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Summer Course no. 6: Science and Religion in Dialogue in 2011

St Edmund’s College: July 17-23, 2011

Deadline for applications: June 17, 2011
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 13, 2011

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 physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience with religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

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.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

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

Course Schedule

Sunday July 17
6.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 18: Theme - 'Hitorical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Ian Hutchinson: Monopolizing Knowledge: A Refutation of Scientism
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Modern Science
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmFree time
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Allan Chapman: Science, Secularism, and Enlightenment: the historical origins of a modern mythology
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
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 19: Theme - 'Physics and Faith'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Ian Hutchinson: Physics and Faith
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Tim O'Connor: Cosmic Fine Tuning: Discerning Purpose at the Limits of Science
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Modern Technologies
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Ted Peters: Astro-Ethics and the Search for Life
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 20: Theme - 'Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Keith Fox: Creation and Evolution
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr David Lahti: Is Human Behaviour in the Genes?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour II: The Darwin Papers?
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr David Lahti: Has Religion Evolved?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
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 21: Theme - 'The Brain'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Peter Clarke (deceased): The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Tim O'Connor: Free Will and the Scientific Study of the Mind: Oil and Water?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Marc Cortez: Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
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 22: Theme - 'Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Ted Peters: Can We Enhance the Imago Dei? A Theological Assessment of Genetic Alteration, Nanotechnology, and Transhumanism
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Michael Murray, Prof. Jeff Schloss: Animal Suffering: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
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 Dave Bookless: Earthing Theology: Caring for Creation in Urban and Rural Contexts
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 23
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart