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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 131 - January 2017

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January 2017 Newsletter No. 131
Lent Term Public Lecture: Science and Christianity: Conflict or Cooperation? 
Prof. Roger Trigg

5.30 pm Thursday 2 March, 2017
Garden Room, St Edmund's College CB3 0BN

Our termly lectures are free of charge and there is no need to book. They are followed by a free drinks reception and an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker.

Faraday Institute Professional Workshop:
 Science and Faith in the local church
The second week of January saw The Faraday Institute hold its first professional workshop for ordained and lay leaders in the church. Across denominations 70 people attended the 2 days exploring how science and faith work in the local church.  As well as those more local to Cambridgeshire, participants came from across the UK as far afield as Bristol and Durham and internationally from the US, Spain and Brazil. A great range of topics were discussed including; pastoral issues relating to mental health and life and death, how to work with science and religion with children and young people and how we can care for our environmental concerns.  An enjoyable time was had with opportunities to network and to bring back the information gained to their local churches. The Faraday Institute hopes to put on another similar professional workshop in the future so keep in touch via our website. 
Image: Lizzie Coyle and Dr Dave Gregory presenting at the workshop. 
Faraday 'out and about' in January/February
Bob White will be speaking at the French Christians in Science meeting on 21 January in Paris on the following titles:
"Le déluge à la lumière des découvertes géologiques" (The flood in the light of geological findings) “ Être géologue et chrétien: récit d'un parcours” (Geologian and Christian: the story of a journey).
For further information contact Rachel Vaughan
26 January Roger Abbott will be talking on "Natural: Why? What? How?" at Word of Life Church, Shepshed, Leicestershire 
On 2 February Bob White will be chairing a session on “Responding with hope” following the 4th 'Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture' on Ten years after the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: Looking Back, Looking Forward” given by Lord Nicholas Stern at Newcastle University.
6 - 10 February Ruth Bancewicz & Bob White will be presenting on "Celebrating and Caring for Creation" at Lee Abbey, Devon.
Denis Alexander will be giving a lecture entitled “Are We Slaves to Our Genes? - Genes, Determinism and God” at the following venues in Wales:
Tuesday 14 February: Waterfront Church, Swansea, 19:30 
Wednesday 15 February: Gates Arts Centre, Cardiff, 19:30 
Thursday 16 February: Prince's Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay 19:30
 On 28 February Denis Alexander will be giving a lecture on ‘Science and Religion’ to the Sixth-Formers at St. Mary’s School, Calne. 
CLICK HERE TO READ AN INTERVIEW ABOUT WHAT THE ROBOTS DID FOR US As a new year dawns, Dr Beth Singler, anthropologist of religion and Research Associate at the Faraday, talks to Nigel Bovey about a possible future populated by artificial intelligence and robots . How will this affect work, relationships and religion?
Research Seminar Series 
Our Research Seminar series will start again on the 24 January 2017. 

24 January
Scientific Exegesis of the Qur'an: The critique of a modern woman exegete 

Dr Sharuq Nagub (Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, University of Lancaster)

7 February
Descartes, God and the Mechanistic Universe 
Professor John Cottingham (Professor Emeritus, University of Reading) 

 21 February
The scientific naturalists are declaring the glory of God; Theistic support from  unlikely places.

Professor Paul Copan (Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy  and Ethics; Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida).

7 March 
Can God Play Dice?: Chance and the Question of Metaphysical Continuity between Creator and Creation
Professor Ian McFarland (Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University). 

Our seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays during term in St Edmund’s College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.

Can't make our events in person, don't worry, all of our seminars, talks, lectures and events are available on the Multimedia part of our website. We have over 600 talks for you to watch or listen at your convenience. 
New Telephone Number

Please note we have a new telephone number for all enquiries;

01223 748888

2016, our tenth anniversary year, full of different events, new staff, great research and much much more. 
Click here  to find out what we got up to.
Courses and Workshops in 2017

We have four exciting courses to start 2017 including day courses, workshops and our annual summer course. 
Faraday Day Course in Cardiff
Big Questions in Science and Faith
25 March Cardiff
How can any intelligent person today believe in ‘God’?  Haven’t Dawkins and Hawkins proved that faith is finished? And surely you can’t believe in Science AND Scripture?  What do fossils tell us about life? And what about hard ethical questions, like being able to chose the genes of our babies?
This one-day course in the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, will explore such BIG questions with leading experts as the speakers and facilitators.  The Faraday Institute is partnering with the Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity  to consider a rich arrange of BIG, contemporary questions. The Course will be ideal for all those studying or practicing Science, in School, University or industry, but will be delivered in a way that is accessible to those of all backgrounds – as long as you are willing to think and reflect on the challenging questions of our day and age. For more details see:
Faraday Short Course in Cambridge
Reading the World: Science and Sacred Texts
28-30 April Madingley Hall, Cambridge
How do people read and understand their sacred scriptures in a scientific age? How do the scriptures relate to scientific questions surrounding human origins, cosmology and ecology? How have the Abrahamic faiths negotiated between scripture and science throughout their long histories, and how do they do so today?
The focus of this weekend course will be the Bible and the Qur’an and their reception and interpretation in Christianity and Islam respectively. Lectures will be delivered by scholars with expertise in each tradition from the perspectives of history, theology and philosophy, as well as contemporary social science. The weekend is aimed at interested people from a variety of backgrounds, rather than at specialists in any particular discipline. For more details see:
A Rocha/Faraday Course in France
Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World
25 June -1 July Provence
How did the universe come into existence? What can the natural world tell us about God?  Why is our world habitable? How do natural events such as earthquakes or predation fit with the goodness of God? What does the Bible say about the relationship between human beings and the rest of creation?
Come and explore these and other scientific and theological questions about creation in the stunning scenery of the Les Courmettes estate in the hills above Cannes, France. This 5-day course is a partnership between The Faraday Institute and A Rocha France, and will include lectures, study sessions, practical activities and guided excursions, plus plenty of time for relaxation and solitude.
A limited number of subsidised places are available for students.
For more details and to book visit
Faraday Summer Course
Cambridge Perspectives on Science and Religion
2-7 July Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Does science tell us all we need to know about the world? What philosophical and theological questions does scientific progress raise? How have science and religion interacted in the past and how do they do so today? What are the ethical issues arising from new scientific and technological discoveries?
Come and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of a Cambridge College while you grapple with these and other questions in the dialogue between science and religion. Internationally renowned speakers, many of whom work in Cambridge or have a strong connection with the city, will deliver keynote lectures and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and group discussion. For more details see:
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