Feb 12-14, 2016

Madingley Hall

Aim of Course

This weekend course will explore a number of different areas of biology that raise important questions for humankind, and for Christian theology. For example: Are the processes of the living world ordered or chaotic? Is evolution compatible with purpose? Is there more kindness than cruelty in the world? How unique is our genetic code? The aim will be to move beyond the usual controversies about biology and belief, such as discussions about whether evolution is compatible with scripture, exploring instead questions that are coming out of current mainstream science. Lectures will be delivered by experienced scientists and theologians, with plenty of time for discussion. As with all Faraday courses, this weekend is aimed towards thinking people from a variety of backgrounds, both scientists and non-scientists.

The residential costs for the course is £250 (£145 non-res) full participant, £200 (£120 non-res) for post docs and £140 (£85 non-res) for students.

Further information

Biology and Belief Schedule

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course.

  • Simon Conway Morris FRS : Curiosity in Evolution
  • Stephen Freeland : The Genetic Code
  • Jeff Hardin : Cellular Symphony
  • Dr Rhoda Hawkins : Ordered Disorder in Biology
  • Dr Hilary Marlow : The Bible and Biology
  • Alister McGrath : Biology and Natural Theology
  • Dr Margaret Miller : Ecology: Living Communities
  • Jeff Schloss : Cooperation and Survival in Evolutionary Biology


The course will be held at Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ. www.madingleyhall.co.uk/

Set in magnificent gardens just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, Madingley Hall provides a memorable setting.
Built in the 16th century, this elegant country house has en-suite accommodation, all within seven acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, designed in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Directions to Madingley Hall are available here www.madingleyhall.co.uk/assets/media/documents/delegate_guide.pdf

Course Schedule

Friday February 12
3.00 pm Arrival and Registration at Madingley Hall
5.00 pm Travel provided from Madingley Hall to Murray Edwards College
5.30 pm Prof. Jeff Hardin: How We Are Made: Embryos, Biology, and Belief (at Murray Edwards College)
7.00 pm Drinks Reception (Murray Edwards College)
7.30 pm Transport provided to Madingley Hall from Murray Edwards College
8.00 pm Dinner
9.15 pm Welcome and Introductions
9.30 pm Bar and Getting to Know You

Saturday February 13

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Prof. Stephen Freeland: The Genetic Code
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Rhoda Hawkins: Ordered Disorder in Biology
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.15 pm Free time
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Curiosity in Evolution
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Jeff Schloss: Cooperation and Survival in Evolutionary Biology
4.45 pm Questions and Discussion
5.15 pm Free time
6.30 pm Dinner
8.00 pm Any Questions? Discussion panel with the speakers
9.00 pm Bar and informal discussion
10.00 pm Drinks

Sunday February 14

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Prof. Alister McGrath: Biology and Natural Theology
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Margaret Miller: Ecology: Living Communities
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.15 pm Free time
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Dr Hilary Marlow: The Bible and Biology
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea and Depart