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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.

Lent term

Science and religion: The context for debate

Prof. Grace Davie

Tuesday January 23, 2018

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

Abstract

In this presentation Professor Grace Davie will argue that, in order to be properly understood, the debate between (social) science and religion has to be seen in the context in which it takes place. 

To develop this approach, she will look first at the current European context underlining an increasingly evident paradox:  at one and the same time, Europe is becoming markedly more secular, but Europeans talk more about religion in public life that they used to.  The consequences of this situation for both academic and popular debate will be spelled out in a series of examples.

In the second part of the paper, one of these examples will be developed in more detail: it concerns a global project on ‘social progress’ and the place of religion in this.  More information about this project: ’The International Panel on Social Progress’ can be found on: https://www.ipsp.org/

 

Conceptions of Sin and the Nature of Social Life: Anthropology and the Theology of Atonement

Prof. Joel Robbins

Tuesday February 6, 2018

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

Resisting blind chance and 'senseless' cosmos: Historical perspectives on science, ethics and nature

Dr Louise Hickman

Tuesday February 20, 2018

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

The Search For Meaning Amidst Cosmic Annihilation, Transhumanism and the Last Judgement

Dr Michael Burdett

Tuesday March 6, 2018

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


Further information about the Speakers may be obtained by clicking on the speaker's name above.