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Short Course No. 17: Science and Religion in Schools

Westminster College: March 26-28, 2010

Deadline for applications: February 26, 2010
Deadline for Bursary applications: January 29, 2010

Aim of Course

This short weekend course is for busy teachers, whether in the sciences, philosophy or religious studies. It will give informed input by highly qualified experts on some of the latest thinking in the science-religion area, give information about resources available to teachers, as well as tackle some of the thorny issues arising in the classroom.

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

Friday March 26
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. John Bryant: Science and Religion: An Overview
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday March 27
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProjects Session
12.20 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Denis Alexander: Does Evolution Have any Theological Significance?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmMr David Allard: Perspectives on Science: A New Venture in History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science in Post-16 Education
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. John Bryant: Current Ethical Challenges in the Biosciences
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday March 28
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Bob White FRS: Why Care for the Environment?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amMr David Allard: The Truth about Truth: Realism and Relativism. A Workshop in Exploring Philosophical Ideas in the Classroom
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Theology in the Context of Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart