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EMERITUS DIRECTOR GIVES HERRMANN LECTURES

November 17, 2014

Over the period Nov 5-7 the Emeritus Director, Dr Denis Alexander, was at Gordon College near Boston giving

Over the period Nov 5-7 the Emeritus Director, Dr Denis Alexander, was at Gordon College near Boston giving the annual Robert Herrmann Lectures under the overall title 'Is Life Going Anywhere? Creation-Biology, Randomness and Purpose'. The lectures were given in honour of Robert Herrmann, a close friend of the late Sir John Templeton, who co-authored a number of books with Sir John. A total of 633 people attended the three lectures, with many discussions held with the 53 students and faculty who attended the formal dinners, plus many others in more informal contexts. Each evening a different respondent addressed the contents of the lecture before an extended time for Q&A. Dr Alexander also spoke on creation and biology to around 600 students at the weekly Gordon College Convocation.

Denis Alexander to give annual Herrmann Lectures in Boston (USA) from 5-7 November

October 31, 2014

The Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College (north of Boston, USA) will be hosting Dr. Denis Alexander, Emeritus

The Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College (north of Boston, USA) will be hosting Dr. Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director at The Faraday Institute, for the 3rd Annual Herrmann Lectures on Faith and Science next week. The event is a three day affair from November 5th-7th, and the full schedule is available at http://www.gordon.edu/herrmannlectures/upcoming

Job opportunity - Faraday Institute Administrator

October 14, 2014

THE FARADAY INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE ADMINISTRATOR FP2/12 The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (www.faraday-institute.org) is looking for a proactive and efficient individual to

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THE FARADAY INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE

ADMINISTRATOR

FP2/12


The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (www.faraday-institute.org) is looking for a proactive and efficient individual to be the Institute administrator (due to the retirement of the current administrator at the end of 2014). You will be the first point of contact for the Institute and therefore the “public face” of Faraday. The role has two aspects: 60% being the important administrative duties that ensure the smooth running of the Institute; and 40% being to support the Marketing and Events Manager in running courses and other events. The latter will involve working a few weekends and evenings, for which time off in lieu may be taken. The work involved is varied and requires a willingness to be flexible in response.

The successful candidate will have relevant background experience and must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary for this position will be in the range £24,519 to £27,074 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

A detailed Job Description and Person Specification may be requested from Mrs Polly Stanton [ps400@cam.ac.uk]. Applications quoting Position FP2/12 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Friday 14th November 2014. Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 24th November 2014.


 

Job Opportunities with the LASAR project in Reading

September 15, 2014

The LASAR project, based at the University of Reading has two vacancies: Multi-Media Producer and Editor (AS14143)

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The LASAR project, based at the University of Reading has two vacancies:

  1. Multi-Media Producer and Editor (AS14143)
  2. LASAR Research Assistant (PM14106)

See the pdf for more information.

Book Launch for new book by Revd Dr Rodney Holder 16 September 2014

August 26, 2014

Longing Waiting Believing by Rodney Holder ISBN 978-1841017563 You are warmly invited to the book launch Tuesday 16 September 2014 7.30 pm. Entry is free • Great St

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Longing Waiting Believing

by Rodney Holder

ISBN 978-1841017563

You are warmly invited to
the book launch
Tuesday 16 September 2014
7.30 pm. Entry is free

Great St Mary’s
The University Church
Senate House Hill
Cambridge CB2 3PQ

Light refreshments

Presentation by
Revd Dr Rodney Holder
Signed copies
Launch price £7.99

The Revd Dr Rodney Holder presents his first book of Advent readings. Drawing on his scientific background and insights from his three ‘heroes’ John Polkinghorne, Georges Lemaître and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rodney takes you on a journey from Genesis to Revelation to explore the great themes of Advent.

Additional vacancy with Templeton World Charity Foundation

August 15, 2014

A PA post is currently being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of Templeton World Charity

A PA post is currently being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF).


https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=114709

Job Vacancies with Templeton World Charity Foundation

August 6, 2014

Two project co-ordinator posts are currently being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of Templeton World

Two project co-ordinator posts are currently being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF).

The advertisement for the posts is at : https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=114118

August Newsletter correction

August 1, 2014

The link to the talk given at the summer course by Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Durham University, on “God and

The link to the talk given at the summer course by Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Durham University, on “God and Cosmology” shown in the emailed version of the newsletter had a digit missing.  The correct link is: http://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1764141.

New book "Who is to Blame?" by Bob White now avaialble from the Faraday online shop

June 10, 2014

Bob White, a leading geophysicist, tackles one of the biggest conundrums in Christian thinking. He combines a  profound knowledge of

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Bob White, a leading geophysicist, tackles one of the biggest conundrums in Christian thinking. He combines a  profound knowledge of the science behind dramatic natural events with thorough research into their impact, and underpins it with a carefully reasoned theological response.

RRP £8.99 - Special Price £6


Publisher: Lion Hudson/Monarch
ISBN: 978-085721-473-7

 

7 June 2014 Edinburgh Course cancelled

May 22, 2014

We apologise that the Edinburgh course planned for 7 June has been cancelled because there was insufficient interest.  We hope that

We apologise that the Edinburgh course planned for 7 June has been cancelled because there was insufficient interest.  We hope that we will be able to run something similar in the Edinburgh area in the future.

Tour de France in Cambridge on 7 July - important travel information

May 9, 2014

The Tour de France will be travelling through Cambridge on Monday 7 July 2014.  This will impact on travel arrangements for

The Tour de France will be travelling through Cambridge on Monday 7 July 2014.  This will impact on travel arrangements for those arriving for the summer course on both Sunday the 6th and Monday 7th.

A new map of closed roads and official crossing points is now available;
www.cambridge.gov.uk/sites/www.cambridge.gov.uk/files/documents/TDF_Race_Route_Cambridge.pdf

We believe that travel across the city will by unrestricted until about 3 or 4pm on the 6th but after that many of the roads will be closed.

The course is taking place at Lucy Cavendish College which is on the west of the city.  Access from the M11 or the Madingley Park and Ride site should not be affected. Coaches from the airport stop at Madingley and this may be a reliable (if somewhat slow) way to travel.

We will update this information as details becomes available or you can find out more from the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

 

 

New collaboration with God and the Big Bang Project.

May 2, 2014

  The Faraday Institute is delighted to announce a collaboration with the God and the Big Bang project. This project, led

 

The Faraday Institute is delighted to announce a collaboration with the God and the Big Bang project. This project, led by Executive Director Michael Harvey, has just received three years funding to run science and religion workshops in secondary schools in the UK. The Faraday Institute will be providing a programme of training in science and religion in the classroom for those who will facilitate the workshops. The Project is looking to appoint a full time Administrator who will work with the Executive Director to organise effectively the various aspects of God and the Big Bang. For further details and a job description please contact michael@mjhassociates.org.uk.

Uses and Abuses of Biology student bursary competition!

April 3, 2014

We are pleased to offer up to 10 bursaries for PhD students (sorry, no undergraduates or post-docs!) to attend the

We are pleased to offer up to 10 bursaries for PhD students (sorry, no undergraduates or post-docs!) to attend the Uses and Abuses of Biology workshop from 19th - 21st September in Christ's College, Cambridge. The workshop is being held to share some of the key and exciting findings of the UAB Research Programme with the international media. Participants will have the chance to mingle with leading academics in the field, researchers from the UAB programme and journalists and broadcasters from around the world. For more information, or to apply, go to www.uabgrants.org, or email Nell Whiteway on faraday.grants@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 15th May.

Faraday-St Edmund's College Bursaries

January 28, 2014

Faraday-St Edmund's College Bursaries The Faraday Institute is able to offer a limited number of bursaries for student members of St

Faraday-St Edmund's College Bursaries

The Faraday Institute is able to offer a limited number of bursaries for student members of St Edmund's College, Cambridge to attend our courses. Each Bursary covers the full cost of the Course Fee and food (apart from breakfast). For details see Faraday-St Edmund's College Bursaries.

Post graduate support

The Faraday Institute also offers bursaries of up to £7500 towards the cost of a postgraduate degree in any topic related to science and religion.  For further details please contact
faraday.administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk
 

'Greening the Gods' Conference booking now open

January 9, 2014

Academic Conference (non-residential)   Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World   18th-19th March 2014     This interdisciplinary conference will explore pagan, Jewish

Academic Conference (non-residential)
 
Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World
 
18th-19th March 2014
 
 
This interdisciplinary conference will explore pagan, Jewish and Christian ideas about the intersection of theology and ecology. How did these ancient thinkers understand their natural environment to stand in relation to the divine? And how did this understanding condition human interaction with the natural world?
 
At the same time, the conference will consider what impact, if any, should ancient thinking about the environment have on our own ecological thinking? As such this conference aims, in a mutually reinforcing process, to shape both our knowledge of the ancient world and the work of those who are writing the theology, philosophy and ethics of the twenty-first century.
The conference is sponsored jointly by the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and will be held in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.
 
Further details including a booking form can be found on the Conferences page of this website.

The death is announced of Prof. Ian Barbour, considered to be the founder of the present field of science and religion.

January 2, 2014

We regret to announce the death of Prof. Ian Barbour died on December 24th. Obituaries have been published by  Carleton College and the John Templeton Foundation. Click

We regret to announce the death of Prof. Ian Barbour died on December 24th.

Obituaries have been published by  Carleton College and the John Templeton Foundation.

Click here to watch Ian Barbour reflect on his 1989–90 Gifford Lectures, videotaped on June 1, 2012 at the British Academy in London.

Living Lightly, Living Faithfully - new book from the Faraday Institute now avaialble

November 13, 2013

Living Lightly, Living Faithfully explores the distinctive contributions that religions can make to confronting the challenges of sustainability. Originating from

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Living Lightly, Living Faithfully explores the distinctive contributions that religions can make to confronting the challenges of sustainability. Originating from a conference at Cambridge University, it contains essays from a wide variety of authors representing diverse faith and secular positions, helping us chart a path towards a more sustainable future, and inspiring us to set out on it with renewed passion and hope.

Editors: Colin Bell, Jonathan Chaplin and Robert White

Print and electronic versions avaialble from the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

Alister McGrath appointed to Idreos Chair of Science and Religion at Oxford

November 6, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Alister McGrath, a Faraday Institute Advisory Board Member, has been appointed to the

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Alister McGrath, a Faraday Institute Advisory Board Member, has been appointed to the Idreos Chair of Science and Religion at Oxford University. Prof. McGrath will be taking up his new appointment on April 1st 2014. The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Prof. McGrath on his new position.

Friday 25 October "Boosting the Brain" Faraday Instititute at the Festival of Ideas

October 23, 2013

From 'smart' drugs developed in pharmacology to the proposal of cybernetic implants as a means of enhancing brain function. Just

From 'smart' drugs developed in pharmacology to the proposal of cybernetic implants as a means of enhancing brain function. Just how far are we prepared to go in boosting our brains? Prof. Barbara Sahakian, Dr. Raymond Tallis, Dr. Alasdair Coles, and Dr. Pete Moore discuss the latest developments and implications.

This panel discussion will take place as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

It will be held in the Queen's Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Friday 25th October.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

A book stall and refreshments will be available after the event.

Monday 4 November The Faraday Institute annual reception for Cambridge scientists

October 23, 2013

The Faraday Institute will hold the second annual reception on Monday 4th November 2013 starting from 6.00 p.m. in The

The Faraday Institute will hold the second annual reception on Monday 4th November 2013 starting from 6.00 p.m. in The Guildhall. The invitation is for all in the Cambridge area who self-identify as scientists (from graduate students to FRS’s and Nobel prize-winners) and who also self-identify as Christians.

This year's speaker will be Professor Andrew Wyllie FRS, previously Head of the Department of Pathology at Cambridge.

The purpose of the free event is to provide a convivial opportunity to meet other Christians in the Cambridge scientific community, to hear a short talk by a well-known local speaker, and to spend some time in disciplinary discussion groups.

There will also be an opportunity to publicise any relevant activities in which you may be involved and to hear what’s going on in Cambridge. In addition there will be an extensive book-stall relating to science and religion.

To register or to find out more go to www.cambridgereception.org or contact the Faraday Administrator (faraday.administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk).

BIG BANG, BIG GOD - new book by Rodney Holder available from the on-line shop

October 23, 2013

How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Does a scientific explanation mean that we can do without

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How did the universe begin and how has it evolved? Does a scientific explanation mean that we can do without God? Why are the laws of nature so special (so "fine-tuned") as to produce a universe with intelligent creatures in it? Can the existence of a multiverse – a vast or infinite collection of universes – explain the specialness of this universe? This book argues that only God provides an explanation for the universe to exist at all, and that design by God provides the most rational explanation for its fine-tuning.

RRP £8.99 - available from the on-line shop at a special price of £6.

JOB VACANCY - EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

September 13, 2013

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is looking for a dynamic and proactive individual to be responsible for all

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is looking for a dynamic and proactive individual to be responsible for all the external communications of the Institute.

Applications quoting Position FP2/11 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Wednesday 16th October 2013. A Job Description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.

More information is available here.

 

 

Hope in an Age of Despair by Jonathan Moo and Bob White now avaialble in the Faraday on-line shop

June 19, 2013

In the face of Climate change and other environmental trends, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future. The

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In the face of Climate change and other environmental trends, it is easy to be pessimistic about the future.

The authors' own conclusion is that there is in fact plenty of cause for concern but they reflect on just what difference the Bible's vision of the future of all of creation makes to how we live now and respond to the challenges facing life on earth.

 

 

The Faraday Institute in Central America

June 12, 2013

The Faraday Institute has partnered with local organisers in Mexico and Guatemala to run two very successful courses on Science

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The Faraday Institute has partnered with local organisers in Mexico and Guatemala to run two very successful courses on Science and Religion in May.

In Puebla, Mexico, the course was sponsored by UPAEP, (Universidad Popular Autonomo de l’Estade de Puebla) a private Catholic University in the city, and formed part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. A mainly academic audience of about 50 people heard lectures from distinguished Latin American speakers as well as Denis Alexander and Rodney Holder from The Faraday Institute and John Walton from Wheaton College. The provision of simultaneous translation enabled everyone to fully participate in lectures and discussions.
 
The course in Guatemala City, entitled ‘Science and Faith: Two Windows, One Reality’, took place at SETECA (Seminario Theológico Centroamericano) and was attended by over 70 scientists, theologians, and social scientists representing a wide range of ages and stages, including many theological students from the seminary. There was great enthusiasm among many of the participants for continuing the science and faith dialogue in Guatemala, and the organisers are already talking about running another course in the future.

 

Published: "Georges Lemaitre: Life, Science and Legacy"

April 25, 2013

Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, edited by Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society/Springer) has been published. The

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Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, edited by Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (Royal Astronomical Society/Springer) has been published. The book examines the historical, cosmological and theological issues surrounding the development of the Big Bang theory from the pioneering work of Lemaître up to the present day. Copies are now available from the Faraday online shop

A PDF promotional flyer is available here.

Faraday Courses Overseas

March 27, 2013

This summer sees Faraday courses taking place in three overseas locations: Mexico Course: Cosmological Models and the Laws of the Universe

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This summer sees Faraday courses taking place in three overseas locations:

Mexico Course:
Cosmological Models and the Laws of the Universe - Scientific Truth and Theological Perspective
May 13-14, 2013

Guatemala Course:
Science and Faith - Two Windows, One Reality
May 16-19, 2013

Russia Course:
An Introduction to the Science-Religion Dialogue
June 27-30, 2013

See the Courses page on the Faraday website for more information.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speaks in Cambridge

March 20, 2013

On 17 March, more than 200 people listened to NASA astronomer Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speak in Cambridge, and she enthralled

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On 17 March, more than 200 people listened to NASA astronomer Dr. Jennifer Wiseman speak in Cambridge, and she enthralled the audience with a fascinating presentation on the search for exoplanets and the implications of finding life ‘out there’.

Part of the University of Cambridge’s annual Science Festival, Dr. Wiseman’s talk “Other worlds: exoplanets and discovering life beyond Earth” was full of awe-inspiring images from the Hubble telescope, as well as thought-provoking reflections from the world of philosophy and religion.
 
During her Faraday Institute-hosted visit to the UK, Dr. Wiseman also spoke in three schools in the Cambridge area, bringing cutting-edge science and astronomy to hundreds of pupils eager to learn about our place in the universe.
 
Dr. Wiseman’s talk will soon be available on the Faraday website (a link will appear here).

Machines in the Image of God?

March 6, 2013

Recent advances in psychological theories of emotion and affect, and their embodiment in computational systems will enable new applications in

Recent advances in psychological theories of emotion and affect, and their embodiment in computational systems will enable new applications in commerce, education, entertainment, security, therapy and everyday life. The advent of machines that recognise and express emotions takes us one step closer to making machines in the image of God. Is it a step too far? There are also important issues of privacy and personal expression that must be considered.

Peter Robinson, Professor of Computer Technology in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, will address these themes in a public lecture organised by The Faraday Institute on 7 March in Cambridge. Prof. Robinson leads the Rainbow Research Group working on computer graphics and interaction, and his research concerns problems at the boundary between people and computers. This involves investigating new technologies to enhance communication between computers and their users, and new applications to exploit these technologies. He has led investigations of the inference of people's mental states from facial expressions, vocal nuances, body posture and gesture, and other physiological signals, and also considered the expression of emotions by robots and cartoon avatars. Professor Robinson is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Machines in the Image of God?

Thursday 7 March, 5.30pm

Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Free entry, no need to book

 

JOB VACANCIES Coordinator for Templeton World Charity Foundation Projects and Themes (2 posts)

March 4, 2013

Professor Andrew Briggs (University of Oxford) is looking for two people to work with him on the development of themes and

Professor Andrew Briggs (University of Oxford) is looking for two people to work with him on the development of themes and proposals for Templeton World Charity Foundation. These will be fixed-term University appointments, at a grade corresponding to the high level of responsibility.

For more information see below or go to:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=106674

Coordinator for Templeton World Charity Foundation Projects and Themes (2 posts)

Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 8: Salary in the range £37,382 - £39,649 p.a.

We have a vacancy for two high level coordinators to provide academic analysis of topics suitable for development into funding themes consistent with the aims of Sir John Templeton in the general area of new spiritual information through science. The persons appointed will work with Professor Briggs to formulate funding themes and to develop proposals from researchers around the world for grants from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). Applicants will have an excellent degree and a doctorate in a subject relevant to TWCF grant making, such as natural or social sciences, or theology or philosophy, together with knowledge and experience of funding agencies and grant making processes. An essential skill is writing to a high standard based on analysis of complex documents.

The largest core funding area of this major philanthropic funding agency is research, education and other outreaches about basic understanding of reality governing the universe and humanity's place in it, and the application of these discoveries to bring about widened meaning and purpose. In addition, TWCF supports research and programmes in other areas including Freedom and Free Enterprise and Character Development.

Although the core of the work will be performed in Oxford, there may be requirements to travel to meetings anywhere in the world, including Nassau in the Bahamas, either alone or with Professor Briggs or others. The posts are funded through a contract between TWCF and the University of Oxford, and are available immediately for appointment until 30 June 2015.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 25 March 2013 with interviews currently planned for 16 April 2013.

Contact Person :        Mrs R Bradford  Vacancy ID :    106674
Contact Phone :         Closing Date :  25-Mar-2013
Contact Email :

rebecca.bradford@materials.ox.ac.uk?subject=Coordinator%20for%20Templeton%20World%20Charity%20Foundation%20Projects%20and%20Themes%20(2%20posts)

 

Faraday smartphone app launched

February 1, 2013

The Faraday Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its very own smartphone app, making its unparalleled educational resources

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The Faraday Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its very own smartphone app, making its unparalleled educational resources available to an even wider global community. Leading the debate in science and religion, The Faraday Institute’s news, updates, and interviews are now even easier to access.

Currently available on Android platform-handsets and iPhones, the app features the best of the Institute's online content - such as the daily newsfeed, an event calendar, YouTube clips, and staff contact information.
 
The app has been developed by Mickey & Mallory, a creative agency that specialises in collaborative design and knowledge marketing.
 
We encourage you to download the app and tell your friends and colleagues.

The Android platform app can be found in the Google Play store here.
The iPhone app can be found online here.

 

The Isaac Newton Guide Book - now in stock

January 29, 2013

The Isaac Newton Guide Book has now been published by The Faraday Institute. You can purchase the book via the Faraday

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The Isaac Newton Guide Book has now been published by The Faraday Institute.

You can purchase the book via the Faraday online shop. The RRP is £25 but it will be available via the Faraday shop for the discounted price of £15. Orders need to specify whether you need a PAL (Europe) or NTSC (North America) format DVD.

The book includes the text of the Faraday-sponsored play ‘Let Newton Be!’ together with eight specially commissioned essays about Newton by experts in the field, all lavishly illustrated in colour with 86 photos. There is also a preface by Stephen Hawking, an introduction by playwright Craig Baxter, and a DVD of the Menagerie Theatre Company production.
 
A promotional brochure is also now available to view and download here.

Dr Denis Alexander gives Gifford Lectures at St Andrews (UPDATED)

January 22, 2013

Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute Dr Denis Alexander began his Gifford lecture series at St Andrews University Monday night,

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Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute Dr Denis Alexander began his Gifford lecture series at St Andrews University Monday night, speaking to a packed lecture theatre on the introductory topic ‘Genes, History and Ideology’.

During the week, Dr Alexander has addressed different aspects of the topic, with the final lecture coming on Friday night. The overall theme is ‘Genes, Determinism and God’.
 
On Monday, an audience of around 170 attended the first lecture of the series, when Dr Alexander gave a broad historical sweep of the different approaches to the question of ‘nature and nurture’. Painting a background picture that went from ancient Mesopotamia to Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill and Francis Galton, via Plato, Augustine, Descartes and John Locke, Dr Alexander then spent time looking at the swings and trends of the debate through the twentieth century.
 
Describing a shift in those shaping the debate, from philosophers and politicians to biologists, medics and anthropologists, Dr Alexander highlighted some of the major themes of previous decades like behaviourism, cultural anthropology, neo-Darwinian synthesis, eugenics, sociobiology, and behavioural genetics.
 
Dr Alexander was keen to stress how dichotomous ways of thinking have had an unhelpful influence on the discussion, which has often been reduced to an adversarial ‘genes vs. environment’ or ‘nature vs. nurture’ approach (with one of the factors being treatment of the issue in the media and popular culture). Dr Alexander aims with these lectures to change the goal posts, and to show how contemporary biology provides a framework or matrix that does greater justice to the complexity of human identity and personhood. “The contemporary biological picture”, comments Dr Alexander “is a gift to natural theology”. 
 
The Gifford Lectures were established to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term”, and have been delivered annually since 1888 at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews.
 
(More photos from the event are available on Flickr here)

UPDATED 22/1/13

Video recordings of the lectures are now online.

Get involved in our project on European science values

January 7, 2013

The Faraday project "Restoring Spiritual Values to European Science: The New Renaissance" is calling for participants for its current survey. If

The Faraday project "Restoring Spiritual Values to European Science: The New Renaissance" is calling for participants for its current survey.

If you work at any level of the science and research arena (from academia to industry, from the library to the lab, from research to management) in any EU member state, we would love to hear your views on the future of European science policy. Our survey is divided into 5 manageable sections and is available online now. Answer all 5 sections of the survey and leave at least your name and e-mail address on each section to be entered into a prize draw to win an invite (and a travel voucher) to attend our future workshop in Brussels* to discuss your views with major actors and stakeholders in the European Research Area (*details tbc).

Links to all the survey sections can be found on the project's website: www.restoringspiritualvalues.wordpress.com

You can also keep up to date with news articles related to science and research in the EU via the project's 'Facebook' page, accessible at: www.facebook.com/RestoringSpiritualValues

Or simply 'follow' the project on Twitter @EUScienceValues

Thank you for your interest!

Dr. Diana Jane Beech
Faraday Research Associate

St. Edmunds College Faraday Bursaries

November 27, 2012

The Faraday Institute exists to promote research and understanding in the area of science and religion. It is now offering

The Faraday Institute exists to promote research and understanding in the area of science and religion. It is now offering bursaries to St. Edmund College students to fund areas of their interests and research which may fall within the domain of science and religion, interpreted broadly.

This may involve financial support for attendance at conferences or courses; funding aspects of research which touch on the science-religion field; or helping those who wish to publish in this field.

Applications consisting of a c/v together with a letter explaining why the financial support is needed, together with a summary budget, should be sent to Mrs Polly Stanton at The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk].

There are no dead-lines for applications and bursaries will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds last.

Inaugural Faraday Institute reception held in Cambridge

November 22, 2012

Around 150 scientists from a Christian background in the Cambridge area attended the inaugural Faraday Institute annual reception at The

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Around 150 scientists from a Christian background in the Cambridge area attended the inaugural Faraday Institute annual reception at The Guildhall on Monday.

The central Cambridge venue provided the perfect setting for mingling over a buffet, as academics, researchers, and professionals met, chatted, and networked.
 
Refreshments were followed by a short address from the Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS on “being a Christian in science”, before attendees broke down into disciplinary area small groups to facilitate further discussion and sharing.
 
More information about the reception can be found here, including details on how to register for information about the 2013 event.

Forthcoming publication "The Isaac Newton Guide Book"

November 13, 2012

We are delighted to announce that The Faraday Institute will shortly be publishing The Isaac Newton Guide Book, which will

We are delighted to announce that The Faraday Institute will shortly be publishing The Isaac Newton Guide Book, which will contain the text of the Faraday-sponsored play ‘Let Newton Be!’ together with eight specially commissioned essays about Newton by experts in the field, all lavishly illustrated in colour with 86 photos.

The Isaac Newton Guide Book features a preface by Stephen Hawking and is endorsed by, among others, Lord Martin Rees FRS, until recently Master of Trinity College at Cambridge, who comments:
 
"Trinity College was pleased to host the opening performances of Let Newton Be! as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the University of Cambridge. It is good to now see the text of the play made available to a wider audience, together with newly commissioned essays that shed new light on this complex and brilliant figure from the history of science".
 
The book also comes with an introduction by playwright Craig Baxter, and a DVD of the Menagerie Theatre Company production.
 
Details on how to purchase the book will appear in due course on the Faraday website. It will be on sale via the Faraday online Shop for the discounted price of £15.00 which includes the DVD film of the play.

JOB VACANCY - POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (THE SEA IN SCRIPTURE)

October 12, 2012

A position is open for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored by the Faraday Institute for Science

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A position is open for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. The post is available immediately and will continue until the end of January 2015. The research associate will conduct a study of the biblical material on the oceans and seas, following the trajectory through scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The aim will be to develop a biblical theology of the sea and seek to apply this to how we should treat the ocean, which covers 70% of the Earth, the creatures living in it and the resources it contains. The post will be under the supervision of Prof Meric Srokosz, associate director of the Faraday Institute (who is also an oceanographer working at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton).

The successful candidate will have, or will soon complete, a Ph.D. in biblical studies and must be comfortable handling both New and Old Testament material. The applicant must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary will be up to £29,741 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/10 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. For further details about the project please contact Mrs Polly Stanton [ps400@cam.ac.uk]. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Friday 23rd November 2012. Interviews will be held in early to mid-December. 

New appointments

October 1, 2012

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Bob White FRS as its

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Bob White FRS as its new Director and Professor Meric Srokosz as the new Associate Director.

These appointments take place as Dr Denis Alexander retires as Director, after nearly seven years in his role as the head of the Institute. Dr Alexander will continue to work with The Faraday Institute as Principal Investigator of the Uses and Abuses Biology Grants Programme, as well as in a research project entitled ‘Genes, Determinism and God’, the theme of his forthcoming Gifford Lectures to take place at St. Andrew’s University on 3-7 December 2012. Dr Alexander was appointed a fellow of the College in 1997 and has now become an Emeritus Fellow.
 
Bob White has been Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge since 1989, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. Prof. White is also a Fellow of St Edmund's College and was a founding Director of the Faraday Institute with Denis Alexander. He leads a research group investigating the Earth’s dynamic crust, and his scientific work is published in over 300 papers and articles.
 
Meric Srokosz is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre and Science Co-ordinator of the NERC Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) programme and follow-on RAPID-WATCH programme. RAPID is looking at “fast” (decadal timescale) climate changes with a focus on the role of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Prof. Srokosz’s role in RAPID involves interactions with government and policy makers, nationally and internationally. In addition to a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in mathematics, Prof. Srokosz also has a BA in Theology and has been a Faraday Associate since 2008.

FARADAY COURSE DIRECTOR JOB VACANCY

August 10, 2012

The position of Course Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, has become vacant

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The position of Course Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, has become vacant due to the retirement of the present post-holder in January 2013.

The post, two years in the first instance, involves a 50% time commitment to the coordination and organisation of Faraday Courses and 50% to a research topic of the applicant’s choosing in the field of science and religion.  The extent and nature of Faraday Courses, some of which are held overseas, may be viewed at www.faraday-institute.org. The successful candidate will have a strong academic record, good knowledge of the science and religion field, organisational and personal skills, and will be in agreement with the Christian ethos of The Faraday Institute.

The salary will be up to £41,150 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits. Applications quoting Position FP2/9 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 30th September 2012. Interviews will be held from 1st October, 2012, onwards. A Job Description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.

 

 

Two lectures on evolution

June 19, 2012

In late May, The Faraday Institute hosted a pair of lectures on evolution by experts in their fields. On 24

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In late May, The Faraday Institute hosted a pair of lectures on evolution by experts in their fields. On 24 May, Prof. Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin-Madison), one of the leading philosophers of biology in the world today, spoke on ‘Naturalism and Evolutionary Theory’.

According to current evolutionary theory, much of the variety we see in nature – including the things that make you and me unique – is generated by random, unguided changes in DNA, or "mutations". This description may not sit comfortably with a theistic believer who understands God to be intimately and actively involved with His creation. However, Sober argued that evolutionary theory does not necessarily rule out the idea that God could guide mutations.
 
Sober pointed out that when biologists refer to mutations as ‘unguided’, they do not mean that mutations have no cause. And whilst we know of some physical processes that cause mutations, we certainly don't have any assurance that we know all of them. Sober likened this to tossing a coin: we know the probability of getting heads or tails but when the coin lands on heads, we don't know all the causes of this event - our explanation is causally incomplete.
 
He said that if you are an evidentialist - someone who thinks that you can only believe what we have evidence for - then you should be agnostic about whether God guides mutation. If you reject evidentialism, then you are of course free to believe that God guides mutations, or, conversely, that mutations are definitely not guided by a God. Evolutionary theory cannot tell you whether to be an evidentialist or not. So, if you adopt a non-agnostic position, it is important to realise that you are doing this on the basis of a philosophy, not on the basis of evolutionary theory itself. 
 
A few days later, on 28 May, a lecture on ‘The Evolution of Cooperation’ was given by Martin Nowak, Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University. Beginning with an analysis of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, a classic topic in game theory, he went on to show how the interplay of strategies of cooperation and defection works out in more realistic situations. Hence he was able to show how behaviours such as forgiveness and direct and indirect reciprocity would give a pay off.
 
Direct reciprocity is of the ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours variety’, whereas indirect reciprocity is the receipt of a benefit from an individual other than the one the recipient has helped. The latter is based on reputation and it is what has made us human, because it requires language. Nowak quoted David Haig’s pithy way of putting it: ‘For direct reciprocity you need a face. For indirect reciprocity you need a name.’ Nowak said that no non-human animals have the ability of naming. Nowak claims that the old idea of kin selection (behaviour which helps relatives) is flawed and that standard natural selection is a superior approach for interpreting empirical observations.
 
Those who wish to read more about Martin Nowak’s viewpoint may find a popular version in an article by him in the current edition of Scientific American.

[Photo: Faraday Director Dr Denis Alexander (left) with Prof. Elliott Sober (right)]

INVITATION TO BRITISH ACADEMY FOR GIFFORD LECTURES EVENT

May 23, 2012

Event:   “Reflections of Templeton Laureates, Gifford Lecturers”   Date:      Friday 1 June 2012, 2:00 to 6:00 PM   Venue:   British Academy, 10-11 Carleton House Terrace   Seven past Templeton

Event:   “Reflections of Templeton Laureates, Gifford Lecturers”
 
Date:      Friday 1 June 2012, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Venue:   British Academy, 10-11 Carleton House Terrace
 
Seven past Templeton Prize winners – theologians, scientists, and philosophers including Martin Rees and Freeman Dyson -- will examine how their ideas in previous Gifford lectures have changed and what may be in store for the future.  Two panels of Laureates will convene on Friday 1 June from 2 PM to 6 PM, at the British Academy.
 
Among the questions the Prize winners will tackle are:
•                  What has happened in the intervening years that you expected? Or was unexpected?
•                  What would you like to know now (if you had a crystal ball) for your theoretical Gifford Lecture 20 years from now?
 
This event is free to the public, but due to limited seating please RSVP: http://events.templeton.org/reflections/  
 
For more information, speak to:
 
Don Lehr:  +1 917 304 4058 or +44 (0)7866 634 556 / dblehr@cs.com
Andy Bloxham:  +44 (0)20 7861 2507 /  +44 (0) 7500 954 088 abloxham@bell-pottinger.co.uk

Course bursaries available for RE teachers and trainee teachers

April 10, 2012

The Faraday Institute is delighted to announce the award of a most generous grant of £21,563 from the St Gabriel’s

The Faraday Institute is delighted to announce the award of a most generous grant of £21,563 from the St Gabriel’s Trust to fund bursaries to teachers and trainee teachers of Religious Education to attend Faraday courses. This significant grant will fund 12 places on courses per year for the next three years. The impact of this grant on the study of the science-religion relationship in schools will be substantially enhanced by the dissemination of information and materials by the grant recipients.

For more information contact the Faraday Institute adminstrator, Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk

 

Lectures on sustainable development in Kuala Lumpur

March 19, 2012

The Director recently participated in a new collaborative initiative between the University of Cambridge and The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in

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The Director recently participated in a new collaborative initiative between the University of Cambridge and The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. 

A series of lectures on sustainable development was sponsored by the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust in association with the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre directed by Dr Anil Seal, Fellow of Trinity College, who played an important role in initiating the event.

The lectures were hosted by the Pro-Chancellor of UKM, Tun. Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin.

The lectures took place over the period 8-10 March in Kuala Lumpur and were attended by a wide range of academics from local universities, including UKM, as well as representatives from local government ministries.

The lecturers were Prof. Christopher Rapley, Professor of Climate Change at University College London, Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, and previously Director of the Science Museum, London, and Director of the British Antarctic Survey; Prof. Michael Norton from the Innovation Management Institute at Shinshu University, Japan; Prof. Sir Brian Heap FRS, formerly Master of St. Edmund’s College, Foreign Secretary of The Royal Society and founding Chair of the Faraday Institute Advisory Board; as well as the Director of The Faraday Institute.

Lecture topics ranged broadly across the field of sustainable development with a focus on the ethical challenges raised by contemporary science. Topics included climate science; sustainable consumption and production; stem cells and synthetic biology; and the role of genetically modified crops in helping to feed the world. The Institute Director’s lectures addressed the question of evolution and creationism, as well as the particular topic of human evolution and the challenges that it presents concerning questions of human value and identity.

The final morning of the conference saw an extended round-table discussion chaired by the Vice-Chancellor in which there was a broad-ranging discussion of the various topics raised in the lectures.

It is expected that the conference will be the start of a series of collaborative events between Cambridge University and the Malaysian academic community.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN NATURAL DISASTERS

February 27, 2012

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN NATURAL DISASTERS A position has become available for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
IN NATURAL DISASTERS

A position has become available for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. It is available immediately, and will continue until the end of January 2015. The research associate will conduct a study into the way in which cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, behaviours and practices of people cause them to respond differently to natural disasters, and ways in which this understanding might be used to mitigate or adapt to future possible disasters. It will be under the supervision of Prof Robert White, FRS (University of Cambridge, www.esc.cam.ac.uk).

The successful candidate could come from one of a range of disciplines, including biblical studies, sociology, geography and earth sciences. They will have a university degree in a relevant subject. It is likely that the successful candidate will also have a higher degree such as a MSc or PhD. There will be opportunities for field work abroad, possibly in collaboration with an aid agency. The applicant must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary will be up to £27,478 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/8 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Tuesday 1st May 2012. Interviews will be held in early May. For further details about the project please contact Mrs Polly Stanton.

A pdf containing this information is available here

Jurgen Moltmann - "From Physics To Theology: A Personal Story"

February 20, 2012

On Feb 14th Prof. Jürgen Moltmann, one of the most influential European theologians over the past half a century, addressed

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On Feb 14th Prof. Jürgen Moltmann, one of the most influential European theologians over the past half a century, addressed a packed Cambridge lecture theatre, at the termly Faraday public lecture entitled ‘From Physics to Theology – a Personal Story’. An audience of over 200 in Emmanuel College took advantage of a unique opportunity to hear Prof. Moltmann share insights from his own extraordinary life story, as well as to ask their own questions.

Growing up in a secular home, Moltmann had been keen to study science and mathematics, an education interrupted by the Second World War. The formative experience of his life came when he was taken prisoner, and spent time as a German POW in Belgium, Scotland, and northern England. It was during this period that Prof. Moltmann began to reflect on the Christian message for the first time, reflection born out of his own profound experience of death and suffering, and after the end of the war he switched to a career in theology.
 
The other major theme of the lecture was the relationships between science, beauty, truth, and wisdom. Moltmann discussed how science and religion belong together as twin means of searching what holds nature together in its innermost being.
 
Moltmann spoke of how science ought to seek beauty, on the basis that beauty is a sign of truth and simplicity, and science is a truth-seeking exercise. Beauty, simplicity and unity are signs that what we are seeing is from the creator, well illustrated by some of the greatest discoveries in the history of science. Moltmann also argued that science should be pursued for its own sake and not primarily for its utilitarian value.
 
Moltmann concluded with a warning that the ethical power of humanity is still underdeveloped, compared to the increase in scientific and technological power. “Truth is what we seek in both science and spirituality, and the beauty of both may sometimes redeem the world.”

Full audio and video of the lecture is available here.

JOB VACANCY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

November 23, 2011

The Faraday Institute, based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, is a leading research centre and think-tank on science and

The Faraday Institute, based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, is a leading research centre and think-tank on science and religion. The Institute is now seeking a senior academic to take up the post of Associate Director during 2012. The position involves research, administration and grant-writing. The Associate Director must be in full agreement with the aims and ethos of the Institute. The full-time post may be available half-time to an applicant with other prior research commitments. The remuneration package will be commensurate with the seniority and responsibilities of the position.

Applications quoting Position FP2/7 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 31st January 2012. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.

A pdf of this text is available here.

Faraday Institute Events in India

October 20, 2011

At the beginning of October, the Faraday Institute’s Director, Dr Denis Alexander, and Course Director, the Revd Dr Rodney Holder,

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At the beginning of October, the Faraday Institute’s Director, Dr Denis Alexander, and Course Director, the Revd Dr Rodney Holder, travelled to India to lecture on science and religion in two very different contexts. Along with Professor Ross McKenzie, Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland, Australia, they delivered a course module of 12 lectures on ‘Science, Religion and Apologetics’ to Masters degree students at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore. They then lectured at a day seminar entitled ‘When Science Knocks on Heaven’s Doors’ for members of the Indian Institutes of Science and local churches.

The three speakers then travelled to Kerala to deliver three lectures each at an ‘International Course on Science and Religious Beliefs’, carried out in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of the Mar Thoma Church. At this course two lectures were also delivered by Professor Babu Joseph, former Professor of Physics and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cochin. The venue was the idyllic location of the Shanthigiri Ashram, Aluva, Cochin. The team was greeted by the Metropolitan and Suffragan Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church, and was also treated to a cultural evening of traditional Kathakali dance. The course was organized in Kerala by Prof George Varghese, assisted by Prof. Roys P. David, both alumni of Faraday courses in Cambridge.
During the two weeks in India, the Faraday-sponsored team explored many significant areas of interaction between science and religion, covering such topics as scientific and theological epistemology, critical realism, the historical relationship between science and theology, cosmology, biological evolution, prayer, emergence and eschatology.

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Lecturing at SAIACS

Cultural evening at the Ashram

Felicitations and gifts from the Mar Thoma Church

Job Vacancy - Neurology Post-Doctoral Research Associate

September 22, 2011

A 36-month fixed term contract has become available for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored by the

A 36-month fixed term contract has become available for a Research Associate to carry out a project sponsored by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. The research associate will conduct a study into the religious beliefs, behaviours and practices of people with various neurological diseases, under the supervision of Dr Alasdair Coles (University of Cambridge http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?Alcool), with whom the Associate will be based.

The successful candidate will have a university degree in a relevant biological science, ideally involving neuroscience and psychology. It is likely that the successful candidate will have a PhD in the neurosciences or psychology, but exceptionally we would consider offering this post to a PhD student.  The applicant must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary will be up to £27,478 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/2 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Tuesday 1st November 2011. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.  Interviews will be held in early November.

A pdf of this text is available here.

Job Vacancy - Post-Doctoral Research Associate

September 22, 2011

A post-doctoral Research Associate position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge

A post-doctoral Research Associate position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. The post involves working with Prof. John Wood [Imperial College, London] on a project entitled “Restoring Spiritual Values to European Research”. The overall object is to compare the current status of the European Research Area and its underlying values with those of the founders of the concept of European partnership, with particular reference to religious values.

The successful candidate will have independent research experience and an interest in international research policy and outcomes, and must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary for this three-year position will be up to £32,161 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/6 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by Tuesday 1st November 2011. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton. Interviews will be held in early November.

A pdf of this text is available here.

 

New Grants Programme Open - Uses and Abuses of Biology

August 31, 2011

The new Faraday Institute Grants Programme, the Uses and Abuses of Biology, is now accepting applications for funding.  Academics from

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The new Faraday Institute Grants Programme, the Uses and Abuses of Biology, is now accepting applications for funding.  Academics from any university in the world are invited to apply by 31st October 2011. 

The aim of the interdisciplinary Programme is to investigate contemporary non-scientific uses and abuses of biological thought (beneficial, benign or negative) in the domains of philosophy, the social sciences, the media, religion and politics.

Further details and applications forms are available at www.uabgrants.org and on the attached poster.

Director on Australian Radio

August 30, 2011

Denis Alexander participated in a discussion on Sunday 28th August for Australian local radio on the current state of the

Denis Alexander participated in a discussion on Sunday 28th August for Australian local radio on the current state of the science-religion discourse.  You can listen to a recording here (48 mins).

Faraday PhD Bursaries Now Available

July 18, 2011

FARADAY PhD STUDENT BURSARIES The Faraday Institute is offering up to three PhD student bursaries to be taken up within a

FARADAY PhD STUDENT BURSARIES

The Faraday Institute is offering up to three PhD student bursaries to be taken up within a UK University during the academic year 2011-2012. Bursaries are a maximum of £3500 per annum and are renewable on an annual basis up to a maximum of three years in total, dependent on performance and outputs. The research topic under investigation must be within the domain of science and religion.

Those who receive a bursary are expected to attend at least one Faraday Course, payable by the Institute, and to present their research findings at a Faraday staff meeting in Cambridge at some point during their bursary year.

Applications should include a c/v containing the names of three referees, one of whom should be the PhD supervisor, a summary (1-2 pages) of the research project and a covering letter explaining how the project fits with the aims and ethos of The Faraday Institute. Please send applications to Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk by Friday 5th August. It is possible that applicants may be called to Cambridge for interview.
 

New book by Director - The Language of Genetics

June 23, 2011

The Language of Genetics, by Dr Denis Alexander is now available from the Faraday Institute Shop, for only £12 (RRP

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The Language of Genetics, by Dr Denis Alexander is now available from the Faraday Institute Shop, for only £12 (RRP £24.99).  For more information, and to buy the book, click here.

Launch of Advisory Board member Sir Colin Humphrey's new book

June 21, 2011

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys will launch his new book at Heffers Book Shop, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 on Thursday 23rd

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys will launch his new book at Heffers Book Shop, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 on Thursday 23rd June at 6.30pm.  He will give a brief introduction to his book and refreshments will be served.  More information about his new book can be found here.  All are welcome to the book launch - if you would like to come, please let Prof. Humpreys know (cjh1001@cam.ac.uk) so that enough refreshments can be provided.

Research Associate Ruth Bancewicz on Channel 4 TV

June 14, 2011

The question of the week on Channel 4's "4thoughtTV" slot last week was "Can we believe in God

The question of the week on Channel 4's "4thoughtTV" slot last week was "Can we believe in God and Darwin?", and Dr Ruth Bancewicz was one of the contributors, arguing that belief in evolution is perfectly compatible with belief in a Creator God. 

Click here to watch the 2 minute video.

JOB VACANCY - BIOLOGY RESEARCH/GRANTS COORDINATOR

June 8, 2011

A 42-month fixed term contract has become available for a Grants Coordinator to be based at the Faraday Institute for

A 42-month fixed term contract has become available for a Grants Coordinator to be based at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. The Coordinator’s time will be 50% in the administration of the international ‘Uses and Abuses of Biology’ grants programme, and 50% in literature-based research on the topic of human behavioural variation in relation to genomic variation.

The successful candidate will have a university degree in a relevant biological science and will have proven organisational and administrative skills. The applicant must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary will be up to £28,444 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position UAB/2 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 4th July. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.  Interviews will be held in early July and the appointment will be made as soon after interview as possible.

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JOB VACANCY FOR FARADAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

May 16, 2011

A Development Officer position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org].

A Development Officer position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge [www.faraday-institute.org]. The successful candidate, who will be based at the Institute, will have significant experience in obtaining grants from foundations and major donors, as well as development of donor data-bases. The Development Officer must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary for this half-time three-year position will be up to £33,783 per annum pro-rata, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/2 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 27th June. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton. 
  
A pdf of this text is avaialble here.

JOB VACANCY - EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

May 13, 2011

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER An External Communications Officer position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

An External Communications Officer position has become available at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The post involves overall responsibility in the communication of the events, activities and outputs of the Institute to the external world, particularly via the media.

The successful candidate will have relevant background experience and must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary for this three-year position will be up to £33,783 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position FP2/1 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 27th June. A Job Description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.

A pdf of this text is available here.

  


   
 

Let Newton Be! Canada/US Tour

May 6, 2011

LET NEWTON BE! IN CANADA AND THE US April 2011 The second half of the international tour of Let Newton Be! took

LET NEWTON BE! IN CANADA AND THE US

April 2011


The second half of the international tour of Let Newton Be! took the cast and crew across the Atlantic to Canada and the United States for a run of eight shows in seventeen days. 

The two performances in Canada, at the University of Toronto on the 13th April and the University of Waterloo on the 15th, were very well received. 

Moving to the United States, the show at the University of Indiana on the 17th was hosted by Professor Bill Newman, in charge of a project to put all of Newton's alchemical writing online, and who also moderated an illuminating post-show discussion.

The next date was at Notre Dame on the 19th April, hosted by the History of Science Society under Jay Malone.  Professor Katherine Brading moderated an after-show discussion which featured Professor Rob Illiffe of The Newton Project and Professor Zvi Biener from the University of Western Michigan, and was followed by a coffee and cake reception.  The venue was the impressive 19th century Washington Hall, home to the Notre Dame ghost of George “The Gipper” Gip, an American Football player who died a tragic early death in 1920.

The largest and most diverse audience came at the next show on the 21st April, at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. It was introduced by the Provost, Kerry Fulcher, and was greatly enjoyed by a mix of people drawn from the university and the local community. 

A performance at New York University’s Gallatin School followed on the 27th April, hosted by Professor Myles Jackson.  This performance was attended by a large group of staff from the Templeton Foundation (which supported the tour with generous funding), and including Dr Jack Templeton himself.  Dr Templeton engaged Professor Jackson with some theological, philosophical and speculative questions during another lively and stimulating discussion after the performance.

The tour came to an end in Boston, very much on a high.  The final performances on the 29th and 30th April were co-sponsored by the Harvard University Department of History of Science (Professor Janet Browne), and the Boston University Center for the Philosophy and History of Science (Professor Alisa Bokulich).  Both were very well received.
 
The show itself grew steadily throughout the tour, ending even stronger – theatrically and intellectually – than it had begun.  Whether this success will inspire another run, only time will tell.  For now, at least, we must let Let Newton Be! be.

JOB VACANCY - POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

April 19, 2011

THE FARADAY INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE A 42-month fixed term contract has become available for a Grants Coordinator to be based

THE FARADAY INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

A 42-month fixed term contract has become available for a Grants Coordinator to be based at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The Coordinator’s time will be 50% in the administration of the international ‘Uses and Abuses of Biology’ grants programme, and 50% in research on the topic of human behavioural variation in relation to genomic variation.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant biological science and will have proven organisational and administrative skills. The applicant must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute. The salary will be up to £28,444 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.

Applications quoting Position UAB/1 should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 27th May 2011. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.  Interviews will be held in early June and the appointment will be made as soon after interview as possible.


St Edmund's College is a registered charity, number 1137454

A pdf of this text is available here.
 

Let Newton Be! Reviewed In Nature

April 18, 2011

Philip Ball's review of the Faraday-sponsored play Let Newton Be! in the journal Nature is available here.

Philip Ball's review of the Faraday-sponsored play Let Newton Be! in the journal Nature is available here.

Successful Lemaitre Conference At Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 7th-10th April

April 11, 2011

The conference to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître's seminal proposal of the 'Primeval Atom' model of the universe

The conference to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître's seminal proposal of the 'Primeval Atom' model of the universe (now known as the Big Bang theory) took place last week at Sidney Sussex College.

Thursday night's opening dinner was attended by Dr Jack Templeton, President of the Templeton Foundation, as well as by Lord Martin Rees, winner of this year's Templeton Prize, who addressed the assembled delgates with a sparkling survey of the current state of cosmological and astronomical research. 

The following three days included lectures on every aspect of Lemaitre's life, work and legacy, and these talks will soon be available to view from the multimedia section of our website.

Above (L to R): Dr Jack Templeton, Prof Michael Heller, Lord Martin Rees, Rev Dr John Polkinghorne, Prof George Ellis (all shown are Templeton Prize winners)

Above: Lord Martin Rees during his opening conference address

Lord Martin Rees FRS Wins 2011 Templeton Prize

April 6, 2011

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Lord Martin Rees FRS on winning the 2011 Templeton Prize announced today (6th

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Lord Martin Rees FRS on winning the 2011 Templeton Prize announced today (6th April). Lord Rees, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and until recently President of The Royal Society, has made seminal discoveries in the area of cosmology and the anthropic fine-tuning of the physical constants that characterise our universe. Lord Rees is also an influential voice in the public understanding of science and its role in society. 

Lord Rees has recently been involved in various events organised by The Faraday Institute – contributing to a panel discussion following a production of ‘Let Newton Be!’ at The Royal Society on 28th March and giving the opening talk at the Georges Lemaître Anniversary Conference on 7th April.
 

LET NEWTON BE! At the Royal Society

March 31, 2011

On the evening of Monday 28th March at London's Royal Society, an audience of some 120 was treated to a

On the evening of Monday 28th March at London's Royal Society, an audience of some 120 was treated to a virtuoso performance of Craig Baxter's innovative play on science and theology in the life of Isaac Newton, Let Newton Be!

Produced by the Menagerie theatre company, commissioned by The Faraday Institute, and with sponsorship from The Order Project, the performance was warmly received as an original and effective means of bringing to life one of the history of science's greatest figures.  The location was particularly appropriate, being the buildings of the society of which Newton was himself president between 1703 and 1727, and attended by both the previous and current presidents, Lord Martin Rees and Sir Paul Nurse respectively.

The show was followed by an illuminating panel discussion during which four distinguished experts gave their thoughts on various aspects of Newton's life and legacy, namely: Prof Rob Iliffe, Prof John Hedley Brooke, Lord Martin Rees and Prof John Barrow.

A flavour of the event can be discerned from the photographs below, from this review by Prof Rob Iliffe published in the Times Higher Education, and also from this review by Margaret Harris in Physics World.

Above - The actors: William Finkenrath as Newton, David Meyer as Sir Issac, and Kate Malyon as Little Isack

Above and below - The panel discussion: Prof John Barrow, Lord Martin Rees, Dr Denis Alexander (chair), Prof John Hedley Brooke, Prof Rob Iliffe

 

Below - the audience

Prof Bob White at Lincoln on Global Warming Challenge

March 21, 2011

On Friday 11th March Associate Director Prof Bob White spoke to nearly 250 people at the University of Lincoln on

On Friday 11th March Associate Director Prof Bob White spoke to nearly 250 people at the University of Lincoln on "Climate Change: the Scientific, Ethical and Moral Issues", and a full report on the event can be read here

Outlining the overwhelming scientific evidence which suggests that human activity is responsible for the current rapid warming of the earth's atmosphere, Prof White also presented a biblically-informed ethical response.  The lecture was extremely well received, prompting many questions and ongoing discussion.

Enhancement Experts Interviewed on Radio Cambs

March 21, 2011

Dr Pete Moore, Lecturer in Ethics at Trinity College Bristol, and Dr Anders Sandberg, Research Fellow at the Future of

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Dr Pete Moore, Lecturer in Ethics at Trinity College Bristol, and Dr Anders Sandberg, Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, were interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's on Sunday 20th March ahead of The Faraday Institute's panel discussion on Saturday 26th entitled "Human Enhancement: How Far Should We Go?". 

You can hear them speaking from 2:25:30 on the recording of the programme here.

Successful Launch of Let Newton Be!

March 21, 2011

Let Newton Be! Launch   The official launch of the 2011 UK and Canadian/US tour of Craig Baxter’s sparkling play Let Newton

Let Newton Be! Launch
 
The official launch of the 2011 UK and Canadian/US tour of Craig Baxter’s sparkling play Let Newton Be! took place in Downing College’s Howard Lecture Theatre on Friday 18th March, with particular support from Cambridge University Press.  Attended by a capacity audience of some 120 people, the wit and invention of a script composed entirely of the authentic words of Newton and his contemporaries shone through, ably delivered by the “three Newtons” (young, middle-aged and old) who share the stage throughout. 
 
Kate Malyon is outstanding as Little Isack, full of the endless curiosity of youth – in Newton’s case, somewhat more acute than the average teenager!  William Finkenrath plays Newton, the Cambridge student and Fellow, portraying expertly both his intellectual intensity and his religious preoccupations.  David Meyer is equally convincing as Sir Isaac, the revered elder statesman of British science, his performance exuding grandeur, authority and the confidence born of an exalted reputation. 
 
Under Patrick Morris’ energetic direction, and framed by a simple but ingenious set, these three fine figures play out an energetic and engaging drama, as Newton wrestles with himself throughout the course of a series of scientific problems, and his passionate theological convictions. 
 
The official launch was followed by two further well-attended shows on Saturday 19th March at the Cambridge Science Festival, and the play now travels to Colchester (22nd March), Grantham (23rd), Rugby (24th), Glasgow (26th), and London's Royal Society (28th), before moving over to the US and Canada for a performance in Toronto on 13th April.

First Faraday Papers in Spanish and in Thai

March 21, 2011

Faraday Paper No 3, "Models for Relating Science and Religion" by Denis Alexander, has just been posted on our website

Faraday Paper No 3, "Models for Relating Science and Religion" by Denis Alexander, has just been posted on our website in Thai.  Also the bilingual book of eight Faraday Papers in Spanish and English will be available soon from the online Faraday Shop.

Jennifer Wiseman on the BBC

March 7, 2011

Dr Jennifer Wiseman's Faraday Lecture on "Exoplanets, Life and Human Significance" was extremely well received by the full house  who

Dr Jennifer Wiseman's Faraday Lecture on "Exoplanets, Life and Human Significance" was extremely well received by the full house  who heard her speak, and has also come to the attention of the local and national press.  You can read a report on the BBC Cambridgeshire website here, and listen to her interview on Woman's Hour here

Dr Wiseman was also interviewed on BBC Radio Cambs' Sunday programme, and you can listen to this item here (2 hours 20 minutes through the show).

A video recording of her lecure is available under the "Multimedia" section of our website.

Death of Ernan McMullin 1924-2011

February 9, 2011

We are sad to announce the death of Ernan McMullin on Feb 8th in his home county of Donegal, Ireland.

We are sad to announce the death of Ernan McMullin on Feb 8th in his home county of Donegal, Ireland. Ernan McMullin was previously the O’Hara Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. An internationally respected philosopher of science, Prof. McMullin was also a specialist on the life and writings of Galileo (see his Faraday Paper No 15 on this topic).  Ernan McMullin was an Honorary Fellow of St. Edmund’s College and was a great friend and mentor of The Faraday Institute, either speaking at or attending all of our five Summer Courses since our founding in 2006. He will be sorely missed.

New blogs from the Director

January 4, 2011

Those interested in the question on of human identity in the context of evolution and genetics may be interested in

Those interested in the question on of human identity in the context of evolution and genetics may be interested in these recent blogs from the Director:

At Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-denis-alexander/human-genomics-and-human-_b_802978.html

At Biologos, a 4-part series starts at:
http://www.biologos.org/blog/models-for-relating-adam-and-eve-with-contemporary-anthropology-part-1/

Or the complete essay (containing the four separate blogs) may be down-loaded from:
http://biologos.org/uploads/projects/alexander_white_paper.pdf

Director's Interview on BBC Radio 3

January 4, 2011

The Director's 30 minute interview with Joan Bakewell in a series called ‘Belief’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at

The Director's 30 minute interview with Joan Bakewell in a series called ‘Belief’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 9.00 p.m. on 29th December. If you move fast those within the UK have until Jan 5th to listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wlmjn.

Preparations for UK/US Tour for Let Newton Be!

December 8, 2010

The award-winning Craig Baxter's Faraday-commissioned play, "Let Newton Be!", is going on a tour of the United Kingdom and United

The award-winning Craig Baxter's Faraday-commissioned play, "Let Newton Be!", is going on a tour of the United Kingdom and United States during March and April 2011.  Featuring three "Newtons" on stage throughout the performance, the script uses the authentic words of the great scientist and his contemporaries to weave together an absorbing exploration of one of history's most complex and brilliant figures.

Details of performances and how to get tickets will be available soon.  For the time being, you can view a trailer of the play here.  You can read a review of the play, published in Science in November last year, here, and one from August 2010 written by the History of Science Society here.

"This is the theater of ideas at its very finest. It is mesmerizing, inventive, and provocative. Baxter has created a unified Newton who will awe and move modern audiences. This is Newton fully in three dimensions."
The History of Science Society

"Can theater be a platform for science? In the hands of Baxter, Morris, and Menagerie  Theatre—yes. Spectacularly yes."
Science

Great St Mary's Packed For Williams/Eagleton Discussion

November 19, 2010

More than 1200 people filled Great St Mary's, Cambridge's university church, to capacity, as Rowan Williams and Terry Eagleon participated

More than 1200 people filled Great St Mary's, Cambridge's university church, to capacity, as Rowan Williams and Terry Eagleon participated in a public discussion of the new atheism.  You can hear an audio recording of the event here.

Director speaks on science and faith at Baylor University

November 10, 2010

Denis Alexander addressed the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning on the topic "The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict between

Denis Alexander addressed the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning on the topic "The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict between Science and Religion".  You can watch the video here.

Dramatic Genius: Mr Darwin's Tree

November 2, 2010

Charles Darwin’s genius is well-known, but his anguish less so.  Both were

Charles Darwin’s genius is well-known, but his anguish less so.  Both were brilliantly brought out by Andrew Harrison in two performances of this one-man show, which moved, enlightened and entertained near sell-out crowds with its confident evocation of the life and times of one of the 19th century’s most controversial and influential figures. 

Drawing out the humour of Darwin's life alongside its brilliance and pain, Harrison had his audiences laughing and close to tears by turns.  Incorporating abundant quotations from contemporary letters, records and diaries, the play seeks to uncover the man behind the mythology, undermining simplistic accounts of the development of the theory of evolution.  

The Origin of Species shook science to its foundations, but left no theological consensus in its wake, least of all in the mind of its author.  Many clergymen welcomed the new theory; even its staunchest defenders had doubts.  And throughout the controversy, tormented by poor health and the death of his daughter, Darwin wrestled with his own weak, wavering and ultimately extinguished faith, looking with continual admiration towards his devoted wife, Emma, who remained a committed believer and faithful companion to the end.  

Such were the surprising origins of one of science’s most ideologically contested theories, and all who saw the play can be grateful for having had them so expertly, amusingly and engagingly brought to life.  Darwin’s evolutionary “Tree of Life” has always had a wider array of perspectives sheltering in its branches than many of us may realise.

 

19 November 2010 A Public Discussion - "Responses to the New Atheism" with Archbishop Rowan Williams and Professor Terry Eagleton

October 4, 2010

5.30 pm Friday 19 November 2010 Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge Prof. Terry Eagleton - a Political Response Archbishop Rowan Williams – a

5.30 pm Friday 19 November 2010

Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge


Prof. Terry Eagleton - a Political Response
Archbishop Rowan Williams – a Theological Response
With a conversation between the speakers and with those attending
All welcome, free entrance, no tickets or advance booking required, bookstall, refreshments
 

Lemaitre conference details now available online

September 22, 2010

The Georges Lemaître Anniversary Conference Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: April 7-10, 2011 In 2011 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s

The Georges Lemaître Anniversary Conference

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: April 7-10, 2011

In 2011 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s famous papers describing his ‘primaeval atom’ model of the universe. In this conference the life and work of Lemaître and his legacy for modern cosmology will be discussed, as will the philosophical and theological implications of cosmological theories.

For a list of speakers and topics as well as booking information, click here

 

 

Hawking's "The Grand Design"

September 3, 2010

Comment on Stephen Hawking's New Book In response to Hawking's controversial claims in his forthcoming co-authored book, Institute Director Denis

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Comment on Stephen Hawking's New Book

In response to Hawking's controversial claims in his forthcoming co-authored book, Institute Director Denis Alexander's letter to the Times can be viewed here.

The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology has compiled a number of further links relevant to this story.  They can be viewed here.

William E. Carroll, guest speaker at the forthcoming conference on Lemaitre in 2011, offers a more detailed response here.

Job Vacancy, Research Associate

September 1, 2010

  THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE   BRITISH COUNCIL – ‘BELIEF IN DIALOGUE PROJECT’   The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion,

 
THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION
 
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
 
BRITISH COUNCIL – ‘BELIEF IN DIALOGUE PROJECT’
 
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, has a position available for a post-doctoral Research Associate who will help in developing the science and religion strand of the new British Council ‘Belief in Dialogue’ programme. The programme will involve educational, scientific and religious events carried out in international and cross-cultural contexts.
 
The successful candidate will have a PhD and/or a strong research background in philosophy, or history and philosophy of science, or science and religion, or science communication, or any relevant affiliated discipline, which could include a PhD in science with proven experience in one of these other areas. The post will involve international travel and will suit someone with cross-cultural experience, and with a proven track-record of involvement in the field of science and religion. The successful candidate will be based at The Faraday Institute, entailing agreement with the aims and ethos of the Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). The position is for one-year in the first instance, but could be extended if the programme is successful.  The salary will be up to £29,866 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits.
 
Applications should include a cv, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: the Faraday Institute Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk] by 1st October 2010. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton.  Interviews will be held in early October and the appointment will be made as soon after interview as possible.
 
 
 
St Edmund's College is a registered charity, number 1137454
 
 
A pdf of this text is available here.

FREE New Test of Faith Resource: Celebrating God's Creation

August 25, 2010

A new resource is now available from the Test of Faith project. 'Celebrating God's Creation' is an all-age church service

A new resource is now available from the Test of Faith project. 'Celebrating God's Creation' is an all-age church service resource, and was developed in partnership with Bible Society. The material includes a sermon outline, ideas for prayers, liturgy and songs, videos, PowerPoint and all-age/children's activities.

Celebrating God's Creation can be downloaded free from
http://www.testoffaith.com/resources/subCategories.aspx?sub=true&id=6

 

Faraday Papers now in Japanese

August 4, 2010

The Faraday Papers are now available in ten different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest

The Faraday Papers are now available in ten different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the languages is Japanese, and Faraday Paper Numbers 1 and 2 in Japenese have recently been posted.

Can Science Explain Everything? - Prof. Keith Ward

August 4, 2010

This article originally appeared on The Guardian ‘Comment Is Free’ web-site on 16 July 2010 and is reproduced in the

This article originally appeared on The Guardian ‘Comment Is Free’ web-site on 16 July 2010 and is reproduced in the Issues folder by permission.

Keith Ward was Regius professor of divinity at Oxford, and is now a professorial research fellow in the philosophy of religion at Heythrop College, London

Test of FAITH DVDs now available

July 26, 2010

The Test of FAITH DVDs can now be bought from the Faraday shop, and will be dispatched immediately.

The Test of FAITH DVDs can now be bought from the Faraday shop, and will be dispatched immediately.

Beyond Belief by Denis Alexander and Robert S White is now available from our on-line book shop

July 23, 2010

BEYOND BELIEF can now be purchased from  the Faraday Institute on-line shop.    

BEYOND BELIEF can now be purchased from  the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

 

 

Faraday Course's 'Science and Religion' debate on Ulster radio

July 1, 2010

 A  lively panel debate on science and religion, hosted by William Crawley and recorded at the recent Faraday Institute Dublin

 A  lively panel debate on science and religion, hosted by William Crawley and recorded at the recent Faraday Institute Dublin Conference. Click here to listen online.

FARADAY ASSOCIATES HONOURED

June 22, 2010

Our warmest congratulations to Faraday Associates Prof. Colin Humphrey [Cambridge University] who was awarded the KBE for his  service to

Our warmest congratulations to Faraday Associates Prof. Colin Humphrey [Cambridge University] who was awarded the KBE for his  service to science in the recent Queen’s Birthday list, and to Prof. Katherine Blundell [Oxford University] who has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements in astrophysics, suitability as a role model and her proposal to promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
 

Book Launch for Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins

June 2, 2010

Denis Alexander's new book, 'Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins' will be launched at Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street,

Download further information (PDF)

Download further information (PDF)

Denis Alexander's new book, 'Biology and Ideology - From Descartes to Dawkins' will be launched at Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street, Cambridge on Wednesday 23rd June, 6.45 for 7pm, with refreshments.  Denis will be there together with Dr Sujit Sivasundaram to answer questions on the book, and sign copies.  All are welcome.  No tickets required.

John Wyatt's Faraday London lecture now available online

May 19, 2010

The first Faraday London Lecture, given by Prof. John Wyatt entitled 'Justice at the beginning and end of life' is

The first Faraday London Lecture, given by Prof. John Wyatt entitled 'Justice at the beginning and end of life' is available here (audio only). The lecture was part of the Pentecost Festival 2010.

New book co-edited by Faraday Institute director now published

May 13, 2010

Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins Edited by Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers is now available from the Faraday

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Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins
Edited by Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers
is now available from the Faraday Institute on-line shop.

Over the course of human history, the sciences, and biology in particular, have often been manipulated to cause immense human suffering. For example, biology has been used to justify eugenic programs, forced sterilization, human experimentation, and death camps—all in an attempt to support notions of racial superiority. By investigating the past, the contributors to Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins hope to better prepare us to discern ideological abuse of science when it occurs in the future.

Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers bring together fourteen experts to examine the varied ways science has been used and abused for nonscientific purposes from the fifteenth century to the present day. Featuring an essay on eugenics from Edward J. Larson and an examination of the progress of evolution by Michael J. Ruse, Biology and Ideology examines uses both benign and sinister, ultimately reminding us that ideological extrapolation continues today. An accessible survey, this collection will enlighten historians of science, their students, practicing scientists, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and culture.

Ronald Numbers (left) and Denis Alexander (right) celebrate the launch of the new book at a party held at Prof. Number¹s house in Madison, USA, on Saturday, May 8th, 2010.

Faraday Papers now in Russian

May 11, 2010

The Faraday Papers are now available in nine different languages for free down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the

The Faraday Papers are now available in nine different languages for free
down-load by clicking here. The latest addition to the languages is Russian,
and Faraday Paper Numbers 3,4,7,12,13,and 15 in Russian have recently
been posted.
 

Jan Boersema radio interview on Easter Island

April 19, 2010

Prof. Jan Boersema, a visiting fellow at St Edmund's, explains something of the history of Easter Island to Radio Cambridgeshire

Prof. Jan Boersema, a visiting fellow at St Edmund's, explains something of the history of Easter Island to Radio Cambridgeshire - listen again here

Faraday Institute collaborates with courses in India

March 18, 2010

FARADAY INSTITUTE COLLABORATES WITH COURSES IN INDIAIn February, the Faraday Institute's Director, Denis Alexander, and Course Director, Rodney Holder, escaped

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FARADAY INSTITUTE COLLABORATES WITH COURSES IN INDIA

In February, the Faraday Institute's Director, Denis Alexander, and Course Director, Rodney Holder, escaped from the cold and snow of Cambridge, to take part in two courses on Science and Religion in India. Both these were organised by alumni from our own Faraday Courses held in Cambridge.

First to Bangalore, where a course entitled 'One Reality - Two Windows' explored how theological and scientific perspectives on reality are complementary, rather than contradictory. This was organised by Dr Paul Joshua, a professor on the faculty of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies and attracted a broad range of scientists and students from the Bangalore area and beyond. Most of the speakers were from the local area, but another visitor from overseas, Richard Hess, Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, spoke on the cultural and linguistic contexts of the early chapters of Genesis. Dr. Alexander and Dr Holder also visited a nearby school, to talk to some very perceptive teenagers on cosmology and biology, fielding questions on black holes and genetics among others.

Next to Delhi, for a course organized by Samuel Vaiphei and Azhoni Krichena entitled 'Breaking Barriers'. Here delegates were mainly graduates from around Delhi, but also included some senior scientists from various Indian Institutes of Science. As in Bangalore, a wide range of lectures explored physical and biological sciences, as well as environmental issues. Environmentalist and theologian, Prof. Ken Gnanakan, a member of one of India's first pop groups in an earlier stage of his career, even brought his guitar and started his lecture strumming along to 'What a wonderful world'!

At both courses the lectures were filmed to generate DVD and other resource materials in the field of science and religion, and two books were prepared for the Course in Delhi in special local editions.



Test of FAITH UK Tour

February 24, 2010

ANSWERING THE NEW ATHEISTS - ARE CHURCH LEADERS READY?'The New Atheists - Dawkins et al - are throwing up questions

ANSWERING THE NEW ATHEISTS - ARE CHURCH LEADERS READY?

'The New Atheists - Dawkins et al - are throwing up questions many church leaders don't feel equipped to answer - particularly questions of science and faith' said Ruth Bancewicz, Director of the Test of FAITH project. 'We are putting on a nationwide tour that will resource, encourage and help pastors, youth workers and leaders of all kinds to answer the questions they face.'

'We are aiming this tour at the church leaders of today and tomorrow - including youth leaders and small group leaders, as well as those involved in evangelism and outreach. The question of whether science and faith are incompatible is not going to go away, and the Church needs to be ready to give an answer. This tour will enable that to happen.'

Although the tour is aimed at church leaders, it is also open to anybody interested in matters relating to science and religion.

The tour starts at the Nazarene College, Manchester, on Monday 22nd February, before visiting St Johns, Durham; the Aberdeen School of Christian Studies; Holy Trinity, St Andrews; LST, Northwood; Trinity College, Bristol; St Johns Nottingham; Cliff College Sheffield; ICC, Glasgow and finally LICC, London.

Full details can be found on www.testoffaith.com

For media enquiries please contact Katie Turnbull kjt39@cam.ac.uk / 01223 740 929 or Clare Redfern cer58@cam.ac.uk / 01223 741276

PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY' - Saturday, March 13th

February 18, 2010

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVALPANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY' Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2010, 2.30 p.m. Mill Lane Lecture Room 3Chair:

CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

PANEL DISCUSSION ON 'BIODIVERSITY AND SPIRITUALITY'

Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2010, 2.30 p.m. Mill Lane Lecture Room 3

Chair: Prof. Robert White FRS [Professor of Geophysics, Cambridge University and Associate Director of the Faraday Institute]

Panel Members:

Prof. R. J. Berry [Emeritus Professor of Genetics, University College London; former President of the British Ecological Society].

Dr Barney Dickson [Head of Programme, Climate Change and Biodiversity, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge].

Dr Hilary Marlow [Lecturer in Old Testament Theology, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University; a Director of the John Ray Initiative and formerly with A Rocha conservation organisation].

Dr. Simon N. Stuart [Chair, Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature].

The poster is available here.

Bangalore Course happening soon - 9-11 February 2010

February 1, 2010

One Reality, Two Windows - Science and Religion in Dialogue is a two day course taking place in Bangalore, India,

One Reality, Two Windows - Science and Religion in Dialogue is a two day course taking place in Bangalore, India, 9-11 February 2010. Speakers include Dr Denis Alexander, Dr Mathew Chandrankunnel, Dr Rajeev Gowda, Prof. Richard Hess, Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Dr John Lourdusamy, Dr J. Srinivasen, Dr Abraham Verghese. For more infomation, see the poster or email Paul Joshua (ceo.centre@saiacs.org).

Delhi Course happening soon - 11 - 15 February 2010

February 1, 2010

Breaking Barriers is a four day course taking place in New Delhi, India, 11 - 15 February 2010. Speakers

Breaking Barriers is a four day course taking place in New Delhi, India, 11 - 15 February 2010. Speakers include Dr Denis Alexander, Dr Ken Gnanakan, Prof. Richard Hess, Revd Dr Rodney Holder, Dr David Koilpillai, Revd Dr Valson Thampu. For more information, please contact Samuel Vaiphei (breakingbarriers2009@gmail.com).

Two-year Project Researcher/Administrator Post

December 29, 2009

Two-year Project Researcher/Administrator - Environmental Ethics, Politics and TheologyApplications are invited for the post of Researcher/Administrator on the project 'Hope

Two-year Project Researcher/Administrator - Environmental Ethics, Politics and Theology

Applications are invited for the post of Researcher/Administrator on the project 'Hope for Creation' administered by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (based at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge) jointly with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) (based at Tyndale House, Cambridge). Applicants should be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute and KLICE. For further information visit:

Research.php (Project 6)
http://www.klice.co.uk/ (projects)

The postholder will be employed by St. Edmund's College and would work principally from Tyndale House and the Faraday Institute, St Edmund's College. Under the overall supervision of Professor Robert White (project director), s/he would report in the first instance to Dr. Jonathan Chaplin (Director, KLICE). The other member of the project team is postdoctoral fellow Dr Jonathan Moo (Faraday Institute).

The responsibilities of the post are:
*providing research support for members of the research team
*assisting in the organisation of an international conference on environmental ethics and policy projected for 2011
*writing accessible articles for church and wider public audiences in collaboration with other team members
*assisting in editing project outputs
*assisting Prof White in editing material for publication

The successful candidate will have at least a first degree in an environmental or geographical subject, environmental politics, or environmental theology/ethics. Familiarity with both environmental studies and environmental theology/theological ethics is highly desirable. The postholder will possess not only relevant research and writing skills but also administrative and organisational capacities.

This is a two-year appointment available immediately. Salary will be up to £27,000 pa according to age and experience and is pensionable (Universities Superannuation Scheme). Benefits include free lunches at St Edmund's College.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jonathan Chaplin (contact details below),
to whom applications should be made by 1 February 2010. Application packages (which may be submitted by email) should include:
*covering letter
*a full CV
*a writing sample
*names and current contact details of 3 referees (two academic, one personal)

Interviews will held in Cambridge in mid-February 2010.

Dr Jonathan Chaplin
Director, KLICE
Tyndale House
36 Selwyn Gardens
Cambridge CB3 9BA
01223 566625
jc538@cam.ac.uk

John Polkinghorne 80th Birthday Essay Competition

December 11, 2009

Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne, a Faraday Advisory Board member, has been one of the leading figures of the science and

Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne, a Faraday Advisory Board member, has been one of the leading figures of the science and religion dialogue over the last 40 years and was the founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). In honour of his 80th birthday, the ISSR are holding a major essay competition open to all students and junior academics (not yet in a tenured post) with a first prize of £10,000, a second prize of £5,000 and a third prize of £2,000. The winner will have the opportunity to present his/her essay at the 2010 ISSR/IRC conference, and may also be invited to contribute it to a special festshrift that is being prepared in Polkinghorne's honour. Click here or visit the ISSR website for more details.

Director's Interview on Darwin on front-page of Avvenire

December 8, 2009

The Faraday Institute Director, Denis Alexander, was recently interviewed for the Italian newspaper Avvenire on the subject of Darwin and

The Faraday Institute Director, Denis Alexander, was recently interviewed for the Italian newspaper Avvenire on the subject of Darwin and Religion (click here for a copy). This is in connection with the Director's participation in the Conference 'Dio Oggi' organised by the Bishops' Conference in Rome, December 10th-12th.

Institute Board Member writes in Nature on Darwin

December 8, 2009

Prof. R.J. Berry, a member of the Faraday Institute Advisory Board, recently published this letter in Nature concerning the 19th

Prof. R.J. Berry, a member of the Faraday Institute Advisory Board, recently published this letter in Nature concerning the 19th century reception of Darwinian evolution. Click here to down-load.

Test of FAITH in Australia

December 4, 2009

Australians seeking to think through issues in science and religion are being encouraged by the organisation ISCAST (The Institute for

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Australians seeking to think through issues in science and religion are being encouraged by the organisation ISCAST (The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology) to take a look at Test of FAITH. Now that Australian distributors Koorong (www.koorong.com) are supplying the materials locally, members of ISCAST have started actively promoting the materials, even designing a portable video display (see picture) to publicize the DVD at conferences and meetings.

After viewing the award-winning documentary at their AGM in November, ISCAST have described 'Test of FAITH' as offering "an accessible introduction to the often complex dialogue between Christianity and the sciences, demonstrating that belief in God and genuine Christian faith are wholly compatible with honest, credible and rigorous scientific enquiry"

Produced by The Faraday Institute, with input from leading scientists and theologians, Test of FAITH's resources are designed primarily for churches and other groups of people who are interested in discussing science and faith in an informal setting. The DVD combines stunning visual imagery and interviews with top scientists to explore the dilemmas at the heart of the debate.

Since its launch at the Royal Society in July, the resources have been widely endorsed. Anthony Billington of The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity said, "It opens up complex issues in accessible ways. It will challenge assumptions and provoke questions, but will also dispel some current popular myths."

Atheist philosopher Michael Ruse has praised the film, describing it as "a fine, balanced presentation by thoughtful scientists on why there is no genuine conflict between their work and their religious faith and why indeed they find that science strengthens and enhances their sense of God's power and glory."

See www.testoffaith.com for more details and to view extracts.

 

Job vacancy for Faraday Institute funded project

November 30, 2009

The Institute wishes to appoint a self-motivated and experienced researcher to support a project looking at secondary school pupils' thinking

The Institute wishes to appoint a self-motivated and experienced researcher to support a project looking at secondary school pupils' thinking about science and religion.

Full details of the position may be downloaded here.

Let Newton Be! reviewed in Science

November 16, 2009

Let Newton Be! by Craig Baxter; directed by Patrick Morris, Menagerie Theatre Company, University of Cambridge, UK. October 2009. Commissioned

Let Newton Be! by Craig Baxter; directed by Patrick Morris, Menagerie Theatre Company, University of Cambridge, UK. October 2009.

Commissioned by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.

Reviewd in Science by Rebecca Stott and Hannah Morrish

The article can be down-loaded in pdf format here

Or read it below:

Newton in Three Dimensions

Rebecca Stott and Hannah Morrish

Let Newton Be! by Craig Baxter; directed by Patrick Morris, Menagerie Theatre Company, University of Cambridge, UK. October 2009.

Commissioned by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.

1 School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK. 


2 Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge CB2 8PE, UK.

E-mail: rebecca.stott@uea.ac.uk.

Two hours after the end of the play Let Newton Be!, we were still deep in conversation about it in a Cambridge pub. One of us is the author of Ghostwalk, a historical thriller about Newton's alchemy (1); the other, a theater student and actress. We went with different expectations and interests but came out equally excited. And we've gone on talking about the play since, as a body of ideas and as a theatrical experience. It deserves to be seen internationally.

Craig Baxter's new play premiered in late October at Newton's old college, Trinity. The performance we attended was introduced by the just-retired Lucasian professor of mathematics, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and by Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Religion and Science, which had sponsored the production as part of the celebration of Cambridge University's 800th anniversary and the International Year of Astronomy.

Baxter is unique. A playwright with a degree in zoology, he has been writing drama for 15 years. He has written ten plays, several adaptations, and a brace of radio dramas. But he has come into his own with his return to science in the past five years. His recent work includes The Altruists, about 20th-century evolutionary biologists, and Re:Design, a daring play based on Darwin's letters, composed entirely from Darwin's words and the words of his correspondents [reviewed in (2)].

Bringing Darwin to the stage was all very well. That was the 19th century, Darwin was liked and prolific, and there were thousands of genial and engaging letters from which Baxter could cut his material. Newton, however, is another country. He was troublesome. He was guarded, secretive, and paranoid. There is no consensus about his personality from his biographers. There are gaps in the historical record. There were few letters for Baxter to work with.

But there were words. Millions of them, from notebooks and personal accounts. The incomparable Newton Project, which over the past ten years has put four million of Newton's words online (making them widely accessible for the first time), has revolutionized the ways in which we can understand Newton. And Baxter has quarried these millions of words on theology, alchemy, mathematics, and physics to produce a Newton whom brilliantly he chose to split.

Baxter gives us a trinity of Newtons: the child Isack (played by Caroline Rippin), who runs and jumps and measures and records; the man Newton (played by Neil Jones), at war with himself, contemplative, constantly list-writing, driven, and on the brink of breakdown; and the mature Sir Isaac (played by Paul McCleary), self-possessed master of the mint. It would have been easy to present Newton's life chronologically, one Newton after the other. But Baxter has all three on stage all the time, challenging and questioning one another. That produces a multidimensional Newton-one who is indeed torn among selves, split, divided, energetic, and spilling over, but whom we see as a complete being. The result is a play that barely contains its own subject. This is the theater of ideas at its very finest. It is mesmerizing, inventive, and provocative.


Director Patrick Morris brilliantly choreographed the actors to orbit one another, constantly recomposing the geometry of a disordered mind. The young Newton keeps returning to his desk and to his accounts book, recording and repeating lists-of accounts of sins, of daily routines. This was a Newton who did not know how to stop and who was always preoccupied with theology, with defining a God and defining for God. Somewhere around the middle of the play, the anguished energy spills over into nightmare, and Newton breaks down. He is held down by his servants, only to get up moments later and start all over again. This is intelligent and psychologically perceptive direction, and the result is moving.

Newton's extraordinary mind is embodied not only in the text and the trinity of selves but also in the wonderfully effective and visually exciting set designed by Issam Kourbaj, artist in residence at Christ's College. The set transforms endlessly using Newton-like contraptions that open out into chairs, then to desks, then bookcases, then into models of windmills. Flecked with red velvet and the scribblings of the Lucasian professor's handwriting, the set folds and unfolds in and out of itself: windows within windows, wheels within wheels. If Newton's mind could be represented visually, this would be it.

Can theater be a platform for science? In the hands of Baxter, Morris, and Menagerie Theatre-yes. Spectacularly yes. Baxter cuts a man of science from the cloth of his own words, seeking to persuade us that Newton's science was always driven by a belief in an all-powerful and ever-present "God of Dominion." From the ramblings, jottings, accounts, and notebooks-the spillings over of Newton's strange inner world-Baxter creates a unified Newton who will awe and move modern audiences. This is Newton fully in three dimensions.

References
1. R. Stott, Ghostwalk (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2007); reviewed in (3).
2. C. Thomas, Science 325, 679 (2009).[Abstract/Free Full Text]
3. J. Golinski, Science 321, 40 (2008).[Abstract/Free Full Text]

Change to Cis-Faraday Lecture

November 11, 2009

We will be showing the Test of Faith Documentary on Thursday 12 November instead of having Prof. Rosalind Picard speak

We will be showing the Test of Faith Documentary on Thursday 12 November instead of having Prof. Rosalind Picard speak on 'Playing God? Towards Machines that Deny their Maker.' Unfortunately Prof. Picard is unwell and cannot travel from the USA. The documentary will be screened at 5.30pm in the Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, as before. The Test of Faith Documentary investigates the question 'Does science threaten belief in God?' We will be showing parts 1 and 3 of the documentary: 'Beyond Reason' and 'Is Anybody There?' For more information on the documentary, please visit www.testoffaith.com. The screening will be followed by a free drinks reception and a bookstall. All are very welcome.

Let Newton Be! - premiere performance

November 9, 2009

On 20th October 2009, Let Newton Be!, a play by Craig Baxter, received its first performance by the Menagerie Theatre

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On 20th October 2009, Let Newton Be!, a play by Craig Baxter, received its first performance by the Menagerie Theatre Company in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge. This performance was exclusively for members of the College and special guests. Prof Stephen Hawking, recently retired Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, gave a witty introductory speech in honour of the former chair holder, Isaac Newton.

Newton expert, Prof. Robert Iliffe, Director of the Newton Project based at the University of Sussex led a discussion about the dramatisation with the audience at the end of the performance.

Let Newton Be! is a unique play that brings the complex and controversial character of Sir Isaac Newton to life, using his own words and those of his contemporaries. It is a verbatim play, the script drawn entirely from the written words of Newton and his contemporaries- letters, notes, published and unpublished works. The play is a compelling narrative showing Newton in many different lights; as the young boy measuring the speed of wind; the isolated Cambridge scholar, practising alchemy in the secrecy of his darkened room; and the autocrat of British Science, ruling the Royal Society with an iron fist. Perhaps for the first time, we see Newton as a human being-complex, comical, driven and vulnerable.

......a gripping new play about Isaac Newton by Craig Baxter....provides an absorbing insight into the troubled relationship between science and theology at the Enlightenment.

John Cornwell, The Tablet

Menagerie Theatre Company, based in Cambridge, specialise in new writing for the theatre. Let Newton Be! is their second commission from Cambridge University organisations and follows the success of Re:Design, a dramatic adaptation of the correspondence between US botanist Asa Gray and Charles Darwin.

Let Newton Be! is directed by Patrick Morris, Associate Artistic Director of Menagerie and designed by Issam Kourbaj, Artist in Residence, Christ's College, Cambridge. Commissioned by The Faraday Institute as part of Cambridge University's 800th anniversary celebrations, with funding from the Cambridge 800th Anniversary fund and the John Templeton Foundation, the play was performed to four audiences, including members and non-members of the University of Cambridge. A tour throughout the UK and US is planned for 2010.

Faraday Course Director discusses multiverses and faith on BBC Radio Cambs

October 13, 2009

On Sunday 11th October, Dr Rodney Holder was interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about his public lecture ‘Is there more

On Sunday 11th October, Dr Rodney Holder was interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about his public lecture ‘Is there more than one universe?’, which took place on 12th October, at Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge. To listen to the interview please click here, and forward to 2:48:20.

Review of new film Creation about Darwin posted in the Current Issues Folder

September 30, 2009

To read the review of the film 'Creation' about Darwin click on the Issues link at the top.

To read the review of the film 'Creation' about Darwin click on the Issues link at the top.

Faraday Associate Director, Bob White, discusses 'Creation in Crisis' on BBC Local Radio

September 28, 2009

On Sunday 27th September, Prof Bob White, was interviewed by BBC Radios Cambridgshire, Manchester, Wiltshire, Bristol and Belfast, about the

On Sunday 27th September, Prof Bob White, was interviewed by BBC

Radios Cambridgshire, Manchester, Wiltshire, Bristol and Belfast, about the latest book he has edited from a Faraday workshop, 'Creation in Crisis' (SPCK, 2009). He discussed a Christian approach to the environmental crisis, and what people of faith can do to engage with the problems faced. To listen to his interview on BBC Radio Cambs., please click here (1 hour, 3 mins into the programme). His interview with BBC Radio Bristol can be listened to here (1 hour, 30 mins into the programme).

“What has theology ever done for science?” The Director responds to a question from Daniel Dennett.

August 24, 2009

To view Denis Alexander's response click on Current Issues in the navigation bar on the left.

To view Denis Alexander's response click on Current Issues in the navigation bar on the left.

Creation in Crisis: the latest book edited by Faraday Institute Associate Director Bob White

August 14, 2009

On 20th August 2009,‘Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability’, the latest edited book by Prof Bob White Associate Director

On 20th August 2009,‘Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability’, the latest edited book by Prof Bob White Associate Director of the Faraday Institute, will be published by SPCK.

Much is written about climate change and environmental degradation but in practise little is done about it. Why? Leading environmental scientists increasingly recognise that a fundamental lack of shared belief and communal vision is a barrier to action, and that engaging religious communities is critical if there is to be any genuine and lasting change. 'Creation in Crisis' represents the fruits of a workshop where leading scientists, economists and theologians sat down together to discuss the root causes of environmental unsustainability and to challenge each other to develop an authentically Christian response to this global crisis.

‘Creation in Crisis’ is insistent in its overall message that the economic mantra of exponential growth is not an option for a sustainable future, whilst it also challenges the often nihilistic secular worldview that does not promote an optimistic engagement with the environmental challenges we face. This diverse and wide-ranging collection of essays offers an ethical framework and a message of hope for a sustainable future in harmony with the rest of creation.

a first-class collection of essays, ranging from broad profound theological reflection to the fine detail of scientific and statistical evidence. A vital resource…it deserves a very wide readership.’ Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Contents and contributors include:

  • Sir John Houghton – Global warming and energy consumption 
  • James J. McCarthy - Climate science distortion and the misinformation industry
  • Donald A. Hay – Discounting the future: economic responses to climate change
  • Sir Brian Heap, Flavio Comim, George Wilkes – International governance: economic self-interest vs. biblical values
  • John Guillebaud, Pete Moore – Sustainability and population 
  • Robert S.White – Natural disasters: human folly or acts of God?
  • Ellen F. Davis – A biblical perspective on culture and agriculture 
  • Calvin B. DeWitt – Agriculture and land use: restoring stewardship
  • Richard C. Carter– Sustainability and water use
  • C. René Padilla –Globalization, ecology and poverty
  • Hilary Marlow –Society, ecology and biblical prophecy 
  • Richard Bauckham – Jesus, God and nature in the Gospels
  • Michael Northcott – Ethical sustainability 
  • Douglas J. Moo – Transforming Christian perspectives
  • Jonathan Moo – A biblical vision of the earth’s future

Director interviewed about atheism and RE teaching in schools on BBC Radio Newcastle

July 29, 2009

On Tuesday 28th July, The Faraday Institute Director, Dr Denis Alexander, was interviewed on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Newcastle about

On Tuesday 28th July, The Faraday Institute Director, Dr Denis Alexander, was interviewed on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Newcastle about atheism and education. To listen please click here. The interview takes place 2hrs 18minutes into the programme.

Faraday Summer Course Delegate Cormac O'Raifeartaigh Provides a Useful Summary of the Course

July 21, 2009

Click here for a link to Cormac O'Raifeartaigh's blog.

Click here for a link to Cormac O'Raifeartaigh's blog.

Director reports on science and religion in the Darwin Festival on the Daily Telegraph web-site

July 17, 2009

To access the report click here.

To access the report click here.

Director participates in Westminster Abbey debate: Did Darwin Kill God?” chaired by Sarah Montague. Click here for a link to the Times on-line podcast.

June 12, 2009

The Times on-line podcast for the Westminster Abbey debate is available here.

The Times on-line podcast for the Westminster Abbey debate is available here.

Did Darwin Kill God? There will be a free showing of this BBC Documentary introduced by the presenter Conor Cunningham. 5.45pm, Tuesday 7 July in Mill Lane Lecture Room 3

June 9, 2009

There will be a free showing of the BBC Documentary Did Darwin Killl God? introduced by the presenter Conor Cunningham.5.45pm, Tuesday

There will be a free showing of the BBC Documentary Did Darwin Killl God? introduced by the presenter Conor Cunningham.
5.45pm, Tuesday 7 July in Mill Lane Lecture Room 3
The film will be followed by free refreshments with a bookstall available.
All are welcome.

University of Cambridge Darwin Anniversary Festival

June 9, 2009

Science and Religion topics related to Darwin are being well covered during the Darwin Festival. Click on the events below

Science and Religion topics related to Darwin are being well covered during the Darwin Festival. Click on the events below to see further details:

Monday 6th July, 2.00 - 5.30 p.m. Afternoon Focus Programme on 'Theology in Darwinian Context'. The Institute Director will be one of the speakers during this Programme. Pre-Registration required. For further details click here (http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/festival/afternoonfocus/)

Tuesday 7th July 2.00 - 5.30 p.m. Afternoon Focus Programme on 'The Evolution of Religion'. Pre-Registration required. For further details click here (http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/festival/afternoonfocus/).

Tuesday 7th July 5.45 p.m. Afternoon Fringe Programme. The Faraday Institute hosts a showing of the popular BBC2 documentary 'Did Darwin Kill God?' at the Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 3. The film will be introduced by the presenter Conor Cunningham who will take questions after the showing. Entrance is FREE and there will be drinks and a bookstall to browse afterwards including a range of books on Darwin and Religion. For further details click here: http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/festival/fringe/programme.asp

Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July. 7.45 p.m. ADC Theatre. There will be showings of the excellent dramatisation Re:Design by the Menagerie Theatre Company, written by Craig Baxter; directed by Paul Bourne; featuring Terry Malloy as Charles Darwin. Based on Darwin's correspondence with devoutly Christian Harvard Botanist, Asa Gray. For further details of this ticketed event see: http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/festival/fringe/programme.asp

Test of Faith resource materials now available from the Faraday shop

June 1, 2009

Test of Faith is an innovative new resource designed for use by individuals and small groups wishing to explore major

Test of Faith is an innovative new resource designed for use by individuals and small groups wishing to explore major issues raised by science for both religion and ethics.

Groups can save money by buying the complete Test of Faith Course Pack but items may also be bought separately. Use the Shop page link in the navigation bar on the left.

Faraday London Lectures 26th - 28th May

May 15, 2009

As part of the Pentecost Festival, the Faraday Institute will be holding three lectures in London, on 26th, 27th and

As part of the Pentecost Festival, the Faraday Institute will be holding three lectures in London, on 26th, 27th and 28th May. Prof. Colin Humpreys will speak on 'Can a scientist believe in miracles today?' on Tuesday, Revd Dr David Wilkinson will speak on 'God and the Big Bang' on Wednesday and Dr Denis Alexander will speak on 'Creation or Evolution - do we have to choose' on Thursday. For more information, see the poster.  If you wish to book tickets, please visit the Pentecost Festival Website.

Darwin and God - high profile debate in Westminster Abbey. 6.30p.m. Tuesday 12 May

May 11, 2009

On 12 May, there will be a high profile debate in Westminster Abbey (where Darwin is buried) chaired by the

On 12 May, there will be a high profile debate in Westminster Abbey (where Darwin is buried) chaired by the BBC Today Programme presenter Sarah Montague. This will explore the compatibility of belief in God and Darwinian evolution. The panellists will include Lord Robert Winston, Professor Steve Jones, Dr Denis Alexander, and Professor Nancy Rothwell FRS.

This debate will draw on the findings of a major quantitative study conducted by polling company ComRes. This provided, for the first time, comprehensive data about the extent and nature of evolutionary and non-evolutionary opinion in the UK and its relationship to atheistic and religious beliefs. The resulting report 'Rescuing Darwin - God an Evolution in Britain Today' is being sold from the Faraday Shop folder.

A poster is avaialble here .

Director interviewed on transhumanism at Cambridge Papers Conference in Cambridge

May 11, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAYtTadQ8vk

Faraday speaker Ken Miller on the Today Programme

April 29, 2009

On 29th April 2009, Ken Miller was interviewed by John Humphries on the Today Programme.He discusses the topic of his

On 29th April 2009, Ken Miller was interviewed by John Humphries on the Today Programme.
He discusses the topic of his recent Faraday lecture on the enduring problem of the 
Intelligent Design movement in the US and his position on faith and science. To listen 
to the interview please click here.

Faraday speaker Ken Miller discusses faith and science on Premier Radio

April 28, 2009

On 27th April 2009, Faraday speaker Prof Ken Miller was interviewed by Andy Walton on London's Premier Christian Radio. Miller, a Professor of Biology

On 27th April 2009, Faraday speaker Prof Ken Miller was interviewed by Andy Walton on London's Premier Christian Radio. Miller, a Professor of Biology from Brown University and well known in the science-religion field, discussed the scientific integrity of evolution in contrast to that of the ID movement ahead of his public lecture for the Faraday Institute, to be held 5.30pm at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. To listen to this interview please click here.  

Darwin Anniversary Conference in Istanbul

April 27, 2009

 26th April 2009Darwin Anniversary Symposium held in IstanbulIn commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and

 26th April 2009


Darwin Anniversary Symposium held in Istanbul

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, a two-day symposium and major public meeting has been held in Istanbul, attended by distinguished international speakers and delegates from Turkey and other countries. 

This is the first time that Istanbul, one of the major cities of the world in history, culture and learning, has hosted an international scientific meeting on evolution. A special web-site has been established at www.Darwin200Istanbul.org to provide information about Darwin’s life and evolution in both Turkish and English. 

On the evening of Friday, 24 April, over 400 students and others gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Istanbul to commemorate ‘Darwin the Man’. Historian John Hedley Brooke introduced Darwin, not only as the great natural historian who changed the face of biology, but also as a man who experienced both adventure and tragedy in his life.  

Darwin was also brought back to life in theatrical form with the first performance in Turkey of Re:Design, a dramatization performed by the Menagerie Theatre Company of the famous correspondence between Charles Darwin and the American biologist Asa Gray.

Turkish national television (TRT) filmed a discussion of Darwin’s fascinating theory of evolution for a TV show presented by Mithat Bereket in which an international panel of four biologists and one journalist took ‘hard’ questions from the audience about the fossil record, the evolution of humans, and the relationship between science and religion.  

Prof. Asli Tolun from Bogaziçi University spoke about the impact of evolution on the genetic diversity of the Turkish people, relevant to both medicine and the tracing of migratory pathways.  Prof. Francisco Ayala of the University of California offered a critique of Intelligent Design and explained why he sees evolution as Darwin’s great gift both to science and to religion. Prof. Simon Conway Morris of Cambridge University showed how evolution repeatedly leads to similar biological forms and that the evolution of intelligent creatures like ourselves is not unexpected. 

The evening public event was preceded by a two-day scientific Symposium addressing cutting edge evolutionary biology and the challenges of teaching biological evolution in Turkey today. The Symposium was attended mainly by biology faculty and PhD students from universities all over Turkey.

Two speakers, Prof. Erksin Gulec  (Ahi Evran University, Turkey) and Prof. David Lordkipanidze (Georgian National Museum), surveyed recent finds in Turkey and  Georgia, respectively, relevant to human evolution. The discoveries from Georgia show that Homo erectus was present in Europe far earlier than previously imagined.

Prof. Sukru Hanioglu, Professor of Near East Studies at Princeton University, was unable to be present in person, but made a special film for the Symposium, showing how evolution in the 19th century was conveyed to Ottoman society more as a philosophy than as a biological science. In fact Darwin’s Origin of Species was not translated into Turkish until 1971. 

Speaker John Hedley Brooke remarked that “Many scientists are commemorated on their anniversaries; there is nothing peculiar about that. However, one has to concede that Darwin's scientific ideas are seen as particularly controversial, so it's important that we refine our insights about Darwin and his ideas and that we learn the quality of the science that supports his view.”

Speaker Francisco Ayala commented that: “Evolution is the central concept in biology.  Agriculture, medicine, and some aspects of industry can only be properly understood in the context of evolution, so Darwin is very relevant to modern life”.

Turkish NTV News Channel reports Istanbul Darwin Conference. To view click here.

The Symposium and public event were both organised by The Faraday Institute, Cambridge, and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. This is one of a series of events this year in which The Faraday Institute is involved in commemorating the Darwin200 Anniversary. 

For media enquiries, please contact Katie Turnbull (tel: 44-1223-740929) kjt39@cam.ac.uk or Clare Redfern (tel: 44-1223-741276)  cer58@cam.ac.uk


 

NEW FARADAY PAPERS by Dr Graeme Finlay on Human genomics and the Image of God and by Prof. Ernan McMullin on The Galileo Affair now available for free down-load from the Faraday Papers folder

April 15, 2009

To download the papers (Dr Graeme Finlay on Human genomics and the Image of God and Prof. Ernan McMullin on

To download the papers (Dr Graeme Finlay on Human genomics and the Image of God and Prof. Ernan McMullin on The Galileo Affair) as pdfs click on Faraday Papers in the navigation bar on the left.

10 copies of each paper may be purchased from the on-line shop for £1.50 per pack of 10 (plus p&p).  The two new papers are now included in the pack of all Faraday Papers - avaialble at £2 per pack.

FARADAY INSTITUTE SPONSORED DOCUMENTARY WINS FILM AWARD

April 1, 2009

The documentary film Test of Faith sponsored by The Faraday Institute and written and produced by Contrapositive has won a

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The documentary film Test of Faith sponsored by The Faraday Institute and written and produced by Contrapositive has won a prestigious film award for excellence. The documentary, yet to be released (but see www.testoffaith.com for a trailer), has been produced as part of a broader project headed up by Dr Ruth Bancewicz to research and publish course materials for churches on science and faith.

Test of Faith won the Silver Award for Best Documentary in the 2009 International Visual Communications Association Awards, a leading European, professional body which promotes best practice for the award-winning corporate and public sector communications industry.  The IVCA Awards are the leading international Awards for corporate communications, whether for business, public service organizations, or charities.  The Awards recognize excellence in communication with awards made in 30 categories, judged by over 130 respected communications professionals over three weeks.

Writer Mark Brickman and Producer John Ford from Contrapositive receive the Silver award here.

Darwin’s Religious Beliefs. See our Issues Folder for a new article by Nick Spencer.

March 25, 2009

Click here to link to the issues folder.

Click here to link to the issues folder.

Faraday's Associate Director discusses Science and Religion on Radio New Zealand

March 18, 2009

On March 14th, Prof Bob White was interviewed on Radio New Zealand  by the presenter Kim Hill. Prof White¹s interview

On March 14th, Prof Bob White was interviewed on Radio New Zealand  by the presenter Kim Hill. Prof White¹s interview followed a week of  lectures and talks on a broad range of topics relating to science and  religion, which took place in Auckland and Wellington. It is the first time a Faraday Institute course and public lectures have been held in New Zealand, with large attendances at all events. To listen to the interview please click here

Faraday speakers discuss 'God and Darwin' at the Cambridge Science Festival

March 18, 2009

On March 14th Faraday Institute Director Dr Denis Alexander chaired a lively panel discussion on 'God and Darwin' with Prof. Simon Conway

On March 14th Faraday Institute Director Dr Denis Alexander chaired
a lively panel discussion on 'God and Darwin' with Prof. Simon
Conway Morris, Prof. Michael Reiss, Prof. John Hedley Brooke and Dr David Summers. 
The Science Festival event was a great success, with excellent contributions from the experts, a packed auditorium of 250 people and 
enthusiastic Q and A session with the audience. To listen or watch the
discussion again, please click on audio or video . 

Cambridge Science Week Event

March 9, 2009

A Panel Discussion on ‘God and Darwin’ will be held as part of the Cambridge Science Festival at 3.00 p.m.

A Panel Discussion on ‘God and Darwin’ will be held as part of the Cambridge Science Festival at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday, 14th March, in the Queen’s Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College. All welcome to this free event. Down-load the poster here .

John Polkinghorne discusses 'Questions of Truth' the title of his latest book, on the Today Programme.

March 2, 2009

Monday 2nd March. Revd Dr John Polkinghorne, former physicist and Anglican priest defends the reasonableness of religious belief in a debate

Monday 2nd March. 

Revd Dr John Polkinghorne, former physicist and Anglican priest defends the reasonableness of religious belief in a debate with John Humphrys.  His latest book, 'Questions of Truth' is launched today at the Royal Society.

To listen to the discussion, please click here for ‘listen again’ options on the Today Programme website. (article at 8.54 am)

Faraday Institute Advisory Board Member Prof. Alister McGrath gives Gifford Lectures this month

February 11, 2009

The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland.

The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. The purpose of Lord Gifford's bequest to the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen was to sponsor lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God”.

A copy of the press release for Alastair McGrath's 2009 lecture is available here.

'Rescuing Darwin – God and evolution in Britain today’ - new 70-page report by Nick Spencer and Denis Alexander for sale (65% discount to £3.50 plus p&p or FREE (plus p&p) with any other book purchase.

February 2, 2009

The 70-page report published by Theos, containing five chapters, presents and discusses the latest quantitative survey findings by the polling

The 70-page report published by Theos, containing five chapters, presents and discusses the latest quantitative survey findings by the polling company ComRes concerning the level of belief and disbelief in Darwinian evolution in the UK today. The poll was based on 2000 respondents and represents the most reliable recent data on this topic available. The report also contains chapters on Darwin’s own religious beliefs, analyses why Darwin still remains in the cross-fire in the year of his double anniversary, and discusses how theism and evolution can be held together in a coherent way.

If purchased with another book the report will be free but we will ask you to pay for the postage.
On the shop page select the report with the other book(s) you wish to purchase.
The link to the Faraday on-line shop can be found in the navigation bar on the left.

Free Offer. Copy of ‘Rescuing Darwin’ report free to those who purchase a book from the Faraday Shop

February 2, 2009

On the shop page select the report with the other book(s) you wish to purchase.  The report will be free

On the shop page select the report with the other book(s) you wish to purchase.  The report will be free but we will ask you to pay for the postage.

The link to the Faraday on-line shop can be found in the navigation bar on the left.

Celebrating Darwin's Birthday

January 27, 2009

This year marks a double anniversary for Charles Darwin [birth: Feb 12th , 1809; publication of On the Origin of

This year marks a double anniversary for Charles Darwin [birth: Feb 12th , 1809; publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859]. The Faraday Institute is celebrating the anniversary through lectures, panel discussions, courses, books and more popular articles.


To view Celebrating Darwin's Birthday events, please click here

Keith Ward discusses science, the ‘new atheism’ and faith on Premier Radio

January 27, 2009

On Tuesday 27th January, Philosopher Prof Keith Ward was interviewed by London’s Premier Christian Radio, concerning his forthcoming public lecture

On Tuesday 27th January, Philosopher Prof Keith Ward was interviewed by London’s Premier Christian Radio, concerning his forthcoming public lecture for the Faraday Institute. Please click here to listen to an extract from the interview.

 

Faraday Speaker, Keith Ward, discusses faith, science and the ‘New Atheism’ on BBC Radio Cambs

January 26, 2009

On Sunday 25th January, Philosopher and former Oxford Don, Prof Keith Ward, was interviewed on BBC Radio Cambs’ Sunday Morning

On Sunday 25th January, Philosopher and former Oxford Don, Prof Keith Ward, was interviewed on BBC Radio Cambs’ Sunday Morning Breakfast Show, ahead of his appearance as guest lecturer for the Faraday Institute’s termly public lecture. The lecture, which takes place on Tuesday 27th January, 5.30pm at Queen’s Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, addresses the phenomenon of the ‘new atheist’ movement and the on-going philosophical debate concerning the compatibility of faith and science. To listen to the interview please click here*    

 

*The interview takes place 1 hour 49 mins into the programme, with forwarding options available.

 

Justin Barrett's seminar available online

December 1, 2008

Justin Barrett's seminar 'Born Believers: The Naturalness of Childhood Theism' can now be viewed online here. It is

Justin Barrett's seminar 'Born Believers: The Naturalness of Childhood Theism' can now be viewed online here. It is also available in audio form.

This week’s Faraday Research Seminar speaker, Justin Barrett (Tuesday, 25th Nov, 1.00 p.m. St Edmund’s College), talks about childhood theism on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

November 24, 2008

On Sunday 23rd Nov, Dr Justin Barrett, Cognitive Anthropologist from the University of Oxford, discussed his research into the innateness

On Sunday 23rd Nov, Dr Justin Barrett, Cognitive Anthropologist from the University of Oxford, discussed his research into the innateness of childhood belief in God, on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Sunday Morning Breakfast show. 

 

On-line listening should be possible soon.

Justin Barrett discusses the innateness of childhood theism with Lewis Wolpert, on the Today Programme

November 24, 2008

On Monday 24th Nov, Dr Justin Barrett, a researcher into the cognitive science of religion at the University of Oxford,

On Monday 24th Nov, Dr Justin Barrett, a researcher into the cognitive science of religion at the University of Oxford, discussed the implications of his research findings with the biologist Lewis Wolpert, on the Today Programme.

 

Barrett argued that children have a natural default belief in God. This challenges the view of some atheists that religion is learned through family indoctrination. Dr Barrett discussed with Professor Lewis Wolpert whether religion or atheism are learned or innate.

 

To listen to the discussion, please click here for ‘listen again’ options on the Today Programme website.

Director in Discussion with Prof. Peter Atkins at Oakham School

November 17, 2008

On Monday 10th Nov, the Faraday Institute Director, Dr Denis Alexander, had a dynamic discussion with renowned atheist and Oxford

On Monday 10th Nov, the Faraday Institute Director, Dr Denis Alexander, had a dynamic discussion with renowned atheist and Oxford University Chemist, Prof Peter Atkins, at Oakham school. The topic, ‘What is the relationship between science and religion?’ proved stimulating to the 230 students, who had the opportunity to put questions to two scientists with very distinctive views, on a subject that continues to stimulate vigorous discussion.

For further coverage of the discussion, please see www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk/News/wi08/misc/reg_sci.htm

Faraday speaker, Robin Gill, discusses enhancement ethics on BBC Radio Cambs

October 20, 2008

A member of the Medical Research Council's Stem Cell Steering Committee. Social scientist and theologian, Prof Robin Gill, discussed the

A member of the Medical Research Council's Stem Cell Steering Committee. Social scientist and theologian, Prof Robin Gill, discussed the ethical implications of enhancing humans and what it means for society, on BBC Radio Cambs Sunday Morning Breakfast Show, 19th October.

Robin Gill addressed ethical dilemmas such as: If it is acceptable to wear glasses to remedy bad eye-sight, is it unethical to use binoculars that enhance sight? If it's ok to send children to school to have their minds improved, why can't we use genetic-engineering, drugs and embryos to achieve the same ends?

 

 

'Big Bang Day' Thought for the Day with Faraday Associate David Wilkinson

September 10, 2008

As the Hadron Collider is poised for action, David Wilkinson reflects on Thought for the Day  (Sept.10th) on the search for

As the Hadron Collider is poised for action, David Wilkinson reflects on Thought for the Day  (Sept.10th) on the search for the Higgs-Boson, named the 'God particle' by some, and the gift of science that makes this possible.  

Christian astrophysicist discusses God and the Big Bang

September 5, 2008

Scientists in Switzerland are currently attempting to unlock the mysterious origins of the universe with the biggest scientific experiment in recent

Scientists in Switzerland are currently attempting to unlock the mysterious origins of the universe with the biggest scientific experiment in recent history- the CERN Large Hadron Collider. To mark the occasion, the Faraday Institute’s resident astrophysicist, Rev Dr Rodney Holder, was interviewed live about God and the Big Bang on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Sunday morning breakfast show. Please click here* to listen again to this fascinating discussion about the relationship between faith and the science of the universe’s origins.

* The interview appears 45mins into the show (forwarding options available).      

New Edition of Book by Course Director

July 31, 2008

A new edition of Rodney Holder’s first book Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? Probing the Limits of Science is hot

A new edition of Rodney Holder’s first book Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? Probing the Limits of Science is hot off the press. The book is a carefully formulated critique of the scientific reductionism of Richard Dawkins and others, together with a presentation of positive arguments for religious faith.

Prof. Alister McGrath writes of the book: ‘One of the best and most accessible refutations of the scientific reductionism that underlies much of today’s hostility towards religion, made even more relevant by its reappearance in Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion.’

The book can be ordered on-line at the special price of £6 plus postage and packing (click on Shop Folder at left).

Summer 08 - another course successfully completed!

July 29, 2008

What a wonderfully successful week it has been for the Faraday Institute! Our Summer Course, ‘From the Big Bang to

What a wonderfully successful week it has been for the Faraday Institute!

Our Summer Course, ‘From the Big Bang to the Brain: Current Issues in Science and Religion’, sparked much intrigue and discussion amongst some 40 delegates from a dozen different countries, spanning four continents and a diverse array of academic and non-academic backgrounds. Some of the thoughts and feelings generated have already been captured by one of our enthusiastic Irish delegates, Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, on his ‘Anti-matter’ blog.

We also welcomed a cast of illustrious speakers from as far afield as the United States, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland and even Oxford- as well as Cambridge! One of our speakers was the notable philosopher of science Professor Ernan McMullin. Besides speaking on the Galileo affair and contributing much to the discussions and panels throughout, Professor McMullin also gave a short interview on the course for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, on Sunday morning 27th July. If you click on the link, you can hear the interview 1 hr 20 mins into the show.

Book - Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living - order your copy now

July 14, 2008

Our current habits of consumption and production in the West cannot be maintained. The way we live, in particular the

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Our current habits of consumption and production in the West cannot be maintained. The way we live, in particular the way we generate and use energy, is no longer environmentally or socially sustainable. In high-income countries, it threatens our health and well-being. In low-income ones, it is already responsible for the death or displacement of hundreds of thousands of people every year. We urgently need to reconsider our lifestyles and the policies that shape them.

This new book, by Nick Spencer of the Jubilee Centre and Theos, and Faraday Institute Associate Director, Prof. Bob White FRS, analyses the scientific, sociological, economic and theological thinking that makes a Christian response to these trends both imperative and distinctive.

Published by SPCK on 23rd August 2007

Order your copy now from the Faraday online shop for £8 including postage (UK) or £10.40 including postage (International) (RRP £9.99).

New Book by Institute Director on Evolution

July 14, 2008

Denis Alexander has just published 'Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose?' (Oxford: Monarch, 388pp pb,). The book

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Denis Alexander has just published 'Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose?' (Oxford: Monarch, 388pp pb,). The book has been written to help Christians and others who have problems in seeing how evolution fits in with their faith, and requires no scientific background. As well as describing recent biological discoveries, the book discusses the interpretation of Genesis, the origin of humans and the problem of the suffering involved in the evolutionary process. It can be ordered on-line at the special price of £6 (compared to retail £10.99 - click on our Shop Folder on the left).

Simplicity & Complexity - Science, God and Dawkins: A Panel Discussion

April 3, 2008

SIMPLICITY & COMPEXITY - SCIENCE, GOD & DAWKINS:A Panel DiscussionThursday 5th June, 2008, 5.30pmQueen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel CollegeProf. Richard SwinburneEmeritus


SIMPLICITY & COMPEXITY - SCIENCE, GOD & DAWKINS:
A Panel Discussion

Thursday 5th June, 2008, 5.30pm

Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College

Prof. Richard Swinburne
Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford

in conversation with

Prof. Colin Howson
Profesor of the Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics

with Interlocutors:

Revd Dr Rodney Holder
The Faraday Institute, Cambridge

Revd Dr Patrick Richmond
Former Dean of Chapel, St Catharine's College, Cambridge

Prof. Michael Welker
Professor of Theology, University of Heidelberg

A B S T R A C T

In his book The God Delusion Prof. Richard Dawkins has made the claim that a God invoked to explain the existence of a complex universe must be even more complex, and therefore highly improbable. The argument is a reminder of an interesting interdisciplinary discussion between science, philosophy and theology that has been in progress for many centuries. The panel will re-visit this discussion, in particular taking into account our contemporary scientific undertstanding of the nature of the universe.
 


FREE! Saturday 10th May - 2 Afternoon Lectures

March 25, 2008

Saturday 10th May 2008The Faraday Institute & CiS are working together to bring you two FREE afternoon lectures at University

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Saturday 10th May 2008

The Faraday Institute & CiS are working together to bring you two FREE afternoon lectures at University College London (LT1 Cruciform Lecture Theatre) as part of the London based Pentecost Festival.
(nearest Northern Line Tube stations are Warren Street/ Euston)

FREE - Prof. Bob White FRS: A Christian Response to Global Warming (2.30pm-3.30pm)

FREE - Prof. Alister McGrath: Building Bridges Between Science and Faith (4pm-5pm)


The afternoon lectures are partnered with two free children's workshops (which start 10mins prior to the adult lecture), so why not make it a family day out?

For more info, why not visit our webpage? www.pentecostfestival.co.uk/science

Or contact us: email jb460@cam.ac.uk or call (01223) 741 283

 
 

 

FREE! CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS - Saturday 10th May

March 25, 2008

AGED 8-16 or know someone who is?CHALLENGE YOUR MIND, MAKE SLIME & HAVE FUN AT OUR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPSSaturday 10th May@University

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AGED 8-16 or know someone who is?

CHALLENGE YOUR MIND, MAKE SLIME & HAVE FUN AT OUR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

Saturday 10th May
@University College London (Wilkins North Cloisters)

Nearest Tube Stations:
Warren Street / Euston

FREE
Prof. Colin Humphreys
&
Dr Berry Billingsley
Make a Miracle Happen!
(2.20pm - 3.30pm)

FREE
Prof. Colin Humphreys
&
Dr Berry Billingsley
Wow! This Universe is Awesome!
(3.50pm - 5pm)

The Faraday Institute & CiS are running two free children's workshops as part of the Pentecost Festival weekend.

Why not come and explore the Big Questions in Life while having fun with science?

The workshops are full supervised and are being run by science teachers and RE teachers with special guest Prof. Colin Humphreys CBE FREng from the University of Cambridge. Prof. Humphreys will be bringing along some amazing materials with weird properties. Parents are welcome to participate or attend the free lectures for adults (see other NEWS item). Workshops start 10mins earlier than the lectures to enable parents to drop children off beforehand and go join in the grown-up stuff.

Pre-registration for the children's events preferred - please get in touch to find out how. (see below):

For more information visit our webpage www.pentecostfestival.co.uk/science
or contact Jennifer:
email: jb460@cam.ac.uk
tel: (01223) 471 283

Buffet & Lecture - ALISTER McGRATH - The Dawkins Delusion: Has Science Killed Off God?

March 25, 2008

Prof. Alister McGrathThe Dawkins Delusion: Has Science Killed Off God?Saturday 10th May 2008@City University, Northampton Square, London(Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre)Nearest

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Prof. Alister McGrath
The Dawkins Delusion: Has Science Killed Off God?

Saturday 10th May 2008
@City University, Northampton Square, London
(Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre)

Nearest Tube Station: Angel (Northern Line)

buffet 6.30pm
lecture 7.30pm

Tickets: £10

In this wide-ranging lecture, Prof. McGrath will critique the views of Richard Dawkins and discuss whether science and religion are locked in mortal combat, as Prof. Dawkins maintains, or whether there might in reality be a more fruitful and positive relationship between them. Prof. McGrath (who at one time was, like Dawkins, a committed atheist), lectures widely on the subject of science and faith. This overview will be accessible to those both with or without a background in science, of any faith or none. Following the lecture, a good period of questions will enable the audience to engage with Prof. McGrath and his views on the 'Dawkins Delusion'.

For more information contact Jennifer - jb460@cam.ac.uk or (01223) 741 283 or visit our webpage www.pentecostfestival.co.uk/science where you can also buy tickets.

This event is brought to you as a joint venture between The Faraday Institute & CiS as part of the London-based Pentecost Festival 2008.

Day Conference - The Root Causes of Environmental Unsustainability

March 3, 2008

John Ray Initiative and The Faraday Institute‘The root causes of environmental unsustainability’atBuckingham House conference centre, New Hall, Cambridge 25 June 2008 9.30

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John Ray Initiative and The Faraday Institute

‘The root causes of environmental unsustainability’
at
Buckingham House conference centre, New Hall, Cambridge

 25 June 2008 9.30 am – 5.45 pm

Sustainable is a word that is widely employed to describe a desirable future for the world and its peoples. The simplest definition of sustainability is ‘not cheating on our children’; to that should be added, ‘not cheating on our neighbours’ and ‘not cheating on the rest of creation’. We live in a world that is cheating in all these respects and is moving fast in unsustainable directions. Can we identify the main causes of this unsustainability? This one day conference in Cambridge will explore The root causes of  environmental unsustainability from scientific, economic, ethical and theological perspectives and the changes that could begin to map out a sustainable future. Each presentation will be for 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

 

NOTE THAT (FREE) REGISTRATION HAS TO BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE WITH JOHN.MCKEOWN@JRI.ORG.UK  (TEL. 01242 714842)  AS DO LUNCH TICKETS IF REQUIRED (£10)

 09.00–09.30
Registration and coffee

 09.30–11.00
Prof Bob White, FRS (Cambridge Univ): Introduction and welcome
Sir John Houghton, FRS: A sustainable climate
Dr Jim McCarthy (President-elect AAAS):  The Denial and Misinformation industry

11.00–11.30
Coffee

  11.30–13.30
Prof John Guillebaud (Oxford): Can we achieve a sustainable population?
Prof Cal de Witt (Wisconsin & Au Sable Inst): Unsustainable agriculture and land use
Prof Donald Hay (Oxford Univ): Economics of environmental unsustainability

13.30–14.30
Lunch (£10 by ticket)

 14.30–16.00
Dr Paul Chambers (Defra): Energy policy and sustainability
Ian Arbon (Visiting Prof, Newcastle Univ): Sustainable energy

16.00–16.30
Tea

 16.30–17.45
Prof Michael Northcott (Edinburgh Univ): The ethics and theology of sustainability
Prof Bob White, FRS (Cambridge Univ): Environmental care: science and theology

 See flier for more details at http://www.jri.org.uk/news/Unsustainability_leaflet.pdf or email john.mckeown@jri.org.uk (tel. 01242 714842).

Joint Faraday Institute - Veritas Forum Events

February 20, 2008

Saturday 1 March 2008The topic of  Cambridge's first Veritas Forum is "Faith in the Public Sphere."In the UK in general,

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Saturday 1 March 2008

The topic of  Cambridge's first Veritas Forum is "Faith in the Public Sphere."

In the UK in general, and in Cambridge in particular, there has been much discussion about religion in the public sphere.

The Faraday Institute has joined with the Veritas Forum to organise the following two Conference Seminars:

Dawkins, Science and Faith

Dr Denis Alexander
(Faraday Institute)

5:00pm. Emmanuel College Seminar Rooms

Science in the Public Sphere

Revd. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS
(University of Cambridge)

8:00pm. Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site

 


 


Book sales break record

February 4, 2008

"Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White proving popular with readers." "Sales of best-seller The Dawkins

"Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White proving popular with readers."

"Sales of best-seller The Dawkins Delusion are just passing the 50,000 mark, and was Waterstones’ top seller in Religion for 2007."

"It’s really good to see Christian books taken seriously...."

SPCK Publishing breaks sales record

SPCK Publishing saw its best month ever for sales in January, with a mix of high-profile new books and a strong performance by its backlist.

‘It’s about having the right titles, and about good selling’, said Joanna Moriarty, Publishing Director. ‘As ever in publishing it’s a team effort, but special credit has to go to Alan Mordue (Sales and Marketing Director) and the sales team. We knew this year was going to be a real challenge, but they’ve really risen to the occasion and delivered the goods. We’re really proud to have this success to celebrate in what we expected to be a pretty difficult year.’

Sales of best-seller The Dawkins Delusion are just passing the 50,000 mark, and was Waterstones’ top seller in Religion for 2007. ‘There are some big books and big names in the mix, including Alister McGrath and Tom Wright, but what’s especially pleasing is that the sales have been across the board, in all sorts of books, and to both the general trade and the specialist Christian trade,’ said Alan Mordue. ‘Even the self-help market, which had been in the doldrums earlier in the year, has seen a real uplift this month.’

Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer and Robert White, Surprised by Hope from Tom Wright, and Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath are all proving popular with readers, alongside eternal favourites such as Faith Confirmed by Peter Jackson and Chris Wright, and modern classics such as The Life and Work of a Priest by John Pritchard.

Sales for the month have exceeded the record for a single month set in 2002, the year that saw the launch of Tom Wright’s ‘For Everyone’ series. The latest to appear in that series, Acts for Everyone, published in January 2008, is part of the current success story.

Simon Kingston, CEO, said ‘This is a fine achievement and I want to congratulate everyone involved. It’s really good to see Christian books taken seriously on the high street, and forming part of the general discussions of ordinary people.’

For further information, or to arrange to speak to Joanna Moriarty, contact

Mark Casserley, Publicity Officer mcasserley@spck.org.uk, 020 7592 3934

Dramatisation of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin and Asa Gray - 7 February

January 8, 2008

Re:Design – a fresh opportunity to see the Dramatisation by Craig Baxter of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin and Asa

Re:Design – a fresh opportunity to see the Dramatisation by Craig Baxter of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin and Asa Gray put on by the Menagerie Theatre Company. This is a preview prior to the company’s forthcoming US Tour. The Faraday Institute is hosting the show at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 7th February in the Garden Seminar Room at St. Edmund’s College. Tickets (which include a drink) are only £2 each (to be collected at the door) and may be secured by e-mailing Polly Stanton at faraday.administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk. The show will last about 1hr 15 min and will be followed by some audience feed-back. Places are strictly limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis – but if you do pre-register, please show up on the night!

Course bursaries for teachers

November 27, 2007

We are delighted to announce that the Hockerill Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to the Faraday Institute to fund

We are delighted to announce that the Hockerill Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to the Faraday Institute to fund bursaries for schoolteachers and trainee teachers from the UK or overseas to attend Faraday courses.  The bursaries will cover travel costs, course fees and a book grant.  If you wish to apply for a Hockerill bursary, please go to the bursary application form for the course which interests you.    For more information contact Faraday.Administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk

Vacancy - Second Research Assistant Post JP/NB

November 27, 2007

Research AssistantThe Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s College, CambridgeA one-year position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday

Research Assistant
The Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

A one-year position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The job involves working alongside the Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS and Nicholas Beale to assist in research and writing involved in the completion of publication projects on science and faith.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in the science and religion field,  proven writing skills, knowledge and experience of the beliefs of the mainstream Christian churches, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). A strong background in philosophy would be beneficial. The salary will be in the range £21,682- £29,139 based on qualifications and previous experience, and the position is funded for one year in the first instance.
Further details may be obtained from Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk naming Position JP/NB. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications should be submitted by 12th December 2007. Interviews will be held during the week before Christmas, with an expected start-date in January, 2008.

Death of Peter Lipton

November 26, 2007

It is with the deepest regret and sense of shock and loss that we announce the death of Professor Peter

It is with the deepest regret and sense of shock and loss that we announce the death of Professor Peter Lipton, Head of the History & Philosophy of Science Dept, Cambridge University, and Faraday Associate, who died suddenly of natural causes on the evening of Sunday 25 November 2007.

GOD OR MULTIVERSE? - a one day event on 24 November 2007

November 7, 2007

GOD OR MULTIVERSE?A ONE-DAY OPEN DIALOGUE HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL NETWORK9.30 AM - 5.30 PM SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER

GOD OR MULTIVERSE?

A ONE-DAY OPEN DIALOGUE HOSTED BY THE SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL NETWORK

9.30 AM - 5.30 PM SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2007

HOWARD BUILDING, DOWNING COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PROF BERNARD CARR, PROF PETER COLES, REV DR
RODNEY HOLDER, SIR JOHN POLKINGHORNE, PROF KEITH WARD

FULL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMME CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE WEBSITE
http://www.scimednet.org/pdf/godormultiverse.pdf

COST £65 (INCLUDING COFFEE, TEA, LUNCH). £20 FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS.
OTHER CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE.  ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

TEL 01608-652000, FAX 01608-652001, E-MAIL:info@scimednet.org

Vacancy, Research Assistant

October 22, 2007

Research Assistant,Church Science-Faith Resources ProjectThe Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s College, CambridgeA position has become available for a Research Assistant at

Research Assistant,
Church Science-Faith Resources Project

The Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

A position has become available for a Research Assistant at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The job involves assisting the manager of a project developing science-faith materials for churches. The job will involve research for film, print and web-based materials, writing, trial of materials, and some general administration. The position will involve some travel.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of the beliefs and culture of the mainstream Christian churches, will have an interest in the interactions between science and faith, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org). Some background in theology would be beneficial. The salary will be in the range £21,682- £27,466 based on qualifications and previous experience, and the position is funded for two years.

Further details may be obtained from Mrs Polly Stanton at ps400@cam.ac.uk. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications should be submitted by 21st November 2007. Interviews will be held in late November/early December, with an expected start-date of 7th January, 2008.

Science and Religion for Church Leaders - some places still available

September 3, 2007

There are still some spaces remaining on Short Course 8: Science and Religion for Church Leaders, taking place in Cambridge

There are still some spaces remaining on Short Course 8: Science and Religion for Church Leaders, taking place in Cambridge at St Edmund's College and New Hall from 6 - 8 November 2007. The course is suitable for anyone in a church leadership role, including those training for ministry.

Topics covered include the Big Bang, Evolution, Bioethics and the Environment. Speakers include Dr Gordon Wenham, Rt Revd James Jones, Prof. John Bryant and Dr Allan Chapman.

Further details on the course page. Apply now. Deadline for applications: Tuesday 9th October.

Job Vacancy

August 17, 2007

Part-Time AdministratorThe Faraday Institute, St. Edmund’s College, CambridgeA position has become available for a part-time Administrator (40-50%) at the Faraday

Part-Time Administrator

The Faraday Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge

A position has become available for a part-time Administrator (40-50%) at the Faraday Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. The job involves assisting the director of an outreach programme in science and religion activities. The job will involve literature surveys, filing, correspondence, and other secretarial duties. Efficiency, attention to detail, IT and computing skills, and ability to meet dead-lines will be important qualities of the successful candidate, who will be familiar with the usual administrative computing tools, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute (www.faraday-institute.org).

The post is available immediately and will be for one year in the first instance. The salary will be in the range £16,100-£19,264 (pro-rata) based on qualifications and previous experience.

Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk], by 31st August 2007. Interviews will be held in September with an expected start-date of 1st October.

New resource - Faraday papers to buy

June 26, 2007

Faraday Papers are now available to buy in multiples of 10 from the online shop. Prices are £1.50 for a

Faraday Papers are now available to buy in multiples of 10 from the online shop. Prices are £1.50 for a pack of 10 copies. There is also the option to order a pack of 13 papers (1 of each) for £2 per pack.

The Faraday papers are designed to provide the general reader with accessible and readable introductions to the relationship between science and religion. Written by a broad range of authors who are expert in the field, they are ideal starting points for group discussion.

Titles currently available include:
Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: 'The Science and Religion Debate - An Introduction'.
Dr Denis Alexander: 'Models for Relating Science and Religion'
Revd Dr Ernest Lucas: 'Interpreting Genesis in the 21st Century'
Prof. Alister McGrath: 'Has Science Killed God?'

Honours for Faraday Advisory Board Members

June 20, 2007

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Sir Brian Heap FRS, Chairman of our Advisory Board, for his Honorary degree of

The Faraday Institute would like to congratulate Sir Brian Heap FRS, Chairman of our Advisory Board, for his Honorary degree of Doctor of Science bestowed by St. Andrew's University this week, and also Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell FRS, a member of the Advisory Board, for recently being awarded the DBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours Awards.

Vacancy - Public Relations and Media INTERN

June 12, 2007

A position has become available for a Public Relations and Media Intern. The successful candidate will be a graduate

A position has become available for a Public Relations and Media Intern. The successful candidate will be a graduate in anthropology, sociology, or theology, with administration and good communication skills, who will assist the director of an outreach programme in science and religion activities in Cambridge. An interest in the science and religion debate is crucial, as well as a good knowledge of how the debate is played out in the media. The successful candidate will be required to work alongside, and to understudy, the director in promoting coverage of science and religion issues in print journalism, book publishing, TV and radio broadcasting. Good research skills and an aptitude for dealing with authors and editors are essential.

The post is available immediately and will be for one year in the first instance. The salary will be in the range £20,842-£27,193 based on qualifications and previous experience.

Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ps400@cam.ac.uk], by 12th July 2007. Interviews will be held in July.

Summer Course Unit 1 - some places still available

June 12, 2007

There are still some spaces remaining on Unit 1 of this year's Faraday Institute Summer Course, taking place at St

There are still some spaces remaining on Unit 1 of this year's Faraday Institute Summer Course, taking place at St Edmund's College Cambridge from 20 - 26 July. Topics covered under the theme of 'Science, Humanity and Religion' include the Big Bang and Cosmology, Scientists' problems with Religion, Bioethics and the Environment. Speakers include Prof. Roger Trigg, Prof. Calvin DeWitt, Prof. David Cook, Prof. Alan Padgett, Revd Dr David Wilkinson, Revd Dr Michael Banner, and Prof. John Bryant.

Further details on the Unit 1 course page. Apply now.

Job Vacancy - Marketing and Events Manager

May 21, 2007

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, wishes to appoint a Marketing and Events

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, wishes to appoint a Marketing and Events Manager. The Manager will spend about half their time in Marketing the journal Science & Christian Belief, together with Institute outputs, and the other half in the promotion and organisation of the Institute’s activities, which include short-term courses, lectures and seminars, including filming and editing Institute events for the web-site (see the Multimedia folder at www.faraday-institute.org). The position will involve some travel.

The post will become available in early September 2007 and will be for one year in the first instance. The successful candidate will have significant experience in marketing and an aptitude for events management, will have an interest in the interactions between science and faith, and must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Faraday Institute. The salary will be in the range £23,692-£32,796 based on qualifications and previous experience.

Further details may be obtained from the Faraday Administrator, Mrs Polly Stanton, at ps400@cam.ac.uk. Applications should include a c/v, naming three referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. Applications should be sent to: Dr. Denis Alexander, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK, by 4th June 2007.

Faraday Papers available for download

April 4, 2007

The first set of Faraday Papers are now available for download from the Faraday Papers page. The Faraday Papers provide

The first set of Faraday Papers are now available for download from the Faraday Papers page. The Faraday Papers provide the general reader with accessible and readable introductions to the relationship between science and religion, written by a broad range of authors who are expert in the field, including Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS, Prof. Sir John Houghton FRS and Prof. Alister McGrath. Further papers will be added as they appear.

Faraday Papers are provided for free download and may be copied and reproduced freely for educational and non-profit purposes only. Paper copies will soon be available for purchase from the online shop.

15 May 2007CiS-Faraday Lecture "Can a Scientist Believe the Resurrection?"

March 28, 2007

The Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham will give the next CiS-Faraday lecture, entitled Can a Scientist Believe

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The Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham will give the next CiS-Faraday lecture, entitled Can a Scientist Believe the Resurrection? on Tuesday 15 May at 5.30pm. The lecture will be held in the Babbage Theatre, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments and a bookstall will be available. All are welcome to attend this public lecture.

Science and Religion - the Contemporary Debate

March 8, 2007

A Panel on Science and Religion is being organised by the Faraday Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of

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A Panel on Science and Religion is being organised by the Faraday Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of Science Week. This will be held on Saturday, 17th March at 7.00 p.m. in Michaelhouse. Panel members will give very brief summaries of their particular perspectives on the discussion followed by an extensive time for discussion between audience and Panel. The panel members are:
Chair: Prof. John Durant (Director, MIT Museum, Boston, USA)
Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS (Cambridge)
Dr. Usama Hasan (Middlesex University, advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain on scientific matters)
Prof. Bob White FRS (Cambridge)
Prof. Colin Humphreys (Cambridge)
Dr. Denis Alexander (Cambridge)

Faraday Summer Course 2007

March 8, 2007

Applications are open for Faraday Institute Summer Course No. 2, held from 20 July to 2 August in St Edmund's

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Applications are open for Faraday Institute Summer Course No. 2, held from 20 July to 2 August in St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

The Summer course consists of 2 week-long units. Unit 1: Science, Humanity and Religion will cover topics including the rationality of science and religion, cosmology including the anthropic principle, ethical issues in the biosciences, and environmental concern. Unit 2: The Origins of Science and the Science of Origins will cover historical and philosophical perspectives, and issues raised by biology, including the theory of evolution, and by modern neuroscience.

The course speakers are experts in their field, drawn from across the world, including: Prof. John Hedley Brooke, Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS, Prof. David Cook, Prof. Peter Harrison, Prof. Ernan McMullin, Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS, Prof. Kenneth Miller, Prof. Bob White FRS.

Find out more on the Summer Course 2007 page.

Stem Cells: Playing God Again?

February 23, 2007

This term's CiS-Faraday lecture will be a debate on Stem Cells on 6th March at 5.30 pm in the Howard

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This term's CiS-Faraday lecture will be a debate on Stem Cells on 6th March at 5.30 pm in the Howard Building, Downing College.

Dr William Hurlbut from Stanford who is an advisor on bioethics to the US President will debate head-to-head with Sir Brian Heap (Cambridge, formerly Foreign Scretary of The Royal Society). This provides an excellent opportunity to engage with the US presidential view on such matters which tends to be so different from that enshrined in current UK legislation, and is timely in view of both UK and US current debate on this issue. The debate will be chaired by Prof. Sir Martin Evans FRS, who is Director of the School of Biosciences and Professor of Mammalian Genetics of Cardiff University. This will be an interactive discussion with ample opportunity for questions from the floor.

The discussion will be followed by refreshments with a bookstall available. All are welcome.

Seminars - new term, new venue

February 2, 2007

Tuesday 30 January saw the first seminar of 2007 in a new venue, the Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund's

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Tuesday 30 January saw the first seminar of 2007 in a new venue, the Garden Room, Library Building, St Edmund's College. Over 60 people were there to hear Dr Simon Mitton, Fellow of St Edmund's, talk on 'A history of cosmologies and their religious contexts'.

If you missed the seminar, you can find audio and video recordings of this seminar and previous seminars, on the mutlimedia page.

The next seminar of 2007 will be on Tuesday 13 February at 1pm in the Garden Room. The speaker will be Prof. Wilson Poon of Edinburgh University and his subject will be "Science and the hiddenness of God'. All are welcome to the seminar and to the free buffet lunch, served from 12.30pm.

Lent Term Research Seminars - new venue

January 5, 2007

This term, the Faraday Research Seminars will move to their new venue, the Garden Room in the new St Edmund's

This term, the Faraday Research Seminars will move to their new venue, the Garden Room in the new St Edmund's Library Building. The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. There is a free buffet lunch before each seminar, available from 12.30pm in the Garden Room.

Details of this term's Faraday Institute Research seminars can be found by clicking on 'Seminars' in the sidebar. You will also find mp3 recordings of all previous seminars.

The first seminar of 2007 will be on Tuesday 30 January at 1.00pm. Dr Simon Mitton, Fellow of St Edmund's College, will give a talk entitled 'A history of cosmologies and their religious contexts'.

Faraday Multimedia shop now open

December 21, 2006

Faraday Institute lectures, seminars and course sessions are now available to buy via this website, on DVD and CD.CDs (£3)

Faraday Institute lectures, seminars and course sessions are now available to buy via this website, on DVD and CD.

CDs (£3) are audio only. DVDs (£5) are video and will play in domestic DVD players. Click on 'Shop' in the sidebar to see a complete list of available recordings.