Faraday Course in Malta
The Faraday Institute has been pleased to collaborate with the University of Malta in organising a course on science and religion in the delightful and serene setting of the Mount St Joseph Retreat House at Mosta in Malta. Three speakers sponsored by the Faraday Institute (Drs Rodney Holder, Mark Harris and James Hannam) were joined by seven Maltese academics to deliver an exciting programme of talks. The course began and ended with two excellent theological talks, one on ‘Science and Religion - Clash of World Views?’ by Prof. Louis Caruana SJ and the other on ‘Homo Technologicus’ by Dr Nadia Delicata. In between, topics ranged from religious practices in Neolithic Malta, including a visit to the spectacular 6000 year old Temple at Hagar Qim (Prof. Frank Ventura), through discussion of Biblical archaeology and miracle stories (Prof. Anthony Frendo and Dr Harris) and the history of science and religion (Dr Hannam), to hot topics of modern debate such as cosmology, artificial intelligence, the environmental crisis and genomics (Dr Holder, and Profs Alexei Dingli, Patrick Schembri and Alex Felice). A highlight was a gala reception at the Palace of the Archbishop of Malta in Valetta, where His Grace Archbishop Scicluna welcomed us and spoke of the common search for truth in both science and religion. Following this we went out on to the streets to join the festivities and religious processions celebrating the launch of Valetta as European Capital of Culture 2018. Our thanks go to Drs Charles Bonello, Pauline Dimech and Martin Musumeci for organising a superb course and giving us such a rich experience.
Picture: Some of the participants from the course.