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Summer Course no. 5: Science and Faith: Past and Present Perspectives

St Edmund’s College: July 11-17, 2010

Deadline for applications: June 11, 2010
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 14, 2010

Aim of Course

In this one week course a wide range of topics at the science/religion interface will be addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The topics to be covered include historical and philosophical perspectives; the relationships between cosmology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience with religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Sunday July 11
6.00 pmArrival
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 12: Theme - 'Historical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Peter Harrison: Religion and the Rise of Modern Science
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Stephen Williams: Science, Faith and Reason
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Ernan McMullin (deceased): The Christian Doctrine of Creation
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr James Hannam: The Importance of Medieval Science
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 13: Theme - 'Physics and Faith'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Anthropic Principle
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Stephen Blundell: What is matter?
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
5.30 pmDr Jennifer Wiseman: Habitable exoplanets: the implications for human significance
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 14: Theme - 'Biology and Evolution'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Simon Conway Morris: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Jeff Schloss: Evolutionary Perspectives on Morality and Altruism
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmCambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr Cara Wall-Scheffler: Human Anthropology and the Origins of Religion
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmRevd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 15: Theme - 'The Brain'
9.00 amProf. Peter Clarke: The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
9.00 amBreakfast
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr. William Struthers: The Mind-Body Problem and Theology
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmRevd Dr Alasdair Coles: Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDr. William Struthers: Consciousness in Psychological and Christian Perspectives
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Friday July 16: Theme - 'Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Cherryl Hunt: Ethics, Theology and the Biosciences
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. John Bryant: Genes and Embryos
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. John Wyatt: What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Elaine Howard Ecklund: The Religious and Ethical Beliefs of Scientists
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers – Questions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
Saturday July 17
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDepart