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Short Course No 3: Science and Religion for Church Leaders

Wolfson College: Nov 7-9, 2006

Deadline for applications: November 7, 2006
Deadline for Bursary applications: September 8, 2006

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? What do science and religion say about the human person and how are ethical issues raised by science to be handled?

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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The course will be held in Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BB.

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Course Schedule

Tuesday November 7
4.00 pmArrival
5.30 pmDr Graeme Finlay: Human Genetics and the Image of God
7.00 pmRegistration (cont.)
7.30 pmDinner
8.00 pmProf. John Bryant: Science and Religion An Overview
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Wednesday November 8
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Graeme Finlay: Genesis and Phylogenesis
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Gordon Wenham: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Margot Hodson: Balancing Human and Environmental Concerns: A Contextual Theology for the Twenty First Century
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS: Astronomy and the Date of the Crucifixion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. John Bryant: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion - Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday November 9
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Bill Newsome: Faith in an Age of Science: the Challenge of the Neurosciences
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Universe in a Trinitarian Perspective
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Is Destiny Beyond Death Credible?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmConcluding Remarks
4.30 pmDepart