July 23-29, 2006

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

This course is divided into 2 weeks, and applicants can apply for either week or both. The first week is especially for scientists and looks at some of the big questions in the science/religion debate. Some of the topics covered in the first short course are now treated in a more detail with focussed days on the anthropic principle, evolution, mind/brain, how science and religion may relate, and ethical issues in the application of science. The second week focuses more in depth on the history and philosophy of science/religion, for example including how knowledge in each sphere is justified, and how God might act in a world described by scientific laws.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

  • Dr Denis Alexander : Truth Telling in the Practice of Science
  • R.J. Berry (deceased) FRSE: God: Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?
  • Dr Subrata Chattopadhyay : An Eastern Perspective on Science, Religion and Evil
  • Peter Harrison : Religious Origins of Modern Science, Role of the Bible
  • Revd Margot Hodson : Human Responsibility for the Environment in a Fallen World
  • Dr Stuart Judge : Divine Action and the Brain
  • David Lindberg : Augustine & Roger Bacon, Galileo
  • Dr Ard Louis : Divine Action and the Origin of Life
  • Ernan McMullin (deceased) : Theologies of Nature
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: Natural theology; creation: time and evil; divine action
  • Revd Michael Roberts : From Darwin to Scopes
  • Dr Nicholas Saunders : Divine Action and Modern Science
  • Mikael Stenmark : Models for Relating Science and Religion, Scientism
  • Roger Trigg : Justification of scientific/religious knowledge

Venue

The course will be held at St Edmunds College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Sunday July 23
5.00 pm Arrival
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Monday July 24: Theme – ‘History of the Relationship Between Science and Religion’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. David Lindberg: The Mediaeval Church Encounters the Classical Tradition: St Augustine and Roger Bacon
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. David Lindberg: The Florentine Heretic? Galileo, the Church, and the Cosmos
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Peter Harrison: The Religious Origins of Modern Science
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Peter Harrison: The Role of the Bible in the Emergence of Science
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Revd Michael Roberts: From Darwin to Scopes
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 3 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Tuesday July 25: Theme – ‘History of the Relationship between Science and Religion (continued)’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Ernan McMullin (deceased): Theologies of Nature
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Roger Trigg: The Rationality of Science
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Denis Alexander: Truth Telling in the Practice of Science
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Mikael Stenmark: The Fallacy of Scientism as a Worldview
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Prof. Roger Trigg: Does Religious Belief Need Justification?
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 5 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Wednesday July 26: Theme – ‘The Justification of Scientific and Religious Knowledge (continued)’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Mikael Stenmark: Models For Relating Science and Religion
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: Natural Theology
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Roger Trigg: Science, Faith and Postmodernism
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Cambridge History of Science Tour II: The Darwin Papers?
7.30 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 3 Speakers Questions and Discussion
 

Thursday July 27: Theme – ‘God�s Interaction with the World’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: Divine Action
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Nicholas Saunders: Divine Action and Modern Science
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Ard Louis: Divine Action and the Origin of Life
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr Stuart Judge: Divine Action and the Brain
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Prof. R.J. Berry (deceased): God: Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 5 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Friday July 28: Theme – ‘Science, Religion, and Evil’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Subrata Chattopadhyay: An Eastern Perspective on Science, Religion and Evil
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Revd Margot Hodson: Human Responsibility for the Environment in a Fallen World
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: Creation: Time and Evil
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
7.30 pm Gala Dinner
 

Saturday July 29

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am

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