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Faraday Institute Summer Course No 9: Science and Religion - Engaging in Constructive Dialogue

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: July 6-11, 2014

Deadline for applications: June 13, 2014
Deadline for Bursary applications: May 6, 2014

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 relationship between religious belief and different scientific disciplines, including physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

Please Note: The Tour de France is travelling through Cambridge on Monday 7th July, and travel into Cambridge will be affected on the 6th and 7th July.  Please check the following websites for more information  www.cambridge.gov.uk/le-tour-cambridge  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/letourstage3.htm

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 Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking.  The College is a short taxi-ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes.

 Location map for Lucy Cavendish College.

Course Schedule

Sunday July 6
6.00 pmRegistration
7.00 pmDinner
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 7: Theme - 'Science and Religion in Dialogue'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amWelcome/Introduction
9.15 amProf. Tom McLeish: Exploring the Relationship between Science and Religion
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Mark Harris: Creation in the Bible and in Science
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.15 pmSmall Group Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.15 pmProf. Elaine Howard Ecklund: The Faiths of Scientists in the UK, US, and India
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmRevd Prof David Wilkinson: God and Cosmology
4.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 8: Theme - 'The Big Picture'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Hedley Brooke: The Historical Roots of Modern Science
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amRevd Prof David Wilkinson: Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.00 pmLunch
1.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmDr Jennifer Wiseman: New Surprises in an Ancient Universe
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmShort Break
5.15 pmProf. Tom McLeish: Faith and Wisdom in Science
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
6.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 9: Theme - 'Biological and Anthropological Origins'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. John Bryant: Darwin, Genes and God
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amProf. Dr Barbara Drossel: Complex Systems, Emergence and God
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.00 pmLunch
1.00 pmOptional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pmDr Cara Wall-Scheffler: The Origins of Humanity: Cultural and Religious Development
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmShort Break
5.15 pmProf. Michael Murray: Does Evolutionary Theory Undermine Religious Belief?
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
6.30 pmSmall Group Discussion
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 10: Theme - 'Living in the Real World'
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Erin Joakim: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amProf. Michael Murray: Evil in Evolution – a Philosopher’s Perspective
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.00 pmFree time
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmRevd Dave Bookless: The Environment: Ethical and Religious Issues
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmSmall Group Discussion
5.30 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
6.30 pmFree time
7.00 pmReception and Gala Dinner
Friday July 11: Theme - 'Who are We?'
9.00 amProf. John Walton: Origins in Genesis
9.45 amQuestions and Discussion
10.15 amCoffee Break
10.45 amProf. John Wyatt: What is a Person?
11.30 amQuestions and Discussion
12.00 pmLunch
1.00 pmProf Justin Barrett: Psychology and Religious Belief
1.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.00 pmShort Break
2.15 pmProf. Noreen Herzfeld: Memory and Personhood
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.15 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers
4.15 pmDr Denis Alexander: Concluding remarks from the Emeritus Director
4.30 pmTea and Cakes and Depart