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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 120 - February 2016

February 2016 Newsletter No. 120
Summer Course 11
Science and Religion: Conversations between Worldviews

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: 3-8 July, 2016
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 week-long 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 each morning. In the afternoons, optional seminars on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific areas in more depth.
Book here or for more information contact Rachel Simonson on
Deadline for applications: May 23, 2016
Deadline for Bursary applications: April 25, 2016
New Members of the Faraday Team
We are delighted to announce two new additions to the Faraday Institute team; Julia Moorhouse joins us as the new Marketing and Events Manager and Beth Singler as the Research Associate for the project "Human identity in an age of nearly-human machines - the impact of advances in robotics and AI technology on human identity and self-understanding"
Upcoming Events

23 February 2016
Research Seminar 
Prof. Monica Grady
Comets and Asteroids, Moon and Mars, Science and Faith - and Life and Death 

27 February 2016
Day Course: Hull
Questions of Science and Faith

29 February 2016
Book Discussion
Prof. Roger Trigg
Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics

8 March 2016
Research Seminar 
Dr Damian Howard
The Reception of Evolutionary Ideas in the Muslim World 

9 March 2016 
Cambridge University Science Festival 
Big Questions: Science and religion, how do we know what we know?
Listen to a podcast about "Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics" 
Faraday Short Course ‘Biology and Belief’, Madingley Hall 12-14 Feb 2016
About 35 people gathered at Madingley Hall in mid-February to focus on some positive aspects of the relationship between science and Christian belief. A number of senior biologists explained their scientific work to us and talked about how this impacted their faith. We were treated to insights into a wide spectrum of the biological sciences, from genetics to coral reef ecology, and it was inspiring to see the passion for understanding the physical world that each person brought to their work. The weekend was given some theological underpinning by talks on natural theology and biology in the Bible. All in all, a fascinating weekend with great conversations, good food and the opportunity to learn and be inspired together.
Faraday out and about in February and March
12-13 February Denis Alexander spoke to a full room of over 450 at the Annual Student Christian Medical Fellowship Conference
17 February 
Keith Fox will be speaking at the Three Counties Christians in Science group, Camberley on “Genes and Identity”.
25 February Roger Abbott will be speaking on the topic of "The Absurdity of Natural Disasters: a scientific and theological perspective"  at  Histon Methodist Church – ‘Big Issues’ series
25 February Hilary Marlow  will be speaking on the topic of "Christian faith and environmental issues" for an Eco-Lent course at a group of churches in North Hinckford Benefice, Suffolk.
27 February Hilary Marlow will be speaking on the topic of "What has Christianity to do with the environment?" at the Cambridge Christian Graduate Society 
11-12 March Joseph Tennant will be travelling to New York to present his literature review on material for the Faraday Institute Mystical Epilepsy project at the American Psychological Association, Division 36, Mid-Year Conference for Psychology, Religion and Spirituality