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Summer Course 4 - Science and Religion in an Evolving Universe

St Edmund’s College: July 12-18, 2009

Deadline for applications: June 12, 2009
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 15, 2009

Aim of Course

In this one week course a wide range of topics at the science/religion interface will be addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The topics to be covered include historical and philosophical perspectives; the relationships between cosmology and evolutionary biology and religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Sunday July 12
6.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 13: Theme - 'Historical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Hedley Brooke: The Reception of Darwinism
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Roger Trigg: Rationality in Science and Religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Science: the History
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Allan Chapman: Mediaeval Cosmology and the Church
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 14: Theme - 'Historical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion (cont.)'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Lawrence Principe: The Role of Religion in the Emergence of Modern Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Lawrence Principe: Natural Theology: A Historical Perspective
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Science Today
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
5.30 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Theology in a Scientific Context
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 15: Theme - 'The Big Bang and Cosmology'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Paul Shellard: The Anthropic Principle
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Ernan McMullin (deceased): The Anthropic Principle: A Theological Perspective
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Stephen Freeland: An Introduction to the Modern Theory of Evolution
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDr Jennifer Wiseman: Habitable Exoplanets: the Implications for Human Significance
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 16: Theme - 'Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Stephen Freeland: Is there a Biological Anthropic Principle?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Keith Fox: Creation and Evolution
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 17: Theme - 'Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Cherryl Hunt: Ethics, Theology and the Biosciences
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Keith Fox: Genetic Engineering: How Far Should We Go?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. John Wyatt: What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Cherryl Hunt: The Stem Cell Controversy: The Interaction between Genetics, Theology, and Public Policy
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 18
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart