from Christianity and Islam

Dr Hilary Marlow, Dr Caroline Tee

Tuesday May 15, 2018

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

Faith and neuroscience: friend or foe

Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles

Tuesday May 29, 2018

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge
CB3 0BN


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