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Short Course No. 8: Science and Religion for Church Leaders

Murray Edwards College: Nov 6-8, 2007

Deadline for applications: October 16, 2007
Deadline for Bursary applications: September 4, 2007

Aim of Course

This course aims to equip church leaders and those training for ministry to answer some of the questions about science and religion which they might well face during the course of their ministry. Are science and religion in conflict? How does one interpret the early chapters of Genesis?How do we understandthe foundational Christian doctrines in the light of science,and how are ethical issues raised by science to be handled?

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The conference will be held in Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF.

Murray Edwards (formerly New Hall), a modern and friendly college for women, provides excellent conference facilities with good access. The college is set in 11 acres of wooded grounds with informal lawns and gardens. 

You can find more information about Murray Edwards here.

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Course Schedule

Tuesday November 6
5.30 pmProf. George F. R. Ellis: The CiS-Faraday Lecture: The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation and God
8.00 pmDinner
8.45 pmIntroduction
9.00 pmProf. Sir Brian Heap: Being a Christian in Science
10.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
10.30 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday November 7
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRt Revd James Jones: Jesus and the Earth
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: God and the Big Bang
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Bob White FRS: Global Warming - A Christian Response
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Denis Alexander: Does Evolution Have Any Religious Implications?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDr Gordon Wenham: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.30 pmGala Dinner
9.00 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday November 8
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Allan Chapman: Why do Scientific Writers Sometimes React Irrationally when Faced with Religion? An Historical Survey from the Reformation to Reductionism
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Bryant: Genes - Make-up, Manipulation and Movement
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. John Bryant: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Cloning
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart