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Short Course in Belfast: An Introduction to Science and Religion

Union Theological College: June 24-26, 2011

Aim of Course

This short weekend course is for busy people who would like to obtain a broad introductory overview of the science-religion debate from leading spcialists in the field, covering topics such as the 'conflict model' of the science-faith relationship, how the debate is perceived in the media, how religious beliefs might be justified in the light of science, and the issue of miracles. The impact of particular sciences such as modern cosmology and neuroscience on faith will also be addressed, as will 'animal theology'. There will be plenty of opportunity for interactions with speakers during the periods set aside for questions and discussion.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The Course will be held at Union Theological College, Belfast.

Course Schedule

Friday June 24
6.00 pmRegistration
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. David Livingstone: The Demise of the Conflict Model in Science and Religion?
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmGetting to Know You
Saturday June 25
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr William Crawley: A Media Perspective on Science-Religion Issues
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Science and the Justification of Religious Belief
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmFree time
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Tom Millar: Multiple Universes, One Faith?
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Stephen Williams, Prof. David Livingstone: Recollecting Ernan McMullin: Historian, Philosopher, Friend
6.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmGala Dinner
9.00 pmSpeakers Panel - Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmFurther Discussion
Sunday June 26
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Stephen Williams: The Day the Sun Stood Still: Biblical Miracles and Modern Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Dame Ingrid Allen: The Neuroscience Correlates of Religious Faith and Practice
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDepart