July 6-11, 2014

Lucy Cavendish College

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

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  • Prof Justin Barrett : Psychology and Religious Belief
  • Revd Dave Bookless : The Environment: Ethical and Religious Issues
  • John Hedley Brooke : The Historical Roots of Modern Science
  • John Bryant : Darwin, Genes and God
  • Dr Barbara Drossel : Complex Systems, Emergence and God
  • Dr Mark Harris : Creation in the Bible and in Science
  • Noreen Herzfeld : Memory and Personhood
  • Elaine Howard Ecklund : The Faiths of Scientists in the UK, US, and India
  • Dr Erin Joakim : Religious Responses to Natural Disasters
  • Tom McLeish : Exploring the Relationship between Science and Religion
  • Tom McLeish : Faith and Wisdom in Science
  • Michael Murray : Evil in Evolution – a Philosopher’s Perspective
  • Michael Murray : Does Evolutionary Theory Undermine Religious Belief?
  • Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler : The Origins of Humanity: Cultural and Religious Development
  • John Walton : Origins in Genesis
  • Revd Prof David Wilkinson : Science, Religion and the Search for Extra- Terrestrial Intelligence
  • Revd Prof David Wilkinson : God and Cosmology
  • Dr Jennifer Wiseman : New Surprises in an Ancient Universe
  • John Wyatt : What is a Person?

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 the Woolf Building, 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 pm Registration
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Monday July 7: Theme – ‘Science and Religion in Dialogue’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Welcome/Introduction
9.15 am Prof. Tom McLeish: Exploring the Relationship between Science and Religion
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Mark Harris: Creation in the Bible and in Science
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.15 pm Small Group Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund: The Faiths of Scientists in the UK, US, and India
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Revd Prof David Wilkinson: God and Cosmology
4.45 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Small Group Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Panel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Tuesday July 8: Theme – ‘The Big Picture’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. John Hedley Brooke: The Historical Roots of Modern Science
9.45 am Questions and Discussion
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am Revd Prof David Wilkinson: Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
11.30 am Questions and Discussion
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Optional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pm Tea Break
3.45 pm Dr Jennifer Wiseman: New Surprises in an Ancient Universe
4.30 pm Questions and Discussion
5.00 pm Short Break
5.15 pm Prof. Tom McLeish: Faith and Wisdom in Science
6.00 pm Questions and Discussion
6.30 pm Small Group Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Panel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Wednesday July 9: Theme – ‘Biological and Anthropological Origins’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. John Bryant: Darwin, Genes and God
9.45 am Questions and Discussion
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am Prof. Dr Barbara Drossel: Complex Systems, Emergence and God
11.30 am Questions and Discussion
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Optional Tours: Visit to Darwin papers/Cambridge Science Tour
3.15 pm Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler: The Origins of Humanity: Cultural and Religious Development
4.30 pm Questions and Discussion
5.00 pm Short Break
5.15 pm Prof. Michael Murray: Does Evolutionary Theory Undermine Religious Belief?
6.00 pm Questions and Discussion
6.30 pm Small Group Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Panel Discussion with Speakers
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Thursday July 10: Theme – ‘Living in the Real World’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Dr Erin Joakim: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters
9.45 am Questions and Discussion
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am Prof. Michael Murray: Evil in Evolution  a Philosopher’s Perspective
11.30 am Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Free time
3.15 pm Tea Break
3.45 pm Revd Dave Bookless: The Environment: Ethical and Religious Issues
4.30 pm Questions and Discussion
5.00 pm Small Group Discussion
5.30 pm Panel Discussion with Speakers
6.30 pm Free time
7.00 pm Reception and Gala Dinner
 

Friday July 11: Theme – ‘Who are We?’

9.00 am Prof. John Walton: Origins in Genesis
9.45 am Questions and Discussion
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am Prof. John Wyatt: What is a Person?
11.30 am Questions and Discussion
12.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm Prof Justin Barrett: Psychology and Religious Belief
1.45 pm Questions and Discussion
2.00 pm Short Break
2.15 pm Prof. Noreen Herzfeld: Memory and Personhood
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.15 pm Panel Discussion with Speakers
4.15 pm Dr Denis Alexander: Concluding remarks from the Emeritus Director
4.30 pm Tea and Cakes and Depart

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