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Summer Course No. 1 - Unit 2: Science, Philosophy and Theology

St Edmund’s College: July 23-29, 2006

Deadline for applications: June 16, 2006
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 19, 2006

Aim of Course

This course is divided into 2 weeks, and applicants can apply for either week or both. The first week is especially for scientists and looks at some of the big questions in the science/religion debate. Some of the topics covered in the first short course are now treated in a more detail with focussed days on the anthropic principle, evolution, mind/brain, how science and religion may relate, and ethical issues in the application of science. The second week focuses more in depth on the history and philosophy of science/religion, for example including how knowledge in each sphere is justified, and how God might act in a world described by scientific laws.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

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Venue

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

Course Schedule

Sunday July 23
5.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 24: Theme - 'History of the Relationship Between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. David Lindberg: The Mediaeval Church Encounters the Classical Tradition: St Augustine and Roger Bacon
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. David Lindberg: The Florentine Heretic? Galileo, the Church, and the Cosmos
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Peter Harrison: The Religious Origins of Modern Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Peter Harrison: The Role of the Bible in the Emergence of Science
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Michael Roberts: From Darwin to Scopes
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 25: Theme - 'History of the Relationship between Science and Religion (continued)'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Ernan McMullin (deceased): Theologies of Nature
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Roger Trigg: The Rationality of Science
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Denis Alexander: Truth Telling in the Practice of Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Mikael Stenmark: The Fallacy of Scientism as a Worldview
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Roger Trigg: Does Religious Belief Need Justification?
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 5 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 26: Theme - 'The Justification of Scientific and Religious Knowledge (continued)'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Mikael Stenmark: Models For Relating Science and Religion
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Natural Theology
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Roger Trigg: Science, Faith and Postmodernism
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour II: The Darwin Papers?
7.30 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
Thursday July 27: Theme - 'God’s Interaction with the World'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Divine Action
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Nicholas Saunders: Divine Action and Modern Science
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Ard Louis: Divine Action and the Origin of Life
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Stuart Judge: Divine Action and the Brain
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. R.J. Berry: God: Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 5 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 28: Theme - 'Science, Religion, and Evil'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amSubrata Chattopadhyay: An Eastern Perspective on Science, Religion and Evil
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Margot Hodson: Human Responsibility for the Environment in a Fallen World
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Creation: Time and Evil
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pm
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.30 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 29
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart