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Short Course No. 5: Science and Religion in Schools

Westminster College: March 30 - April 1, 2007

Deadline for applications: March 6, 2007
Deadline for Bursary applications: February 2, 2007

Aim of Course

This short weekend course is for busy teachers, whether in the sciences, philosophy or RE. It will give informed input by highly qualified experts on some of the latest thinking in the science-religion area, give information about resources available to teachers, as well as tackle some of the thorny issues arising in the classroom.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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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 30
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
8.00 pmDr Pete Moore: Science and Religion in the Public Mind
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmBar and more Discussion
Saturday March 31
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Bryant: Creationism and Intelligent Design
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Bryant: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Cloning
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmMr Martin Rogers: A Brief Introduction to the Science and Religion in Schools Project
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr John Taylor: Perspectives on Science: A New Venture in History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science in Post-16 Education
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr John Taylor: The Truth about Truth: Realism and Relativism. A Workshop in Exploring Philosophical Ideas in the Classroom
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. John Pilbrow: The Impact of Einstein's Relativity on Christian Thought
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 3 Speakers Questions and Discussion
Sunday April 1
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Pilbrow: How Does God Act in the World? A Critique of Scientific Models of Divine Action
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Bob White FRS: Why Care for the Environment?
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Vinoth Ramachandra: The Science and Theology of Natural Disasters
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart