Jan 9-11, 2013

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

This course is intended primarily for students of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. However, applications are welcome for up to 10 further places for similar delegates from outside Cambridge. The course aims to introduce various aspects of the science-religion dialogue, including evolution, cosmology and neuroscience as well as anthropogenic climate change and the ways in which we might respond to that as future church leaders. Scientific and theological background will be given, plus practical application and illustration of imaginative church-based schemes.  Lectures will be in the Garden Room, St Edmund’s College, with lunches nearby at Westminster College. Accommodation for those from outside Cambridge will be provided in one of these Colleges or a suitable alternative.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

  • Dr Denis Alexander : Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
  • Dr Ruth Bancewicz : Test of Faith
  • Revd Dave Bookless : Resourcing the Church: Bringing Creation Care to the Local Church
  • Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles : Brain Disease and Faith; and Handling Questions on Science and Religion in the Parish
  • Revd Dr Rodney Holder : Is the Universe Designed?
  • Dr Hilary Marlow : Theology of Creation: The Foundation for Environmental Concern
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue

Venue

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

Course Schedule

Wednesday January 9
9.30 am Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue
10.30 am Questions and Discussion
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Is the Universe Designed?
12.30 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Denis Alexander: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Group Discussion
4.30 pm Finish for the Day
 

Thursday January 10

9.30 am Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain disease and faith: lessons for the scientist, pastor and theologian
10.30 am Questions and Discussion
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Dr Ruth Bancewicz: Test of Faith: A Course for Churches
12.30 pm Group Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Handling Questions on Science and Religion in the Parish
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Group Discussion
4.30 pm Finish for the Day
 

Friday January 11

9.30 am Dr Hilary Marlow: Theology of Creation: The Foundation for Environmental Concern
10.20 am Questions and Discussion
10.45 am Coffee Break
11.15 am Revd Dave Bookless: Resourcing the Church: Bringing Creation Care to the Local Church
12.05 pm Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Group Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Depart

 

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