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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 98 - March 2014

1. Faraday Seminars
2. Greening the Gods conference
3. Faraday April course
4. Edinburgh Science Festival event
5. Edinburgh Day course
6. Cambridge Science Festival event
7. Recent Faraday media output
8. to 12. Staff activities
13. Test of Faith in Dutch
14. Faraday publications
15. Smartphone app

1. The Faraday seminar on Tuesday 4th February was given by the Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt on ‘"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine": humour, religion and wellbeing.’ On Tuesday 18th Dr Richard Hain, Consultant and Lead Clinician in Paediatric Palliative Medicine and Visiting Professor, University of South Wales  ‘Infanticide on demand: Why should the baby live? Medical ethics for children.’ Both seminars were well attended and led to lively questions and answer sessions. The final seminar of the term will be on Tuesday 4th March, when Dr Simon Dein, of University College London, will speak on ‘Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health: Current Controversies and Future Directions.’ As usual the seminar will be held in the Garden Room at St Edmund’s College at 1p.m., preceded by a by a free buffet lunch from 12.30 p.m.

2. Bookings are still open for the non-residential academic conference entitled “Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World”. This is a collaboration between The Faraday Institute and the Faculty of Classics and will take place at St Edmund’s College on 18th-19th March 2014. This interdisciplinary conference will explore pagan, Jewish and Christian ideas about the intersection of theology and ecology. For further details and booking form see:

3. From 4th-6th April The Faraday Institute will be holding a short course, ‘Philosophy, science and faith’, at Christ’s College, Cambridge. This course will explore some of the perplexing philosophical questions that are raised by contemporary science and its relation to faith. Can there be such a thing as 'objective' science and is it morally neutral? Is suffering compatible with a moral deity? Are human beings free agents? What part does faith play in the scientific enterprise? Lectures will be delivered by a high-profile cohort of well-known speakers including Prof Keith Ward, Prof Roger Trigg, Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, Dr Lydia Jaeger, Prof Tim O’Connor, Dr Jeremy Butterfield and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. For details and to apply see:

4. Following its success at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, the panel discussion ‘Boosting the Brain: How far should we go?’ will be taken to The Edinburgh International Science Festival. Prof. Barbara Sahakian, Prof. Raymond Tallis, Dr. Alasdair Coles, and Dr. Pete Moore will meet again at Summer Hall on 13th April.  Tickets can be purchased at

5. Advance notice: Day Course in Edinburgh.
This collaboration between The Faraday Institute and Christians in Science will take place on Saturday 7th June 2014. Speakers include Prof Michael Burdett, Revd Dr Ernest Lucas and Dr Hilary Marlow. For details see:

6. Prof. John Wyatt will give a talk entitled ‘Matters of Life and Death’ at this year’s Camridge Science Festival. This will take place from 2.30pm to 4pm in the Queen’s Lecture theatre at Emmanuel College on Saturday 15th March. Prof. Wyatt is Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Perinatology at UCL. See:

7. Note that videos of Faraday courses, lectures and seminars are available from and on iTunes U, as well as on the Faraday web site The latest videos that have been posted are:

• Roger Abbott on natural disasters:
• Hilary Marlow on creation care:
• Hilary Marlow on what it means to be human:
• Denis Alexander on creation and evolution:
• Richard Hain on Infanticide on demand: why should the baby live? Medical ethics for children

8. Bob White spoke at Trinity Theological College, Bristol on ‘Hope in an Age of Despair’ at the end of a week in which the students had considered issues of faith and creation.

9. On Sunday 2nd February the Associate Director spoke on “Good or bad world” at Highfield Church, Southampton.

10. Denis Alexander spoke on ‘Science and Faith, Friends or Foes?’ (three times in three consecutive seminars) at the annual student conference of the Christian Medical Fellowship; on the ‘Origin of Life’ at the Partridge Pub mens’ group near Cambridge; and gave four different talks to GCSE and Sixth Form groups at Haberdashers’ School near London.

11. Hilary Marlow will be speaking on ‘What has theology to do with sustainability’ at an international workshop on sustainability at Trinity Hall, Cambridge on Tues 25th March.

12. On Tuesday 25th February Dr Diana Beech was invited to Brussels to speak to the Steering Group of the European Research Council about the impact of contemporary European science policy on the research career in Europe today.

13. We are delighted that the ‘Test of Faith’ materials on science and Christianity have been translated into Dutch, and are now available from Forum C at

14. The latest Faraday publications Living Lightly, Living Faithfully and Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? are available from the Faraday on-line shop ( The former for £7 (hardcopy) or for free in an electronic version; the latter for £6 (RRP is £8.99). ‘Test of FAITH: Science and Religion Meet’, the secondary school teacher’s book and DVD, are still on sale for £7 at

15. The Faraday Institute’s smartphone app for the Android platform app can be found in the Google Play store at:
The iPhone version of the app can be found in iTunes online at:

Bob White Meric Srokosz
[Director] [Associate Director]