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Genes, Determinism and God, by Denis Alexander

“For good nurture and education implant good constitutions, and these good constitutions taking root in a good education improve more and more, and this improvement affects the breed in man as in other animals” wrote Plato in his Dialogues. And, ever since, the discussion as to what may be learnt and what may be innate has meandered on, often becoming embroiled in passionate debates laced with opposing ideological positions.   In the 19th century the discussion began to be more informed by new scientific findings, but far from resolving the question, positions if anything became more polarized. “Of all the vulgar modes of escaping from the consideration of the social and moral influences on the human mind”, wrote John Stuart Mill in 1848, “the most vulgar is that

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Book Launch Party July 13th – Genes, Determinism and God, by Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, invites you to a party organised by Cambridge University Press to launch his new book ‘Genes, Determinism and God’. Date: Thursday 13th July, 6.00 p.m. Place: CUP Bookshop, 1-2 Trinity Street, Cambridge Cambridge University Press would be really grateful if you could e-mail ehunter@cambridge.org if you are able to come. To make it really easy, here is a sentence you can just copy and paste to ehunter@cambridge.org: “Thank you for your invitation to the launch party of ‘Genes, Determinism and God’ on July 13th. I am pleased to accept”. The book developed out of the Gifford Lectures which Professor Alexander gave at St. Andrews University a few years ago. A 20% discount on this title can be obtained by following this link: www.cambridge.org/ALEXANDER17

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|

What is Wisdom? Voices from Psychology and Christian Faith

Throughout history, one tends to find at least two categorically different ways in which wisdom is understood. These might be described as a wisdom of knowing, and a wisdom of unknowing.   In Christian terms, we might call these a cataphatic wisdom, and an apophatic wisdom. A cataphatic wisdom relies on knowledge, texts, and accumulated wisdom – what is known and declared to be known. An apophatic wisdom, which recognises what one cannot know, relies on a direct and open kind of awareness. This is what John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul”, where one leaves one’s knowing behind and plunges into the darkness of the ineffable. The former wisdom relies on longstanding traditions of meaning and knowledge – it represents a tried and

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, 2017–19

Dear Colleagues, Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, 2017–19, is a significant opportunity for up to 25 early- to mid-level career faculty members from the CCCU and others from across the globe to experience an enhanced summer programme aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills in Science and Religion. Following on the success of the first Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities programme, 2014-2016, the Templeton Religion Trust and The Blankemeyer Foundation have awarded SCIO, the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), a grant of ca. $2 million to create a summer seminars in science and religion in Oxford and enhance activities on CCCU-related campuses. Science and religion are often presupposed to be antagonists, and debates in the

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: News|

Conference Bursary Notice – Religion and the Science of Life, St Anne’s College Oxford, from 19-22 July 2017

Applications are invited for bursaries to broaden participation at the joint IRC-ISSR conference on Religion and the Science of Life to be held at St Anne’s College Oxford, from 19-22 July 2017   http://www.ianramseycentre.info/conferences/2017-religion-society-science-life.html   The bursaries are intended for people in early career, from developing countries or in financial hardship. The maximum bursary will be £300 for people in the UK, and £700 for people from elsewhere.   Fellows of ISSR are encouraged to draw this to the attention of anyone to whom it might be relevant.   Applications should be made to ISSR at admin@issr.org.uk, stating (i) your name, address and institution, (ii) why you wish to attend the conference and (ii) the nature of your financial hardship. Applications should be made as soon as possible,

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Post at The University of Queensland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Apply now Job no:500265 Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($64,533.50 - $87,535.13) Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term Location: St Lucia The Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), was founded in July 2015.  It seeks to promote high level research in traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, and literature, while also engaging with more recent developments in the humanities, including cultural studies, communication, and science communication.   The Institute consists of a number of full-time research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows, and visiting fellows.  IASH is supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Most of its specific research projects

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Science & Religion News|

Falling Stereotypes Open Up Paths to Cooperation Among Science, Religion – Elaine Howard Ecklund

Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund is a leading sociologist studying the interface of science and religion. Her research has demonstrated the (perhaps) surprising reality that scientists themselves often do not subscribe to the view that science and religion exist in inherent conflict. In this article, Ecklund goes deeper into her sociological findings: while recognizing that scientists and religious believers are often affirming of each other’s pursuits, she also acknowledges the deep suspicions on both sides of the discussion. For example, religious believers often fear that scientific knowledge will challenge core propositions of their respective faiths, or that technological advances will threaten ethical and moral principles valued by various faiths. On the other hand, scientists often view religious groups – and more conservative groups in particular – as refusing to

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Compassion and Responsibility in Healthcare – March 22nd 2017

Life Sciences and Society. What is the significance of personal responsibility for thinking about health and disease? What can be learnt from philosophical, religious and theological traditions concerning responsibility's relationship to compassion in determining answers to this question? Join Dr Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford Healthcare Values Partnership, as he explores these questions. Light refreshments will be available from 12.45 and the lecture will begin promptly at 13.15.   Click Here for more information.   Date and Time Wed 22 March 2017 12:45 – 14:15 GMT Add to Calendar Location Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge Wollaston Road Cambridge CB1 2EW View Map View Map   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/compassion-and-responsibility-in-healthcare-tickets-31635472550?aff=Newsletter1  

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Science & Religion News|

“Astrobiology, Astrotheology, and Astroethics” by Ted Peters

Outer space prompts the inner soul to ask Big Questions. Despite all the numbers, calculations, and estimations made by astronomers, the scientific mind cannot contain (let alone suppress) the volcanic excitement erupting from within us that is prompted by the unfathomable vastness of the universe. Astrobiologists may look for facts, but what they spawn is exhilaration. We find astrobiologists busy scanning our skies in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and North America. NASA's Astrobiology Roadmap and Astrobiology Strategy (NASA) orient researchers to the origin of life on Earth, a second genesis of life off-Earth, and the future of earthlings traveling in space. Theologians share in the scientific fervor and are responding on two frontiers: astrotheology and astroethics. We expect that in time versions of astrotheology will arise

By | February 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|
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