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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 79 - August 2012

1 God and Genetics Course September 2012
2 Faraday Summer Course
3 CiS Conference
4 The Isaac Newton Guide Book
5 Recent Publications (see end of letter)
6 Test of Faith news
7 Staff activities

1. The God and Genetics Course due to take place at St. Edmund’s College, 14-16 September, remains open for registration at and is our next major public activity in Cambridge. There is a fine range of speakers on this fascinating topic, including Dr Robert Asher, Prof. John Bryant, Dr Helen Firth, Prof. Frances Flinter, Prof. Keith Fox, Dr Stephen Freeland, Prof. Sir Brian Heap FRS and Dr David Lahti. An opportunity not to be missed!

2. This past month has seen the highly successful Faraday Summer Course when 48 delegates and 20 speakers from 18 different countries came for a week to Cambridge to experience a feast of science and religion discourse. Interviews with our speakers will be posted on the Faraday web-site during the months ahead (, the current video clip there features Prof. Peter van Inwagen). Many of the filmed talks have already been posted on our web-site and others will follow. It is good to remember that viewing is possible both from the Multimedia Folder on our web-site, or by going to the Cambridge University web-site at: where we have 290 talks already posted. A useful feature of this web-site is that it generates statistics, showing, for example, that our talks have been viewed more than half a million times since they started being posted there in 2011, making The Faraday Institute the 8th most watched Institute out of 91 in the University (which includes Colleges, Departments etc).

3. A number of our Summer Course speakers were involved in lecturing also at the Christians in Science residential conference at Queens’ College, Cambridge, which took place right after the Summer Course. Talks there were also given by four Faraday staff members.

4. The summer is a useful time for catching up on research and publishing. The Institute will shortly be publishing The Isaac Newton Guide Book which will contain the text of the Faraday-sponsored play Let Newton Be! together with eight specially commissioned essays about Newton by experts in the field. More details will become available following publication. The Menagerie Theatre Company is putting on a fresh production of Let Newton Be! on 27th September (venue to be announced).

5. Other recent publications resulting from Faraday staff are listed below.

6. After four years of activity, the Test of Faith website ( has been given a face-lift, and is now iPad friendly. New resources this month are a series of interview clips with Professor Peter Harrison ( and a review of BioLogos's new DVD, 'From the Dust: Conversations in Creation' ( The Test of Faith home school material will be released in September - you can find more information and an e-flier at We are offering 'Test of Faith Resources for Schools' at a reduced price of £10 during August and September (details and how to order at

7. In addition to the involvement of Faraday Staff in the CiS Conference, mentioned above, this past month Dr Rodney Holder preached on science and faith at St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, Diocese of Salisbury, and was interviewed by Premier Christian Radio about the discovery of the Higgs boson. Dr Ruth Bancewicz spoke at Wrexham Science Festival and at the New Wine summer convention in Somerset, as well as being interviewed on BBC Radio Wales and UCB radio. The Learning About Science and Religion (LASAR) team presented a paper at the recent UK Science Education Research Conference in York: Billingsley, B., Taber, K., Riga, F., & Newdick, H. ‘Divorce, common ground and talk of truce: Science and RE teachers' perceptions of teaching about themes that bridge science and religion’.

Denis Alexander Bob White
[Director] [Associate Director]

Recent Publications

  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) ‘The Origin of Life’ and ‘Intelligent Design’ in Lion Handbook of Science and Christianity (ed R.J. Berry), Lion Publishing.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) ‘A Critique of Intelligent Design’ in Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives (ed Andrew Robinson), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Alexander D.R. (2012) ‘Science and Religious Belief in the Modern World: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Science and Religion: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (ed David Marshall) , Georgetown University Press.
  • Alexander D.R. (2012) ‘Creation and Evolution’ in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity ed. James B. Stump and Alan G. Padgett, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 233-245.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) ‘The Spirit of God in Evolutionary History’ in The Spirit in Creation and New Creation [ed Michael Welker], Eerdmans. 
  • Holder, R.D. (2012), The Heavens Declare: Natural Theology and the Legacy of Karl Barth, Templeton Press.
  • Holder, R.D. (2012), ‘Quantum Theory and Theology’, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, ed. James B. Stump and Alan G. Padgett, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 220-230.
  • Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (eds.) (2012, In Press), Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy. Proceedings of the 80th Anniversary Conference held by the Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Royal Astronomical Society-Springer.

Recent Book Reviews

  • Alexander, D.R. ‘Dogma, Dominoes and Darwin’, Review of Christianity in Evolution: an exploration by Jack Mahoney, The Tablet, 18th Feb 2012, p. 20.
  • Alexander, D.R. ‘How Else Do You Explain Kangaroos?’, Review of Evolution and Belief: confessions of a religious palaeontologist by Robert Asher, 21st July 2012, p. 18.
  • Holder, R.D. review of David Bentley Hart (2009), Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, New Haven and London: Yale University Press. Science and Christian Belief, 24 (1), April 2012, 92-93.
  • White, R. (2012), Why are we here? Review of On Being: A scientist’s exploration of the great questions of existence by Peter Atkins, Chemistry World, Chem. World, vol. 9, p. 65,