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Faraday Institute Short Course no. 21: Science, Religion and Atheism

Murray Edwards College: March 30 - April 1, 2012

Deadline for applications: March 2, 2012
Deadline for Bursary applications: January 20, 2012

Aim of Course

The aim of this course is to address questions such as 'Does the science-religion discussion look any different if the narrators are atheists or theists?'. Thus, rather than holding a debate on the existence of God, we shall be addressing these topics: 'Does the history of science and religion change depending on the narrator?';'How do the philosophy of science and philosophy of religion look from atheist and theistic perspectives?'; 'Does the evolutionary narrative, or the fine-tuning of the universe, tend to support atheism or theism?' We have invited a balanced mix of atheists or agnostics and theists to speak at the course.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The conference will be held in Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF.

Murray Edwards (formerly New Hall), a modern and friendly college for women, provides excellent conference facilities with good access. The college is set in 11 acres of wooded grounds with informal lawns and gardens. 

You can find more information about Murray Edwards here.

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Course Schedule

Friday March 30
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.00 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. Michael Ruse: A Plague on Both Your Houses
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday March 31
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Mark Vernon: An agnostic's perspective on the philosophy of science and religion
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Prof. Keith Ward: A theist's perspective on the philosophy of science and religion
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Stephen Law: Is the Universe Designed? - an atheistís view
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed? - a theistís view
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers Ė Questions and Discussion
9.30 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday April 1
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Fern Elsdon-Baker: Does the evolutionary narrative tend to support atheism?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Does the evolutionary narrative tend to support theism?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Bernard Lightman: Does the history of Science and Religion change depending on the narrator? An Atheist's and Agnostic's View
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Allan Chapman: Does the History of Science and Religion Change Depending on the Narrator? A Theist's View
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmDepart