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Faraday Advisory Board

The Advisory Board reviews the activities of the Institute, providing external expertise and resources for the assessment and development of new projects.

The current Chairperson is Prof. J.S.Hill Gaston

R.J. Berry

Prof. R.J. Berry

Biography

R.J. (Sam) Berry is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean

R.J. (Sam) Berry is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean Society, the British Ecological Society, the European Ecological Federation, the Mammal Society, and Christians in Science. Prof. Berry was also a member of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (1990-1996) and of the Natural Environment Research Council (1981-1987), and was previously Editor of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (1978-1990), a member of the General Synod of the Church of England(1970-1990) and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Prof. Berry received the UK Templeton Award in 1996 for "Long and distinguished advocacy of the Christian faith among scientists" and received the Marsh Award for Ecology in 2001.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

  • Divine action: expected and unexpected. Zygon, 37: 717-27, 2002.
  • God’s Book of Works. The Nature and Theology of Nature. London: T&T Clark,2003
  • God & Darwin: the two books of nature. The Linnean, 20: 8-14, 2004.
  • Did Homo sapiens become Homo divinus? In Listening to Creation Groaning: 172-86. Vischer, L. (ed). Geneva: John Knox Center, Publication no.16, 2004
  • Environmental Stewardship: Critical Perspectives – Past and Present. London: T&T Clark, 2006.

Recent Scientific Publications

  • Orkney Nature. London: Poyser, 2000.
  • A historical perspective on phenotype. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, volume 4: 537-47. Levin, S.A. (ed). San Diego: Academic Press, 2001.
  • Environmental decision making in a technological age: prudence, wisdom and justice. Ethics in Science and Politics: 30-36, 2002.
  • Island differentiation muddied by island biogeographers. Environmental Archaeology, 9: 117-121, 2004.
  • The house mouse: a model and motor for evolutionary understanding. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 84: 335-47, 2005 (with Scriven, P.N.)

Multimedia resources

Evolution and Theology: Are They Connected?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God - Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Hasok Chang

Prof. Hasok Chang

Biography

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught for 15 years at University College London, after receiving his PhD in Philosophy at Stanford University following an undergraduate degree at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (Springer, 2012), winner of the 2013 Fernando Gil International Prize, and Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (Oxford University Press, 2004), joint winner of the 2006 Lakatos Award. He is also co-editor (with Catherine Jackson) of An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War (British Society for the History of Science, 2007), a collection of original work by undergraduate students at University College London. He is a co-founder of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), and the International Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. He has recently been the President of the British Society for this History of Science.

Peter Clarke

Prof. Peter Clarke

Biography

Peter Clarke is Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Following a first

Peter Clarke is Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Following a first degree in Engineering Science (1968) at the University of Oxford, he did a PhD with philosopher-neurobiologist Donald MacKay at the University of Keele (UK), then postdoctoral jobs in Oxford and St. Louis (USA), before moving to his present department in 1977. His research focuses on neuronal death - occurring naturally in development, or pathologically in cerebral ischemia and hypoxia. He has been awarded two international prizes (the Ingle Writing Award and the Demuth Foundation Award for Medical Research).

Peter Clarke is Associate Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief and lectures widely on science and religion, mainly on questions relating to the brain. He is very active promoting science-religion dialogue in the French-speaking world and is a founding member of the Reseau des Scientifiques Evangeliques. He is a member of an evangelical church in Lausanne.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Determinism, Brain Function and Free Will. Science & Christian Belief 22 (2), 133-149.
  • P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Dualism that Makes Contact with Science. Science & Christian Belief 22 (2), 171-172.
  • P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Neuroscience and the Soul: A Response to Malcolm Jeeves. Science & Christian Belief 21 (1), 61-64.
  • P. G.H. Clarke (2008) Book review of Why Psychology Needs Theology: A Radical-Reformation Perspective (eds Alvin Dueck & Cameron Lee) Science & Christian Belief 20 (1), 127-128.

Recent selected science publications

  • A.-C. Bessero, F. Chiodini, E. Rungger-Brändle, C. Bonny & P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Role of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway in retinal excitotoxicity, and neuroprotection by its inhibition. J. Neurochem. 113, 1307-1318.
  • A.-C. Bessero & P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Neuroprotection for optic nerve disorders. Curr. Opinion Neurol. 23, 10-15.
  • J. Puyal & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Targeting autophagy to prevent neonatal stroke damage. Autophagy 5, 1060-1061.
  • J. Puyal, A. Vaslin, V. Mottier & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Post-ischemic treatment of neonatal cerebral ischemia should target autophagy. Annals Neurol. 66, 378-389.
  • A. Vaslin, C. Rummel & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Unconjugated TAT carrier peptide protects against excitotoxicity. Neurotox. Res. 15, 123-126.
  • A. Vaslin, J. Puyal & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Excitotoxicity-induced endocytosis confers drug targeting in cerebral ischemia. Annals Neurol. 65, 337-347.

Multimedia resources

Brains and Machines   MP3Video (download) 
Genetics, Brain Plasticity and Personhood   MP3Video (download) 
Brain Determinism and Free Will   MP3Video (download) 
The Brain as a Neuronal Machine   MP3Video (download) 
Sarah Coakley

Prof. Sarah Coakley

Biography

Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge. She originally studied at Cambridge and Harvard, before taking a lectureship in Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster (1976-1991). She later became a university lecturer in Theology at Oxford, as well as a Tutorial Fellow of Oriel College (1991 - 1993). In 1993 she was made a tenured Professor of Christian Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and was promoted in 1995 to the Mallinckrodt Professorship (also at Harvard). She was appointed to her current chair at Cambridge  in 2007.

A philosophical and systematic theologian, Sarah Coakley became increasingly involved in interdisciplinary work whist at Harvard, and conducted collaborative research projects in medicine and religion (with Prof Arthur Kleinman), and in theology and evolutionary theory (with Prof Martin A. Nowak).  The work with Nowak garnered a $2 million 3-year research grant from the Templeton Foundation, and will issue you in a jointly edited book:  Evolution, Games and God:  The Principle of Cooperation (Harvard UP, forthcoming, 2009).

Sarah Coakley’s other publications include:  Christ Without Absolutes:  A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch (OUP, 1988); (ed.) Religion and the Body (CUP, 1997); Powers and Submissions (Blackwell, 2001); (co-ed), Pain and Its Transformations :  The Interface of Biology and Culture (2007), and (eds.) Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa and Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite (both Blackwell, 2001 and 2009).  She is at work on a 4-volumed systematic theology, the first volume of which was published in 2010 as God, Sexuality and the Self:  An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (CUP).

Multimedia resources

God, Providence, and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation PDF MP3Video (download) 
God, Providence and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation - Discussion PDF    
Evolution, Cooperation and God   MP3  
Geoffrey Cook

Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook

Biography

The Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook, former Vice-Master of St. Edmund's College, was previously a member of the Scientific Staff of

The Revd Dr Geoffrey Cook, former Vice-Master of St. Edmund's College, was previously a member of the Scientific Staff of the Medical Research Council from 1986-2004, heading a research team in developmental neurobiology in the Department of Anatomy, Cambridge University from 1979-2004. Dr Cook was the first to describe the presence of sugars on the external surfaces of cell membranes, a completely novel concept at the time of this discovery, leading to a ground-breaking series of three first-author papers in Nature within the space of two years [Nature 188, 1011-1012, 1960; Nature 191, 44-47, 1961; Cook, G. M. Nature 195, 159-161, 1962]. Dr Cook remains an Affiliated Lecturer in the University of Cambridge.

Dr Cook was ordained deacon in the Catholic Church in 1978; is a member of the Society for Ordained Scientists; Chairman of the Ecumenical Commission (from 2005 Commission for Dialogue and Unity), Diocese of East Anglia; Member of the Standing Committee, former Chairman of Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council; former Member of the Committee for Christian Unity, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales; Governor of Ipswich School, Ipswich, Suffolk; and LEA Governor (and Vice-Chairman 2003 - to date) of St Bede's Interchurch Comprehensive School, Cambridge.

Recent Publications

  • Kuan, K. C-Y, Tannahill, D, Cook, G.M.W. & Keynes, R.J. (2004) Somite polarity and segmental patterning of the peripheral nervous system. Mech. Development 121,1055-1068.
  • Vermeren, M.M., Cook, G.M.W., Johnson, A.R., Keynes, R.J. & Tannahill, D. (2000) Spinal nerve segmentation in the chick embryo: analysis of distinct axon-repulsive systems. Developmental Biology 225, 241- 252.
  • Keynes, R.J., Tannahill, D., Morgenstein, D.A., Johnson, A.R., Cook, G.M.W. & Pini, A. (1997) A surround repulsion of spinal sensory sensory axons in higher vertebrate embryos. Neuron 18, 889-897.
  • Keynes, R.J. & Cook, G.M.W. (1996) Axon guidance molecules. Cell 83,161-169.
  • Cook, G.M.W. (1995) Glycobiology of the cell surface: The emergence of sugars as an important feature of the cell periphery. Glycobiology, 5, 449-458.

Russell Cowburn

Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS

Biography

Prof. Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he

Prof. Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London. He is the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology 'Laser Surface Authentication'. He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences. He is the winner of the 2003 GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the 2006 Degussa Science to Business Award, the 2007 Hermes International Technology Award and the 2008 Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize. In 2009 his research was recognised by the European Union by the award of a 2.8 million Euros ERC Advanced Investigator Grant and in 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Multimedia resources

Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3  
Martin Evans

Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS

Biography

Professor Sir Martin Evans gained his BA in Biochemistry from Christ College, University of Cambridge in 1963. He received

Professor Sir Martin Evans gained his BA in Biochemistry from Christ College, University of Cambridge in 1963. He received an MA in 1966 and a ScD in 1996. In 1969 he was awarded a PhD degree from University College, London. After many years working at Cambridge, Sir Martin became Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University in 1999.

Professor Sir Martin was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells, which can be adapted for a wide variety of medical purposes. His discoveries are now being applied in virtually all areas of biomedicine – from basic research to the development of new therapies. In recent years Sir Martin himself has carried out pioneering work in using his techniques to develop therapy for cystic fibrosis in mice and for human breast cancer, among others.

Sir Martin has published more than 150 scientific papers. Among his many awards was the 2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in the US – often seen as a precursor to a Nobel Prize. In 2004, he was knighted for his services to medical science. He was also named by The Independent newspaper as one of “10 Britons who changed our world.” Sir Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science.

In October 2007 Sir Martin was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine along with two US-based scientists, Professors Oliver Smithies and Mario Capecchi for “a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals.” The citation from the Nobel Assembly said of their work: “Its impact on the understanding of gene function and its benefits to mankind will continue to increase over many years to come.”

Martin has recently become an Honorary Member of the Biochemical Society and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine in January 2009.

Mary Fowler

Prof. Mary Fowler FRAS, FGS

Biography

Mary Fowler is the Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor of Geophysics and Dean of the

Mary Fowler is the Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. She was previously Professor of Geophysics and Dean of the Science Faculty at Royal Holloway, University of London. She studied Mathematics and Geophysics at Cambridge (undergraduate at Girton College and postgraduate at Darwin College) after which she held a Royal Society European Fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and spent a decade at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She moved to Royal Holloway from Canada in 1992.

Her academic responsibilities have included former Chair of CHUGD (Committee of Heads of University Geoscience Departments), Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society and Council of The Geological Society. In addition to work for many funding bodies she served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England research assessment panels in 2001 and 2008 and is currently Deputy Chair of the 'Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences' sub-panel for REF2014. She has been a member of the Board of the School of Cosmic Physics of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies since 2006 and from 2012 the British Geological Survey Advisory Committee.

She was awarded the Prestwich Medal of the Geological Society for her book The Solid Earth: an Introduction to Global Geophysics (published by Cambridge University Press and now in its 2nd edition). The Solid Earth is the dominant text worldwide for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and is widely used as a standard reference for researchers.

Keith Fox

Prof. Keith Fox

Biography

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton and a former chairman of Christians in Science. He

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton and a former chairman of Christians in Science. He originally studied in Cambridge, before moving to Southampton as a lecturer in 1987. He is the senior executive editor of Nucleic Acids Research.

His research concerns the sequence specific recognition of DNA by small molecules, oligonucleotides and proteins. Compounds that bind to DNA in a sequence specific fashion have potential for artificially controlling gene expression and may be used as anticancer or antiviral agents. Several DNA binding antibiotics are currently used in cancer chemotherapy, and we are seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms by which they bind to DNA with a view to designing new agents with improved selectivity. In all our studies we make extensive use of the footprinting technique, using both natural and synthetic DNA fragments. Much of this work is performed in collaboration with Professor Tom Brown in the Department of Chemistry.

Multimedia resources

Current Ethical Challenges in Modern Biology   MP3Video (download) 
Genetic Engineering: How Far Should We Go?   MP3  
Creation and Evolution   MP3Video (download) 
Genetics and Human Identity   MP3  
J.S.Hill Gaston

Prof. J.S.Hill Gaston

Biography

Prof. Hill Gaston read medicine at Lincoln College, Oxford and undertook general medical training in London and Bristol. Research training

Prof. Hill Gaston read medicine at Lincoln College, Oxford and undertook general medical training in London and Bristol. Research training began in Bristol as a Cancer Research Campaign Fellow, and postdoctoral training at Stanford with a Medical Research Council travelling fellowship. He returned to the UK to the Department of Rheumatology in Birmingham where he was Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and honorary consultant, before moving to Cambridge as the foundation Professor of Rheumatology. He is director of studies in Clinical Medicine at St. Edmund’s College, and takes an active role in research and education in rheumatology and immunology through the British Society for Rheumatology and the Arthritis Research Campaign

His research interests are in immunological mechanisms in rheumatic disease, and interactions between infection and the immune system. Prof. Gaston has an active research team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, working in cellular immunology, particularly T cell cloning (see www.med.cam.ac.uk). Prof Gaston is married to a local G.P. and has two children; leisure interests include music (listening, not making), reading (biographies), and travel. He is an active member and past churchwarden of a local Anglican church, Holy Trinity, Cambridge.

Recent Publications

  • Jarvis, L.B., Matyzak, M.K., Duggleby, R.D., Goodall, J.C., Hall, F. C., and Gaston, J.S.H. Autoreactive human peripheral blood CD8+ T cells with a regulatory phenotype and function. Eur. J. Immunol. 35:2896-2908 (2005).
  • Goodall, J.C., Ellis, L. and Gaston, J.S.H.. Spondyloarthritis-associated and non-spondyloarthritis associated B27 subtypes differ in their dependence upon tapasin for surface expression and their incorporation into the peptide loading complex. Arthritis and Rheumatism. In press. (2005)
  • Matyszak, M.K. and Gaston, J.S.H. Chlamydia trachomatis-specific human CD8+ T cells show two patterns of antigen recognition. Infect. Immun. 72(8): 4357-67 (2004).
  • Lillicrap, M.S., Duggleby, R.C., Gaston, J.S.H. and Goodall. J.C. T cell recognition of a highly conserved epitope in heat shock protein 60: self tolerance maintained by distinguishing between asparagine and aspartic acid. International Immunology 16:405-414 (2004).
  • Cox, C.J., Kempsell, K.E. and Gaston, J.S.H. Investigation of infectious agents associated with arthritis by RT-PCR of bacterial rRNA. Arthritis Research and Therapy 5:R1-8.(2003).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Reactive arthritis and enteropathic arthropathy. Chapter in Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, 3rd edition, eds. D.A. Isenberg, P. Maddison, P. Woo, D. Glass, and F. Breedveld. Oxford University Press , Pp779-786 (2004).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Reactive arthritis. Chapter in Oxford textbook of Medicine, 4th edition, eds. D.A. Warrell. T.M. Cox, Firth, J.D. and Benz, Jr, E.J, Oxford University Press. vol. 3 pp 57-61 (2004).
  • Gaston, J.S.H. Cellular Immunity in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Chapter in Rheumatology, 3rd edition, eds. M.C. Hochberg, A.J. Silman, J.S. Smolen, M.E. Weinblatt, M.H. Weisman, Mosby-Harcourt. Pp 843-850 (2003).

Brian Heap

Prof. Sir Brian Heap FRS

Biography

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and Project Leader, Biosciences for farming in Africa.  He was Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.  As a biological scientist he published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham, Cambridge and Roslin, Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.  He was President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, President of the Institute of Biology, and President of the International Society of Science and Religion.  He was UK Representative on the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee.  With the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Department of Health's Expert Group on Cloning, the EU President's Advisory Group on Biotechnology, and Parliamentary Select Committee he has been engaged in public issues of biotechnology, population growth, sustainability and science policy working with the World Health Organisation, the UK-China Forum and the European Commission.  He was scientific consultant for several international pharmaceutical companies.

Recent science-religion interests/publications

  • HEAP R B (2001) Cloning: can we play God? In Genetic Engineering: Christ and the Cosmos Series XV pp.113-123 ed. Brenda Beamond
  • HEAP BRIAN (2004) Pastoral implications of the new genetics. Partner and Paternoster, Carlisle, Cumbria
  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2005) Consumption and Happiness: Christian values and an approach towards Christianity Annual Conference on Sustainability, London

Selected recent publications

  • HEAP R B (2004)  Man and the future environment European Review 12 273-292

  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2006)  Ethical demands and economic decisions  In: In Search of Common Values in the European Research Area  ed: Pieter J D Drenth, Ludger Honnefelder, Johannes J F Schroots and Beat Sitter-Liver  ALLEA Report Series 4 pp 61-78 Amsterdam

  • HEAP R B (2006) NATO’s Science for Peace Programme  Science and Society in the Face of the New Security Threats pp.3-6, ed M Sharpe and A Agboluaje IOS Press Washington

  • HEAP R B (2006)  Creating a sustainable future In: Human Nature pp.300-317 ed Malcolm Jeeves, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • HEAP R B  (2007)  Higher education, scientific research and social change  In: Higher Education and National Development   Universities and societies in transition pp.265-278 ed David Bridges, Palmira Juceviciene, Robert Jucevicius, Terence McLaughlin and Jolante Stankeviciute, Routledge London and New York

  • HEAP R B  (2008)  Whither universities?  In:  The University in the Market pp. 1-7 ed L Engwall and D Weaire, Portland Press London

  • HEAP R B (2009)  In Need of an Ethic and Legal Framework to Secure InternationalCooperation  pp.171-174 In: The Role of Law and Ethics in the Globalized Economy  ed. Joseph Straus Springer Heidelberg

     

     

     

     

     

 

Multimedia resources

Consumption and Well-Being: Christian Values and Sustainability   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Life in Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Being a Christian in Science   MP3Video (download) 
Food Security and Modern Genetics   MP3  
Can Genetics Feed Africa?   MP3  
Colin Humphreys

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS

Biography

Prof. Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge; Professor

Prof. Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge; Professor of Experimental Physics, The Royal Institution; Professorial Fellow, Selwyn College, Cambridge; past-President, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre on Advanced Materials, Cambridge; and Director of the Cambridge – Aixtron Centre for Gallium Nitride. Prof. Humphreys has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the Kelvin Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics (1999); award of an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Leicester (2001); the European Materials Gold Medal, Federation of European Materials Societies (2001); and the Robert Franklin Mehl Gold Medal, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, USA (2003). Prof. Humphreys is also very involved in the public understanding of science, having served as Selby Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (1997); as Fellow in the Public Understanding of Physics, Institute of Physics (1997-99); and as President of the Physics Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1998-99).

Prof. Humphreys publishes and lectures extensively in the field of science and religion, and has a particular interest in the application of scientific knowledge to the understanding of the historicity of the Biblical text.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of the birth of Christ" Q.Jl. R. Astr. Soc., 32, 1991, 389-407.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of Christ's birth". Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 32-56
  • Humphreys, C.J. and Waddington, W.G. - "The Jewish Calendar, a lunar eclipse and the date of Christ's Crucifixion", Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 331-351.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem", Science & Christian Belief, 1993, 5, 83-101.
  • Humphreys, C.J. and White R.J. - "The eruption of Santorini and the date and historicity of Joseph". Science and Christian Belief, 7, 1995, 151-162
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The number of people in the Exodus from Egypt: decoding mathematically the very large numbers in Numbers I and XXVI", Vestus Tesatmentum XLVIII, 1998, 196-213.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How Many People Were in the Exodus from Egypt?" Science & Christian Belief, 2000, 12, 17-34
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The numbers in the Exodus from Egypt: a further appraisal". Vetus Testamentum, 50, 2000, 323-328.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How many thousands did Moses pilot across the Red Sea?" Manna, 69, 2000, 20-21.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Miracles of Exodus - A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes Underlying the Biblical Stories", 362 pages, Harper San Francisco, USA, and Continuum, UK, 2003, hardback and 2004 paperback..
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus", 244 pages, Cambridge University Press, UK 2011.

Selected recent science publications

  • Graham, D.M., Soltani-Vala, S., Dawson, P., Godfrey, M.J., Smeeton, T.M., Barnard, J.S., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Thrush, E.J. ‘Optical and microstructural studies of InGaN/GaN single quantum well structures’ J.Appl.Phys. 97, 2005, 103508
  • Martinez C E, Stanton N M, Kent A J, Graham D M, Dawson P, Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. ‘Determination of relative internal quantum efficiency in InGaN/GaN quantum wells’ J. Appl. Phy. 98, 053509 (2005)
  • Ofori, A.P., Rossouw, C.J., and Humphreys, C.J Determining the site occupancy of Ru in the L12 phase of a Ni-base superalloy using ALCHEMI’ Acta Materialia, 53, 2005, 97-110
  • Oliver, R. A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D, ‘Growth modes in heteroepitaxy of InGaN on GaN’ J. Appl. Phys. 97, 2005, 013707
  • Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Lee, K.H., Na, J.H., Taylor, R.A., Hasko, D.G., Oliver, R.A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D. ‘Quantum-confined Stark effect in a single InGaN quantum dot under a lateral electric field’ Appl. Phys. Lett, 86, 2005, 213104
  • Vickers, M.E., Kappers, M.J., Datta, R., McAleese, C., Rayment, F.D.R. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘In-plane imperfections in GaN studied by X-ray diffraction’ J. Phys. D. Appl. Phys., 38, 2005, A99-A104
  • Campbell, L.C., Wilkinson, M.J., Manz, A., Camilleri, P. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Electrophoretic manipulation of single DNA molecules in nanofabricated capillaries’ Lab Chip, 4, 2004, 225-229
  • Kaestner ,B., Schönjahn, C. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Mapping the potential within a nanometre undoped GaAs region using a scanning electron microscope’ Appl.Phys.Lett., 84, 2004, 2109-2111
  • Rice, J.H., Robinson, J.W., Jarjour, A., Taylor, R.A., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J. and Humphreys, C.J ‘Temporal variation in photoluminescence from single InGaN quantum dots’ Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 2004, 4110-4112
  • Taylor, R.A., Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Jarjour A., Smith, J.D., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Arakawa, Y. ‘Dynamics of single InGaN quantum dots’ Physica E, 21, 2004, 285-289

Multimedia resources

Can Scientists Believe in Miracles?HTMLPDF MP3  
Can Scientists Believe in Miracles? - DiscussionHTMLPDF MP3  
Science and Miracles   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Astronomy and the date of the Crucifixion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and the question of miracles   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and the dating of the Easter week events   MP3  
Science and the Star of Bethlehem   MP3Video (download) 
Alister McGrath

Prof. Alister McGrath

Biography

Prof. Alister McGrath read chemistry at Oxford University, before carrying out research in molecular biophysics at Oxford under the supervision

Prof. Alister McGrath read chemistry at Oxford University, before carrying out research in molecular biophysics at Oxford under the supervision of Professor George Radda, FRS, who went on to become the chief executive of the Medical Research Council. After studying theology at Oxford, he took up the Naden Studentship in Divinity at St John's College, Cambridge, which enabled him to begin serious study of Christian theology, including its interaction with the natural sciences. He went on to become Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and President of the Oxford Centre for Evangelism and Apologetics. His research interests focus on the relation of the natural sciences and the Christian faith, and he has published extensively in this field. His best-known book is Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004). In 2006, Prof. McGrath accepted a Senior Research Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, to enable him to concentrate on several major research projects, including the reformulation and renewal of natural theology, before accepting the newly-established Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College, London.

Prof. McGrath is a prolific author of books and some of his most recent publications relevant to science-theology interactions are listed below.

Selected Recent Publications

  • The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Blackwell, 1998)
  • Thomas F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography (T&T Clark, 1999)
  • A Scientific Theology (3 volumes, entitled Nature, Reality and Theory, published by T&T Clark, 2001-3).
  • The Re-Enchantment of Nature (Hodder & Stoughton, 2002)
  • The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (T&T Clark, 2004)
  • The Twilight of Atheism (Rider, 2004)
  • Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (Blackwell, 2004)
  • The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology (Blackwell, 2006)
  • Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution from the Sixteenth to the Twenty First Century (HarperOne, 2007)
  • The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology (Blackwell, 2008)
  • A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2009)

Multimedia resources

Has Science Eliminated God? Richard Dawkins and the meaning of life.HTMLPDF MP3  
Has Science Eliminated God? Richard Dawkins and the meaning of life - DiscussionHTMLPDF    
Has Science Eliminated God? An Engagement with Richard Dawkins' Views on Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Scientific Theology? Parallels and Convergences in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Biology, the Anthropic Principle and Natural Theology   MP3  
Science, Religion and the New Atheism   MP3  
Calvin's Contributions to the Emergence of Modern Science   MP3Video (download) 
Darwin, Dawkins and the Divine: Why is biology at the heart of the New Atheism?   MP3  

Dr Harvey T. McMahon FRS

Biography

Harvey McMahon FRS is a staff scientist and group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in

Harvey McMahon FRS is a staff scientist and group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

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Multimedia resources

Is Teleology still a Useful Concept in Biology?   MP3  
John Polkinghorne

Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS

Biography

The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics

The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, 1968-79. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. In 1979 Polkinghorne resigned his chair to study for the Anglican priesthood. He was ordained in 1982. After some years in parish life he returned to Cambridge to work on issues in science and theology, a topic on which he has written many books, including his Gifford Lectures, Science and Christian Belief (in the USA, The Faith of a Physicist), his Terry Lectures, Belief in God in an Age of Science, and more recently, The God of Hope and the End of the World. In 1996 he retired from being President of Queens' College, Cambridge, and he was knighted in 1997. He has Hon DDs from the Universities of Kent (1994) and Durham (1999) and Hon DScs from the Universities of Exeter (1994) Leicester (1995) and Marquette (2003). He is an Hon Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham (1999) and of St Edmund's College, Cambridge (2002). In the United Kingdom, Polkinghorne has been the Chairman of several Committees offering advice to Government on ethical and social issues related to new developments in science and technology, for example Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1996-1999). In 2002 he was awarded the Templeton Prize. John Polkinghorne was one of the founders of the Society of Ordained Scientists and was the Founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion (2002-2004).

Recent selected publications on science and religion

  • Science and Providence (SPCK, 1989) - re-published by Templeton Foundation Press 2005.
  • Reason and Reality (SPCK, 1991)
  • Science and Christian Belief (SPCK, 1994) In the US - The Faith of a Physicist (Princeton University Press, 1994)
  • Quarks, Chaos and Christianity (Triangle, 1994)
  • Beyond Science (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
  • Belief in God in an Age of Science (Yale University Press, 1998)
  • Science & Theology (SPCK, 1998)
  • Traffic in Truth - Exchanges between Theology and Science (Canterbury Press 2000; Fortress, 2002)
  • Faith, Science, and Understanding (SPCK/Yale University Press, 2000)
  • The God of Hope and the End of the World (SPCK/Yale University Press 2002)
  • Science and the Trinity (SPCK/Yale University Press 2004)
  • Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science & Religion (SPCK/Yale University Press 2005).

Recent selected scientific publications

  • The Quantum World (Longman 1984; Princeton University Press, 1985; Pelican Books, 1986; Penguin Books, 1990; Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese translations).
  • Quantum Theory - a very short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002; Arabic, Czech, Dutch, German and Serbocroat translations)

Multimedia resources

How does God interact with the World?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Has Science made Religion redundant?HTML     
Has Science made Religion Redundant? DiscussionHTML     
Natural Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Divine Action   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Creation, Evil and Time   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Universe in a Trinitarian Perspective   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Anthropic Principle   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Models for Relating Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Why is Physics Possible?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Quantum Theory, Critical Realism and Religious Belief   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Future of the Science-Religion Debate   MP3Video (download) 
Can a Scientist Pray?   MP3Video (download) 
Critical Realism in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Meta-Stories of Fine-Tuning   MP3Video (download) 
The Interaction between Science and Theology   MP3Video (download) 
Theology in a Scientific Context   MP3Video (download) 
The Anthropic Principle   MP3  
Theology and Physics   MP3  
An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue   MP3Video (download) 
Final Theological Reflections   MP3Video (download) 
A Destiny Beyond Death?   MP3Video (download) 
Being a Christian in science - Lessons from a Long Journey   MP3  
Eric Priest

Prof. Eric Priest FRS

Biography

Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews

Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews since 1983. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (1994) and the Royal Society (2002). He is currently Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society and has been awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo) and the Robinson Medal.

As an applied mathematician, his research interests involve constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the Sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. In particular, he is trying to understand how the corona of the Sun is heated to several million degrees and how magnetic energy is converted into other forms in solar flares.

In the area of science and religion, he is aware of the importance of trying in small ways to encourage dialogue and understanding between islam and christianity and recently spoke on science and culture to 850 schoolchildren in Alexandria, Egypt. He has also preached in St Andrews on the tensions between christianity and science and spoke on “Creativity in Science” at a conference on Creativity and the Imagination.

He is active in the local anglican church and enjoys hill-walking, bridge, singing in a couple of choirs and spending time with his wife Clare and four children.

Recent Selected Publications

  • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Our enigmatic Sun’, Recent Advances in Astronomy and Astrophysics (ed N. Solomos) American Institute of Physics, Melville USA.
  • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Creativity in science’, Proc. Conf. on Creativity and Imagination (ed. T Hart)
  • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2002) ‘The magnetic nature of solar flares’, Astron. and Astrophys. Rev. 10, 313-377
  • Priest, E.R., Heyvaerts, J.F. and Title, A.M. (2002) ‘A Flux Tube Tectonics Model for solar coronal heating driven by the magnetic carpet’, Astrophys. J., 576, 533-551
  • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2000) Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Priest, E.R. (1982) Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, D Reidel, Holland

Multimedia resources

Science, Religion and Creativity: A Personal View   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Michael Reiss

Prof. Michael Reiss

Biography

Michael Reiss is Pro-Director: Research and Development and Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London,

Michael Reiss is Pro-Director: Research and Development and Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers, Docent at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England.

Professor Reiss is interested in ways of improving understanding about science. Current research interests include work to increase the number of students choosing to study science and mathematics post-16 and how science teachers should deal with the rise of creationism. He is President of the International Society for Science and Religion and of the International Association for Science and Religion in Schools and writes on the interface of science education and theology. For further information see www.reiss.tc.

Recent Multimedia Resources

Intelligent Design: Pseudoscience or Credible Challenge to Evolution? Michael Behe vs. Michael Reiss www.youtube.com/watch

FACULTI - Education - Science Education www.youtube.com/watch

Michael Reiss, Institute of Education, University of London www.youtube.com/watch

Recent Selected Publications in Science Education

Boulter, C. J., Reiss, M. J. & Sanders, D. L. (in press) Darwin-Inspired Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2014) A survey of psychological, motivational, family and perceptions of physics education factors that explain 15 year-old students’ aspirations to study post-compulsory physics in English schools. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12, 371-393.

Reiss, M.J. and White, J. (2013) An Aims-based Curriculum: The Significance of Human Flourishing for Schools, IOE Press, London.

Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2013) Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in teachers of mathematics and science. Oxford Review of Education, 39, 627-648.

Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2013) What sort of girl wants to study physics after the age of 16? Findings from a large-scale UK survey. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 2979-2998.

Abrahams, I., Reiss, M.J. and Sharpe, R.M. (2013) The assessment of practical work in school science. Studies in Science Education, 49, 209-251.

Rodd, M., Reiss, M. and Mujtaba, T. (2013) Undergraduates talk about their choice to study physics at university: what was key to their participation? Research in Science & Technological Education, 31, 153-167.

Abrahams, I. and Reiss, M.J. (2012) Practical work: its effectiveness in primary and secondary schools in England. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49, 1035-1055.

Amos, R. and Reiss, M.J. (2012) The benefits of residential fieldwork for school science: insights from a five-year initiative for inner-city students in the UK. International Journal of Science Education, 34, 485-511.

Reiss, M.J. and Tunnicliffe, S.D. (2011) Dioramas as depictions of reality and opportunities for learning in biology. Curator, 54, 447-459.

Collins, S., Reiss, M. and Stobart, G. (2010) What happens when high-stakes testing stops? Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of compulsory national testing in science of 11 year olds in England and its abolition in Wales. Assessment in Education, 17, 273-286.

Jones, A., McKim, A. and Reiss, M. (Eds) (2010) Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

Caccavale, E. and Reiss, M. (2008) Miracles, monsters and disturbances. In: Creative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts, Levinson, R., Nicholson, H. & Parry, S. (Eds), Wellcome Trust, London, pp. 48-63.

Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion

Reiss, M.J. (in press) What significance does Christianity have for science education? In: Handbook of Historical and Philosophical Research in Science Education, Matthews, M. R. (Ed.), Springer, Dordrecht.

Chapman, J., McNamara, S., Reiss, M.J. and Waghid, Y. (Eds) (in press) International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-based Schools, Springer, Dordrecht.

Reiss, M.J. (2013) Religion in science education. In: Science Education for Diversity: Theory and Practice, Mansour, N. and Wegerif, R. (Eds), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 317-328.

Reiss, M.J. (2012) What should be the role of religion in science education and bioethics? In: Sacred Science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews, Øyen, S.A., Lund-Olsen, T. & Vaage, N.S. (Eds), Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, pp. 127-139.

Reiss, M.J. (2011) How should creationism and intelligent design be dealt with in the classroom? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, 399-415.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) Imagining the world: the significance of religious worldviews for science education. Science & Education, 18, 783-796. Reprinted in Matthews, M.R. (Ed.) (2009) Science, Worldviews and Education, Springer, New York, pp. 135-148.

Reiss, M.J. (2009) The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Evolution, 63, 1934-1941.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Should science educators deal with the science/religion issue? Studies in Science Education, 44, 157-186.

Reiss, M.J. (2008) Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions. School Science Review, 90(331), 49-56.

Jones, L. and Reiss, M.J. (Eds) (2007) Teaching about Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism, Peter Lang, New York.

Multimedia resources

Handling Ethics in the Public Domain   MP3Video (download) 
Roger Trigg

Prof. Roger Trigg

Biography

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and  Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and  Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford. He is an Associate Scholar with the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. Until recently he was also co-Director of a major project on the cognitive science of religion in the University of Oxford. With Justin Barrett he is editor of a volume on the philosophical and theological implications of this research with the title  of The Roots of Religion: Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion, to be published by Ashgate in 2014. As joint editor , with Wentzel van Huyssteen of Princeton), of the Ashgate series of monographs on science and religion, he is interested in all aspects of their relation, and is currently writing a short book for Yale University Press on how far science needs metaphysics.

The founding President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion, he has also (2008-10) been President of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. He has lectured widely on issues connected with religion in public life and religious freedom.  Most recently (2013), amongst other places,  he has lectured in Russia, and at the National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington D.C., and also at a major conference on religious freedom in Rome. The author of many books on philosophy, particularly the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion, his most recent (all available in paperback) have been:

Religion in Public life: Must Faith Be Privatized? , Oxford University Press, 2007

Equality, Freedom and Religion, Oxford University Press, 2012

Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions, Cambridge University Press, Spring 2014

Multimedia resources

Do Science and Religion need each other?HTMLPDF    
Do Science and Religion need each other? - DiscussionHTMLPDF    
The Rationality of Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does Religious Belief Need Justification?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science, Faith and Postmodernism   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and Religion in the Public Domain   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Rationality of Science   MP3  
The Rationality of Religion   MP3  
Can Religion be as Rational as Science?   MP3Video (download) 
Rationality in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Rationality in Science and Faith   MP3  
Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Faith   MP3