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Short Course no. 12: Science and Religion for Church Leaders

St Edmund's College, Cambridge: Nov 4-6, 2008

Deadline for applications: October 17, 2008
Deadline for Bursary applications: September 5, 2008

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?

The course will take place in the Garden Room at St Edmund's College with accommodation provided in nearby Colleges. More information will be provided on request.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The course will be held in the Garden Room of St Edmund's College.

Course Schedule

Tuesday November 4
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS: Miracles
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Wednesday November 5
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Allan Chapman: Science and Religion in Conflict: The Historical Origins of a Modern Myth
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Universe in Trinitarian Perspective
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pm(Optional) Service of Holy Communion in St Edmund's College Chapel
1.15 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Richard Hess: God and Origins: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Darrel Falk: Human Evolution
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. John Bryant: Genes - Make-up, Manipulation and Movement
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.30 pmGala Dinner
9.00 pmPanel Discussion with 5 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday November 6
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Bryant: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Cloning
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Darrel Falk: Creationism and Intelligent Design
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart