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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!