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Short Course no. 24: An Introduction to Science and Religion

Westminster College: March 22-24, 2013

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2013
Deadline for Bursary applications: January 4, 2013

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 top speakers in the field, covering topics such as the historical relationship between science and religion, the philosophical issues surrounding the deployment of science in the new atheist critique of religion, the anthropic principle, evolution, interpretation of the Biblical creation texts, and ethical challenges posed by modern science. There will be plenty of opportunity for interactions with speakers during the periods set aside for questions and discussion.

Further information

An Introduction to Science and Religion Poster

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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

Venue

The course will be held at Westminster College, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Westminster College is housed in an impressive late 19th century grade II listed building situated in two acres of gardens within easy walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated 'Backs' and other University Colleges. It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Westminster College is on the main ring road within easy access off the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking. The College is a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes. Location map for Westminster College.

Course Schedule

Friday March 22
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: An Introduction to Science and Religion
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday March 23
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Bob White FRS: Take ten: the religious beliefs of ten famous scientists
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Anthropic Principle
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Prof. Keith Ward: Science, Religion and the New Atheism
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. John Hedley Brooke: Historical Interactions between Science and Religion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion - Questions and Discussion
9.30 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday March 24
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Keith Fox: Creation and Evolution
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Cherryl Hunt: Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart