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Faraday Institute Summer Course No 10: Science or Religion: Do We Have to Choose?

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: July 5-10, 2015

Deadline for applications: June 5, 2015
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 5, 2015

Aim of Course

The annual Faraday Summer Course is the highlight of our year and provides the opportunity to grapple with a wide range of issues in the science and religion debate. Lectures will be delivered by a team of international speakers including Prof Alister McGrath, Prof Simon Conway Morris, Dr Barbara Drossel, Dr Erin Joakim, Prof Peter Clarke, Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Dr Jamie Aten, Dr Michael Burdett. In addition there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and group discussion as well as informal interaction with speakers. The following topics will be covered in the course:  historical and philosophical perspectives on science and religion; the relationship between religious belief and different scientific disciplines, including physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience; and some of the ethical issues raised by science. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit some sites associated with Cambridge’s scientific heritage.

 


 

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The course will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of 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 Lucy Cavendish College.

Course Schedule

Sunday July 5
6.00 pmArrival and Registration
8.00 pmWelcome/Introduction
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 6
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amProf. Alister McGrath: Science or religion: Do we have to choose?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
11.00 amProf. Peter Harrison: Religious Origins of Modern Science
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmProf. Alister McGrath: Theological and philosophical responses to new atheism
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.45 pmTea Break
3.15 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: Science and the Bible: Genesis 1
4.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
5.30 pmMeet the Speaker
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmDr Matt Pritchard: Science Magic
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 7
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Nicholas Ray: The science of global environmental changes
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amProf. Dr Barbara Drossel: The laws of physics and Godís action
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.00 pmLunch
1.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmRevd Prof David Wilkinson: Is the universe designed?
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.15 pmRevd Prof David Wilkinson: Extra-terrestial Intelligence:Scientific and theological issues
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
6.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmMeet the Speaker
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 8
9.00 amRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: Science and the Bible: Genesis 2-3
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amDr Nicholas Ray: Genetics and human evolution
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.00 pmLunch
1.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmProf. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Convergence and complexity in evolution
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.15 pmDr Christopher Southgate: Theological issues arising from evolution
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
6.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmMeet the Speaker
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
9.30 pmPoetry Reading - Chris Southgate
Thursday July 9
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Emily Reed Burdett: The science of children's belief in God and the supernatural
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amDr Michael Burdett: Human enhancement: ethical and theological issues
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time
3.00 pmDr Daniel De Haan: Freeing the Will from Neuro-Scientism
3.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.30 pmTea Break
5.00 pmSmall Group Discussion
5.30 pmMeet the Speaker
7.00 pmReception and Gala Dinner
Friday July 10
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Erin Joakim: Faith under pressure: Religious responses to disasters
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amDr Jamie Aten: The psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmProf. John Wyatt: Ethical issues at the beginning and end of life
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.45 pmShort Break
3.00 pmMeet the Speaker
4.15 pmClosing Address
4.30 pmTea and Cakes and Depart