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Science and Religion - Two views or two realities

April 5-8, 2018

Aim of Course

The Course is open to those from any disciplinary background and all speakers are encouraged to make their talks accessible to all. The big questions that this Course addresses are perennial ones. Does science tell us all we need to know about the world? What philosophical and theological questions does scientific progress raise? How have science and religion interacted in the past and how do they do so today? What are the ethical issues arising from new scientific and technological discoveries?

There will be plenty of top scientists and academics, both from foreign institutions and the University of Malta, on this Programme.

Come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Mount St Joseph and the nurturing lectures and discussions while you grapple with these and other questions in the dialogue between science and religion. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Once the Course is over, delegates go away with a new network of friends and contacts in the science and religion field.

We hope that this will be the first step towards further discussion and interaction between science and religion.

Deadline for applications:    March 11th, 2018

As the number of participants is limited, applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • You can secure a place by sending an e-mail to faradaycoursemalta@gmail.com or a message through the Faraday Malta events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/faradaymalta/
  • Indicate your name, academic background, e-mail address, and participation type (student/in employment; full residential/non-residential/number of sessions) and you will receive instructions about the mode of payment. Participants are to present official certification from their Faculty/Institute in order to benefit from student rates.
  • The deposit to secure a place is €50.
  • Due to a potential high number of participants, any further applicants will be put on a waiting list, and we will let you know if a space becomes available.

The cost of attending the course is as follows:

STUDENT FEES

 

fee

Half-day visitor

Non-residential (Thu, Sun)

full board

 

€90

Full-day visitor

Non-residential (Fri, Sat)

full board

 

€100

 

 

 

 

 

Full course

Residential

full board, single room

 

€235

Full course

Residential

full board, twin room

participant

€220

 

 

full board, twin room

accompanying

€150

Full course

Non-residential

full board

 

€200

 

COURSE PARTICIPANT (IN EMPLOYMENT) FEES

 

fee

Half-day visitor

Non-residential (Thu, Sun)

full board

 

€100

Full-day visitor

Non-residential (Fri, Sat)

full board

 

€120

 

 

 

 

 

Full course

Residential

full board, single room

 

€250

Full course

Residential

full board, twin room

participant

€240

 

 

full board, twin room

accompanying

€170

Full course

Non-residential

full board

 

€220

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics:

  • Revd Prof. Louis Caruana SJ, Science and Religion: Clash of Worldviews
  • Dr Nadia Delicata, The Church “breathing with two lungs” on Homo Technologicus
  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli, I God
  • Prof. Alex Felice, The Genome of Man: Shaped by the Past and Editing for the Future
  • Prof. Anthony J. Frendo, Faith and Reason: The Case of the Bible and Archaeology
  • Dr James Hannam, The Mythical Conflict: Have Science and Religion got on better than People Think?
  • Revd Dr Mark Harris, Science and Miracles
  • Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Cosmology and Faith
  • Prof. Patrick Schembri, The environmental crisis: ecological, environmentalist and religious convergences and divergences
  • Prof. Frank Ventura, Religion and Religious Practices in Neolithic Malta

 Venue

The course will be held at Mount St Joseph Retreat House, Mosta.

Mount St Joseph Retreat House has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Malta’s largest and most popular retreat centres. The House extends a welcoming atmosphere of serenity to all its visitors, with direct sunlight pouring into its halls. It is surrounded by lovely grounds containing some magnificent trees and various Mediterranean flora. Quiet walkways and seating areas around the gardens provide a welcome break from the hectic pace of modern working life.

Facilities: http://www.mtsjoseph.org/content.aspx?id=225217#.WcmEMcgjHFg

Gallery: http://www.mtsjoseph.org/Galleries.aspx?id=221440

How to get there: http://www.mtsjoseph.org/content.aspx?id=396042#.WcmBjsgjHFg