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Short Course 29: Science and Religion in the local church

Garden Room, Library Building: Jan 7-9, 2015

Deadline for applications: December 7, 2014
Deadline for Bursary applications: November 9, 2014

Aim of Course

This course aims to introduce delegates to a wide range of science and religion issues, with a particular focus on their relevance in the context of the local church.  The course forms one of the ‘January Intensives’ for students of the Cambridge Theological Federation, but a limited number of additional places are available for church leaders (lay or ordained) and theological students from outside Cambridge. Topics to be covered include: evolution and creation; God and cosmology; neuroscience and personhood, Christian responses to environmental issues. Scientific and theological background will be given, plus practical and pastoral application and examples of imaginative church resources.  There will be plenty of opportunity for group work and discussion. Lectures will be in the Garden Room, St Edmund's College, with lunches at nearby 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

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

Venue

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Course Schedule

Wednesday January 7
9.15 amWelcome/Introduction
9.30 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue
10.15 amGroup discussion and questions
11.00 amCoffee Break
11.30 amRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
12.15 pmGroup discussion and questions
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Mind, Brain and the Search for God
2.45 pmGroup discussion and questions
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmAny Questions?
4.30 pmFinish for the Day
Thursday January 8
9.15 amDr Hilary Marlow: Who Are We? Biblical and theological perspectives on what it means to be human
10.00 amGroup discussion and questions
10.45 amCoffee Break
11.15 amDr Hilary Marlow: The Bible, Creation and Science
12.00 pmGroup discussion and questions
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Ruth Bancewicz: Worshipping God with Science
2.45 pmGroup discussion and questions
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmAny Questions?
4.30 pmFinish for the Day
Friday January 9
9.15 amDr Ruth Valerio: Care for Creation - why bother?
10.00 amGroup discussion and questions
10.45 amCoffee Break
11.15 amProf. Keith Fox: Creation or Evolution - do we have to choose?
12.00 pmGroup discussion and questions
1.00 pmLunch