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~INAUGURAL CONFERENCE~

Science

faith

conflict or conversation? T uesDAY 30th AugUST ThursDAY 1st Sep tE M BER The Science Exchange Adelaide, South Australia

T h i s t h re e - d a y c o n fe re n c e a i m s t o develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between science and faith in today’s complex and fast-paced world. ~ W W W.t a b o r A D E L A I D E . E D U . A U ~

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

An initiative of the Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor Adelaide along with The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, UK.


~ WELCOME ~

This three-day conference aims to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between science and faith in today’s complex and fast-paced world. Nearly all who are involved in Christian ministry face many questions about science and religion during the course of their pastoral work. There are also many scientists who are beginning to recognise the presence of mystery and a deep spirituality in the physical universe and acknowledge the need to engage with faith communities if they are to fully appreciate the remarkable creation in which we live.

n some Christian sectors there is considerable unease about the role and purpose of science in society. It is not at all unusual to hear such questions as:

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~ Are science and religion in conflict, or do they complement each other? ~ Isn’t the origin of the universe contradicted by the early chapters of Genesis?  ~ Does the universe need a God to start it at all? ~ How do we understand the foundational Christian doctrines about God and humanity in the light of science? ~ Is embryonic stem-cell research acceptable? ~ More broadly, how are ethical issues raised by science to be handled?

Key speakers have been drawn from around the world in an outstanding program that will address many of the questions people are asking about the relationship between science and faith in today’s world.

With regard to the relationship between science and faith, there are many people who imagine that the two are incompatible. There are some who demand that they should be kept as far apart as possible, whilst others argue that to prise science and faith apart is to rob ourselves of the joy of investigating the amazing complexity and ingenuity of a world that is God’s gift to human beings.

Join us for what promises to be one of the most stimulating conferences to be held in Adelaide in recent years. Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 180 delegates in order for us to take advantage of the superb facilities of the historic Science Exchange building in the centre of Adelaide.

This conference is an initiative undertaken by Tabor Adelaide in collaboration with the prestigious Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at St Edmunds College, Cambridge University, UK. It is organised under the auspices of Tabor’s Graeme Clark Research Institute, which will be officially launched at 4.00pm on Monday 29th August 2011 at Tabor Adelaide, 181 Goodwood Rd, Millswood, SA 5034. {1}

~ SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES ~

Professor Graeme Clark Life as a Christian & a Scientist: a Personal Perspective The Graeme Clark Research Institute is named after the distinguished Australian surgeon, Dr Graeme Clark, 2010 recipient of the prestigious Lister Medal. Professor Clark pioneered the multi-channel cochlear implant for severe to profound deafness, the first clinically successful sensory interface between the world and human consciousness. He is the Inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Centre for Bionic Ear and Neurosensory Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne and currently leads the bionics program of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence on electromaterials science. He is a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Dr Denis Alexander Creation or Evolution: Do We have to Choose? Dr Denis Alexander is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmunds College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Since 1992 he has been Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief, and currently serves as a member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion.

Professor Joel Green The Interface of Science & Faith: What Does it Mean to be Human? Professor Joel Green is Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA, since 2008 and Professor of New Testament Interpretation since 2007. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Theology and Science and Science & Christian Belief.

Rev Dr David Wilkinson God & the Big Bang: Understanding the Universe from a Faith Perspective Are We Alone in the Universe?: A Christian Response Rev Dr David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has had a long interest in the dialogue of science and religion, especially as it impacts the physical sciences (as in God, Time and Stephen Hawking (Monarch, 2001) and Alone in the Universe: The X-Files, Aliens and God (IVP, 1997).

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~ SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES ~

Rev Dr Denis Edwards Ecology & Incarnation: Exploring a Christian Ecological Theology Rev Dr Denis Edwards, an international authority on the dialogue between science and faith and is a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. He lectures in systematic theology in the School of Theology at Flinders University, Adelaide, and has written extensively on science and religion subjects.

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Professor Gareth Jones Human Value in a World of Medical Technology: Hope for the Future Professor Gareth Jones is Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is a Visiting Fellow at St Edmunds College, Cambridge, and an Adjunct Professor at Liverpool Hope University. In 2004 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for his contributions to science and education.

Professor Nancy Cromar

Professor Bob White

A Christian Perspective on Human / Environment Interactions

The Debate about Global Warming: How Should Christians Respond?

Professor Nancy Cromar is Deputy Dean of the School of the Environment and Professor of Environmental Health at Flinders University, Adelaide. She is Chair of the University’s International Faculty Forum, established to promote educational standards across the sector internationally.

Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge (since 1989) and a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Geological Society. His scientific work is published in over 300 papers and articles. He is Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

Rev Dr Mark Worthing

Dr Greg Pike Christian Faith & Genetics: An Ethical Perspective Dr Greg Pike is the Director of the Adelaide-based Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, an independent institution committed to research into important bioethical issues affecting the whole community – locally, nationally and internationally.

The Historical Relationship Between Science & Faith Rev Dr Mark Worthing is Research Fellow at Tabor Adelaide and has a long-standing interest in science and theology, ethics, English literature and creative writing. One of his books God, Creation and Contemporary Physics (Fortress Press, 1996) won a Templeton prize for best new book in science and religion. He is a frequent speaker at science and theology conferences in Australia and overseas.

Professor John Pilbrow

Rev Dr Graham Buxton

What Science Teaches Us about God’s Action in the World

Introduction to the Science-Faith Debate: a Pastoral Perspective

Emeritus Professor John Pilbrow, past Chair of Physics at Monash University in Victoria, has been involved in the interface between science and faith for more than 50 years. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the UK Journal, Science & Christian Belief since 2002.

Rev Dr Graham Buxton is Inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor Adelaide and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Fuller Seminary in the USA. His recent research activities have focused on the contribution of trinitarian theology towards a more constructive engagement between the scientific and faith communities.

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Payment in full must be made prior to event. Submission of this registration form indicates your intent to make full payment. Cancellation Policy – A substitution delegate is always welcome with written notification. Cancellations received up to 6 weeks prior to the event will incur a 50% withdrawal fee. For cancellations received within 6 weeks of the event, no refund will be issued. Every effort will be made to contact each attendee should an event be rescheduled or cancelled by Tabor Adelaide for any reason. If an event is rescheduled or not held for any reason, Tabor Adelaide’s liability is limited to the event fee only. Indemnity – Tabor Adelaide reserves the right to change the venue and/or speakers of any event due to circumstances beyond its control. In the event of changes to venue or speakers, or cancellation of the event, Tabor Adelaide is indemnified against any or all costs, damages, expenses, including legal fees, which are incurred by the attendee/s. In the case of venue change, all reasonable efforts will be made to inform attendees. I understand that by registering myself and/or others as attendees at this event, photos or video may be taken by Tabor Adelaide of this event, which may be used for marketing purposes.

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~ TIMETABLE ~

TUESDAY AUGUST 30 TH 8.30 AM

Registration

9.00 AM

Welcome & Introduction to the Course

9.15 AM

Professor Graeme Clark Life as a Christian & a Scientist: a Personal Perspective

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 ST 9.30 AM

Dr Denis Alexander Creation or Evolution: Do We have to Choose?

10.15.AM

Questions and discussion

10.45 AM

Break for refreshments

11.15 AM

Professor Bob White The Debate about Global Warming: How Should Christians Respond?

12.00 PM

Questions & Discussion

12.30 PM

Lunch: The Science Exchange Professor Nancy Cromar A Christian Perspective on Human / Environment Interactions

10.00 AM

Rev Dr Graham Buxton Introduction to the Science-Faith Debate: a Pastoral Perspective

2.00 PM

10.45 AM

Questions & Discussion

2.45 PM

Questions & Discussion

11.00 AM

Break for Refreshments

3.15 PM

Break for Refreshments

11.30 AM

Professor Joel Green The Interface of Science & Faith: what Does it Mean to be Human?

3.45 PM

Dr Greg Pike Christian Faith & Genetics: An Ethical Perspective

12.15 PM

Questions & Discussion

4.30 PM

Questions & Discussion

12.45 PM

Lunch: The Science Exchange

5.00 PM

2.15 PM

Rev Dr Mark Worthing The Historical Relationship Between Science & Faith

Professor Gareth Jones Human Value in a World of Medical Technology: Hope for the Future

5.45 PM

Questions & Discussion

3.00 PM

Questions & Discussion

3.30 PM

Break for Refreshments

4.00 PM

Professor John Pilbrow What Science Teaches Us about God’s Action in the World

4.45 PM

Questions & Discussion

5.15 PM

Introduction to the Royal Institution of Australia

6.00 PM

Pre-Dinner Drinks: The Science Exchange

6.30 PM

Dinner: The Science Exchange

8.00 PM

Rev Dr David Wilkinson (via direct video link with Durham University, UK) God & the Big Bang: Understanding the Universe from a Faith Perspective

8.45 PM

Questions & Discussion

9.15 PM

Close for the Day

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6.15 PM

Pre-Dinner Drinks: The Science Exchange

6.30 PM

Dinner: The Science Exchange

8.00 PM

Rev Dr David Wilkinson (via direct video link with Durham University, UK) Are We Alone in the Universe? : a Christian Response

8.45 PM

Questions & Discussion

9.15 PM

Close for the Day

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 ST 9.30 AM

Rev Dr Denis Edwards Ecology & Incarnation: Exploring a Christian Ecological Theology

10.15.AM

Questions & Discussion

10.45 AM

Break for Refreshments

11.15 AM

Panel – Question & Answer Discussion Session

12.00 PM

Celebration Lunch: The National Wine Centre of Australia (Botanic Road, Adelaide)

2.00 PM

End of Course – Depart

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~ THANK YOU ~

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion An initiative of the Graeme Clark Research Institute at Tabor Adelaide along with The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’sCollege, Cambridge, UK.

~ W W W.t a b o r A D E L A I D E . E D U . A U ~


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