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Short Course No. 18: Science and Religion for Church Leaders

Westminster College: Sept 13-15, 2010

Deadline for applications: August 16, 2010
Deadline for Bursary applications: July 19, 2010

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 understand the foundational Christian doctrines in the light of science, and how are ethical issues raised by science to be handled?

Please note that the list of speakers has changed from that originally published.  Please accept our apologies.

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

Monday September 13
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. John Bryant: The Science-Religion Dialogue in the 21st Century - a Biologist's Perspective
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Tuesday September 14
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Bryant: 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 pmRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: “Imaging the religious brain”: what can brain imaging tell us about religion?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.30 pmGala Dinner
9.00 pm
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday September 15
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr James Hannam: Science and Christianity: A Historical Sketch
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Weaver: A Theological Approach to the Environment and Climate Change
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dave Bookless: Earthing Theology: Caring for Creation in Urban and Rural Contexts
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart