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Short Course No. 20: An Introduction to Science and Religion

St Edmund's College, Cambridge: Jan 11-13, 2012

Deadline for applications: December 9, 2011
Deadline for Bursary applications: November 11, 2011

Aim of Course

This course is intended primarily for students of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. However, applications are welcome for up to 10 further places for similar delegates from outside Cambridge. The course aims to introduce various aspects of the science-religion dialogue, including evolution, cosmology and neuroscience as well as anthropogenic climate change and the ways in which we might respond to that as future church leaders. Scientific and theological background will be given, plus practical application and illustration of imaginative church-based schemes.  Lectures will be in the Garden Room, St Edmund's College, with lunches nearby at Westminster College. Accommodation for those from outside Cambridge will be provided in one of these Colleges or a suitable alternative.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The course will be held in the Garden Room of St Edmund's College.

Course Schedule

Wednesday January 11
9.30 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue
10.30 amQuestions and Discussion
11.00 amCoffee Break
11.30 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
12.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Denis Alexander: Does Evolution Have Theological Significance?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmGroup Discussion
4.30 pmFinish for the Day
Thursday January 12
9.30 amRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
10.30 amQuestions and Discussion
11.00 amCoffee Break
11.30 amDr Ruth Bancewicz: Test of Faith: A Course for Churches
12.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Handling Questions on Science and Religion in the Parish
2.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmGroup Discussion
Friday January 13
9.30 amDr Hilary Marlow: Theology of Creation: The Foundation for Environmental Concern
10.20 amQuestions and Discussion
10.45 amCoffee Break
11.15 amRevd Dave Bookless: Resourcing the Church: Bringing Creation Care to the Local Church
12.05 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmGroup Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDepart