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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 104 - September 2014

Dates for your Diary

Friday 19th September

As part of the Uses and Abuses of Biology programme ( there will be a public lecture by Prof Alister McGrath, University of Oxford, on 'Darwin, Dawkins and the Divine: why is biology at the heart of the New Atheism?' This will take place on Friday 19th September at 5.30p.m., in the Queen’s Lecture Theatre at Emmanuel College, and will be followed by free refreshments ( All are welcome and for those who cannot attend in person, the lecture will be filmed and posted on our website shortly afterwards.

October 2014

The summer has included planning with Jon Tuckwell for the growth of ‘Parks at One’ (short 30 minute lunchtime monthly discussions at the Science Park in Cambridge). The next development will be 'Talks at One' to be held at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital / Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This will see a six week series of lunchtime talks to begin in October.  We will update you shortly with more details.

Monday 10th November

A date for the diary for those based in the Cambridge area: the annual Faraday reception for scientists who self-identify as Christians will take place at the Guildhall on Monday 10th November. The speaker will be Dr Harvey McMahon FRS from the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology. For more details and to register (which is required) see:

If you would like to receive some publicity material for this event to distribute to others who might be interested please e-mail

Faraday Staff Activities

This past month Denis Alexander gave a lecture at the ‘Science in Congregations’ conference at St Andrews University and also two talks at a Course on Science and Religion held in Paris for 23 Muslim delegates coming from 11 different countries in the Muslim world.  Whilst in Paris, Dr Alexander recorded two 12 minute interviews for OummaTV, the main on-line Muslim TV channel in French.

Training Opportunity

The Faraday Institute is supporting the God and the Big Bang project led by Michael Harvey by running a series of communication workshops. These are for early career scientists who are committed Christians and will train them to speak on science and religion issues in a variety of contexts, including the successful school conferences organised by the project ( The first workshop will take place in Cambridge in September 2014. If you know anyone that might benefit from such training, please put them in touch with The Faraday Institute.



Held in the Garden Room, St Edmund's College

The Michaelmas term seminar programme will begin on Tuesday 14th October 2014 when Prof. Michael Northcott will speak. His seminar title is 'A Political Theology of Climate Change'. This will be followed on 28th October by Prof. Raymond Tallis speaking on 'Are We (Just) Animals?'.


Faraday Out and About

Faraday will be hosting a stand at CRE North (Manchester) on 7th and 8th October, an opportunity to interact with various audiences and disseminate our work and resources further. For more information go to

 The Faraday Institute is joining with local initiatives to run courses in Argentina and Brazil in October 2014 and in Spain in November 2014. More details and local contact information can be found on our website here:

 The Faraday Institute is co-sponsoring a conference in Australia on 'Rediscovering the spiritual in God’s creation.' This will take place 10-13 March 2015 and the director Bob White will be one of the key speakers. For more details see:

Test of FAITH News

The Test of Faith materials on science and Christianity are still being used around the world. A series of events to promote the Portuguese translation of the book and DVD will take place in Brazil in September (for details please visit:
or email:

In addition, the DVD is now available with Dutch subtitles. To order, including accompanying study material, please visit

Job Opportunities

Job Vacancies with Templeton World Charity Foundation: Two project co-ordinator posts are currently being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). See advertisement at:

In addition, a PA post is being advertised by the University of Oxford for work on behalf of TWCF. See:

New Books Published

Rodney Holder’s latest book Longing, Waiting, Believing: Reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (BRF) is to be published on 19th September. The book will be launched at Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge, on 16th September at 7.30 pm, where signed copies will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

The second revised and expanded edition of Denis Alexander’s best-selling book Creation or Evolution – Do We Have to Choose? [Oxford: Monarch] has just been published. 35,000 words longer than the first edition (2008), the science has been up-dated and the theological sections expanded. The Faraday on-line shop will soon be selling the book on-line at the discounted price of £9 per copy once stock arrives.
The book on the causes of disasters and a biblical response to them by the Director, Bob White 'Who is to Blame? Disasters, Nature and Acts of God' is available at the discount price of £6 from the shop on the Faraday website. The director is in Iceland at present studying the volcanic eruptions that are currently occurring there. See the BBC news item

Media Links

The Faraday Institute’s social media, Twitter and Facebook, have seen a great increase in followers/likes. We had our top ever audience reach of over 24,800 in response to an article in The Creativity Post 'Science Is Not About Certainty' by Carlo Rovelli, discussing the importance of multi-disciplinary interaction and in particular between science and the humanities. October will see the launch of our SoundCloud offering podcasts and interviews for download.

In addition, our YouTube channel is now offering longer interviews with speakers so you can get to know the scientists behind the topics. These include additional questions for the speakers about their talks. Time markers have been added so you can simply click to the question/answer you are interested in. Do let us know what you think of this new format. Discover our YouTube channel at

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 most recently available are:
Prof Michael Murray  'Evil in evolution – a philosopher’s perspective'
Dr Erin Joakin 'Religious responses to natural disasters'
Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler 'The origins of humanity: cultural and religious development'
Prof David Wilkinson 'Science, religion and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence'