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Short Course No. 7: God and Biology

Westminster College: Sept 14-16, 2007

Deadline for applications: August 17, 2007
Deadline for Bursary applications: July 13, 2007

Aim of Course

This short week-end course is for biologists who want to explore the philosophical, theological and ethical implications of biological ideas. We have brought together a group of world experts as speakers and together will be exploring fundamental questions of human existence which arise out of biology, including especially the theory of evolution. We are expecting strong competition to get on this course (as places are limited) and early application is therefore recommended. Applications will only be accepted from those with a significant background in biology, and the nature of that background should be made clear in the 'Reasons for Attending the Course' section of the application form.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The course will be held at Westminster College, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Westminster College is housed in an impressive late 19th century grade II listed building situated in two acres of gardens within easy walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated 'Backs' and other University Colleges. It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Westminster College is on the main ring road within easy access off the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking. The College is a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes. Location map for Westminster College.

Course Schedule

6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
8.00 pmIntroduction
8.15 pmProf. Michael Ruse: Can a Christian be a Darwinian?
9.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.45 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday September 15
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Ronald Numbers: Why is Creationism so Popular in America?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Francis Collins: The Language of God: A Believer Looks at the Human Genome
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Is Biological Evolution Inevitable?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Francis Collins: Bioethical Challenges in the Genome Era
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: The Cambrian Explosion
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.30 pmGala Dinner
9.00 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday September 16
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: Genesis and Evolution
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Jeff Schloss: Does Biology Explain Religion?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Jeff Schloss: Can an evolving creation reflect a good God?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart