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Science, Faith and Human Flourishing

July 1-6, 2018

This year's summer course "Science, Faith and Human Flourishing" addresses a number of big questions that have enormous impact on how we understand the world around us and how we learn to flourish in a changing environment. What is the nature of the physical universe? How do human beings grow spiritually and morally, even in extreme circumstances? What is the nature of religious experience? How does the impact of robotics and AI technologies affect our understanding of what it means to be human? How do religious scientists relate their scientific understanding to their scriptures and traditions? What does it mean to talk of purpose in biology and how is this relevant to ordinary believers? In this five-day course, we will explore the relationship between science and religion from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, theological and philosophical. A team of world-renowned speakers from a range of disciplines will contribute to the dialogue from their own experience and expertise in the keynote lectures. Additional workshops on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific scientific topics in more depth. There will be the opportunity to explore Cambridge's scientific heritage through a number of guided tours.

Confirmed Speakers so far: 

Prof. Stephanie Clarke, Professor of Neuropsychology, Lausanne University, Switzerland.

Prof. Tim O’Connor, Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, USA. 

Prof. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College, USA.  

Prof. René van Woudenberg, Professor of Philosophy at the Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Booking opens Friday 1st December