April 3-5, 2009

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

This short weekend course is for busy teachers, whether in the sciences, philosophy or religious studies. It will give informed input by highly qualified experts on some of the latest thinking in the science-religion area, give information about resources available to teachers, as well as tackle some of the thorny issues arising in the classroom. The ‘projects session’ listed in the schedule below will comprise presentations of various course materials by Martin Rogers (Science and Religion in Schools Project), Dr John Ling (Wonder Project) and Dr Ruth Bancewicz (Faraday Institute school resources project).

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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  • Dr Denis Alexander : Evolution and Religion
  • Simon Conway Morris FRS : Fine-Tuning in Biology
  • Keith Fox : Current Ethical Challenges in Modern Biology
  • Revd Dr Rodney Holder : Is the Universe Designed?
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: The Interaction between Science and Theology
  • Dr John Taylor : Perspectives on Science and The Truth about Truth
  • Bob White FRS : Global Climate Change

Venue

The course will be held in the Garden Room of St Edmund’s College.

Course Schedule

Friday April 3
6.00 pm Arrival
6.45 pm Dinner
7.45 pm Introduction
8.00 pm Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Interaction between Science and Theology
9.00 pm Questions and Discussion
9.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Saturday April 4

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Projects Session
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Darwin�s Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Songs of Creation
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr Denis Alexander: Does Evolution Have Any Religious Significance?
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Prof. Keith Fox: Current Ethical Challenges in Modern Biology
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Gala Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers � Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Sunday April 5

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Bob White FRS: Global Climate Change: Why should we Care?
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr John Taylor: Perspectives on Science: A New Venture in History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science in Post-16 Education
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr John Taylor: The Truth about Truth: Realism and Relativism. A Workshop in Exploring Philosophical Ideas in the Classroom
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Depart

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