July 3-8, 2016

Lucy Cavendish College

Aim of Course

What does science have to do with religion? Are they separate worldviews, perhaps even conflicting ones that should be kept apart at all costs or can they be brought into constructive conversation? How do different religious traditions view the dialogue between faith and science? In this five day course we will explore the relationship between science and religion from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, theological and philosophical. A team of world-renowned speakers from a range of disciplines will contribute to the dialogue from their own experience and area of expertise in the keynote lectures. In addition optional workshops on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific scientific topics in more depth. There will be the opportunity to explore Camrbidge’s scientific heritage through a number of guided tours.

The residential costs for the course are £725 (£395 non-res) full participant, £540 (£285 non-res) for post docs and £410 (£200 non-res) for students.

Accommodation is available on request on Saturday 2nd July and Friday 8th July for an additional fee.

A limited number of bursaries (scholarships) are available – see the Bursaries section of this website. Student members of Christians in Science (UK) may be eligible for a CiS bursary – for more details contact the CiS Development Officer Emily Sturgess on DO@cis.org.uk

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course .

  • Dr James Hannam : Historical perspectives on science and religion
  • Dr Mark Harris : The Bible and origins
  • Dr Mark Harris : Science and religion: a clash of worldviews?
  • Dr Usama Hasan : Islam and Evolution
  • Elaine Howard Ecklund : Religious views of scientists
  • Rt Revd James Jones : What has faith to do with the environment?
  • Dr David Lahti : Human evolution and moral freedom
  • Dr David Lahti : Biology and personhood
  • Dr Vinoth Ramachandra : God and natural evil
  • Dr Vinoth Ramachandra : Artificial intelligence and robotics: ethical and theological issues
  • Mary Schweitzer : Dinosaurs, molecules, and the difference between science and faith
  • Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler : Anthropology and the origins of religion
  • Dr Daniel Weiss : Jewish perspectives on personhood
  • Prof Laurie Zoloth : Issues in biomedical ethics
  • Prof Laurie Zoloth : Jewish perspectives on climate change

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 3
5.00 pm Arrival and Registration
7.00 pm Dinner
8.00 pm Welcome and Introductions (Wood-Legh Room)
8.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Monday July 4

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Setting the scene
9.15 am Dr Mark Harris: Science and religion: Clash of worldviews?
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr James Hannam: The mythical conflict: have science and religion got on better than people think?
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Cosmology and faith
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Small Groups
4.15 pm Tea Break
4.45 pm Prof Monica Grady: Science Workshop: Life on Mars? The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence
7.00 pm Dinner
8.00 pm Meet the Speaker
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Tuesday July 5

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Rt Revd James Jones: Why care for creation? Christianity and the environment
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Vinoth Ramachandra: God and natural evil
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Free time/Optional tours (Visit to Darwin Papers or Cambridge Science Tour)
3.15 pm Tea Break
3.45 pm Prof Laurie Zoloth: Judaism and the Environment
4.30 pm Questions and Discussion
5.00 pm Break
5.15 pm Dr. Will Simonson: Science Workshop: Food and food security
6.15 pm Small Groups
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Meet the Speaker
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Wednesday July 6

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Dr Mark Harris: The Bible and human origins
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler: Anthropology and origins of religion
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm  Lizzie Henderson: Science Workshop: The tree of life: fossils and classification or Free time/optional tours (Visit to Darwin Papers or Cambirdge Science Tour)
3.15 pm Tea Break
3.45 pm Prof. Mary Schweitzer: Dinosaurs, molecules, and the difference between science and faith
4.30 pm Questions and Discussion
5.00 pm Break
5.15 pm Dr David Lahti: Human evolution and moral freedom
6.00 pm Questions and Discussion
6.30 pm Small Groups
7.00 pm Dinner
8.00 pm Meet the Speaker
9.15 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Thursday July 7

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Dr David Lahti: Biology and personhood
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Daniel Weiss: Jewish perspectives on personhood
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Free time
3.00 pm Dr Usama Hasan: Islam and Evolution
3.45 pm Questions and Discussion
4.30 pm Tea Break
5.00 pm Small Groups
5.30 pm Revd Dr Roger Abbott, Dr Caroline Tee, Dr Amy Unsworth: Social Science Workshop :Real people, real stories (Stories of Survival from Haiti, Science and Islam in Turkey, Creation and evolution in London mosques and churches)
7.00 pm Reception and Gala Dinner
 

Friday July 8

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund: Whats scientists believe: global perspectives on science and faith
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof Laurie Zoloth: Religion, suffering and bioethics
11.45 am Questions and Discussion
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30 pm Dr Vinoth Ramachandra: Robotics and artificial intelligence: secular eschatologies?
2.15 pm Questions and Discussion
2.45 pm Short Break
3.00 pm Meet the Speaker
4.15 pm Closing address and farewells
4.30 pm Tea, Cakes, Depart

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