July 11-17, 2010

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

In this one week course a wide range of topics at the science/religion interface will be addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The topics to be covered include historical and philosophical perspectives; the relationships between cosmology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience with religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course.

  • Katherine Blundell : God and the Big Bang
  • Stephen Blundell : What is Matter?
  • John Bryant : Genes and Embryos
  • Peter Clarke (deceased) : Brains and Machines, and Brain Plasticity
  • Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles : Brain imaging and religious experience
  • Simon Conway Morris FRS : Convergence in evolution
  • Dr James Hannam : The Importance of Medieval Science
  • Peter Harrison : Religion and the Rise of Modern Science
  • Elaine Howard Ecklund : The Religious Beliefs of Scientists
  • Dr Cherryl Hunt : Ethics, Theology and the Biosciences
  • Revd Dr Ernest Lucas : The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
  • Ernan McMullin (deceased) : Darwin and the other Christian tradition
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: The anthropic principle
  • Jeff Schloss : Evolutionary Perspectives on Morality and Altruism
  • William Struthers : The Mind-Body Problem and Theology, and Consciousness in Psychological and Christian Perspectives
  • Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler : Human Anthropology and the Origins of Religion
  • Stephen Williams : Science, Faith and Reason
  • Dr Jennifer Wiseman : Habitable exoplanets: the implications for human significance
  • John Wyatt : What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death

Venue

The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Sunday July 11
6.00 pm Arrival
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Monday July 12: Theme – ‘Historical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Peter Harrison: Religion and the Rise of Modern Science
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Stephen Williams: Science, Faith and Reason
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Ernan McMullin (deceased): The Christian Doctrine of Creation
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr James Hannam: The Importance of Medieval Science
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Free time
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Tuesday July 13: Theme – ‘Physics and Faith’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: The Anthropic Principle
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Stephen Blundell: What is matter?
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Cambridge History of Science Tour
5.30 pm Dr Jennifer Wiseman: Habitable exoplanets: the implications for human significance
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Wednesday July 14: Theme – ‘Biology and Evolution’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS: Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Jeff Schloss: Evolutionary Perspectives on Morality and Altruism
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Cambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler: Human Anthropology and the Origins of Religion
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Revd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Thursday July 15: Theme – ‘The Brain’

9.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Peter Clarke (deceased): The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr. William Struthers: The Mind-Body Problem and Theology
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr. William Struthers: Consciousness in Psychological and Christian Perspectives
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Free time
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Friday July 16: Theme – ‘Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Dr Cherryl Hunt: Ethics, Theology and the Biosciences
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. John Bryant: Genes and Embryos
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. John Wyatt: What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund: The Religious and Ethical Beliefs of Scientists
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Gala Dinner
 

Saturday July 17

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Depart

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