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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 121 - March 2016

March 2016 Newsletter No. 121
Spring Update
As spring arrives the fruit of our work is blossoming. March has been full of science celebrations (National Science Week, Cambridge Science Festival & Norwich Science Festival) and Faraday staff have been out and about giving seminars, lectures and interviewing speakers, as well as hosting a day event at the Cambridge Science Festival. It has been fantastic to be part of these conversations and to make connections in the science-religion arena.
The research projects from the new grant are also flourishing, last month we reported on the ‘Biology and Belief’ weekend course, the second of our short courses that is related to a Faraday research project. Each of the seven research projects sponsors a course or workshop to address related issues in science and religion . The courses range in style from academic workshops to opportunities for the interested public to gain understanding of important science-religion issues. These courses provide opportunities for more in-depth engagement with specific areas of science and religion than is possible in one of our general introduction courses. The next of these “Reality, Robots and Religion: Human identity in an age of machines” will be held in September. 
We are looking forward to our new series of seminars next term as well as our third communication workshop with the 'God and the Big Bang Project'. In addition, there are two new positions at the Institute. Details of all these will be found in this month’s newsletter. 
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
Upcoming Events

3 May 2016
Research Seminar 
God and the Order of Nature:Unity and Plurality
Revd. Dr Shaun C. Henson
(St Hugh's College, Oxford University)

17 May 2016
Research Seminar 
Science, God and Ockham's Razor: Can Science Explain God Away?
Dr David Glass
(School of Computing and Mathematics, Ulster University)

Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays during full term in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.
Listen to a podcast with Alister McGrath talking about his latest book "Inventing the Universe: Why we can't stop talking about science, faith and God"
Faraday out and about in March and April
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
17  March Keith Fox will be speaking on 'Has science buried God?' (Christchurch Westbourne)
4 - 7 April Denis Alexander 
will be giving 5 lectures on current issues in science and faith at Lee Abbey.
7 April Denis Alexander will be talking on 'Has science buried God?' at Taunton, Trull Church Community Centre. 
11 April  Hilary Marlow  will be speaking on the topic of  'Why conserve wild nature? Environmental ethics and Christian faith' for the Science Meets Faith Monthly Lectures (Wesley Methodist Church Cambridge)
16 April Ruth Bancewicz will be presenting "Test of FAITH and the Wonders project"  and Denis Alexander will be giving an overview of current science-faith interactions at the Christians in Science Northern Conference.