Friday, June 24, 2011

350+ Lectures on Science and Religion

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. In addition to academic research, the Institute engages in the public understanding of science and religion by means of Courses, Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and the Media. The website also has a huge multimedia archive, with lectures on science/religion topics by such names as John Polkinghorne, Alister McGrath, Robin Collins and George Ellis. There is plenty of food for thought (and some you won't agree with). That being said, check out the multimedia archive for tons of audio, such as:
350+ More Science & Religion Lectures here.



winteryknight said...

Warning, they seem to be featuring a lot of theistic evolutionists: Darryl Falk, Denis Alexander, Francis Collins, etc. No intelligent design scholars that I could see. Not even Behe. And certainly not Meyer or Dembski. So not a survey of different points of view.

Brian Auten said...

I concur. Hence my "some you won't agree with" line.
So as with anything, please be discerning.

Billy Squibs said...

The Faraday Institute are promoting a particular point of view when it comes to matters of evolution. (Earnest Lucas does a good job of attempting to harmonise the creation accounts with scientific orthodoxy, for example.) This is their right. And it's no different to (the excellent) Apologetics 3:15 focusing entirely on promoting Christian belief over other belief systems.

But the truth of the matter is that evolutionary debate takes up a relatively small amount of the catalogue. There really is some excellent stuff to be found in there. It's only natural that with 300+ lectures you will get dross.

I've had the pleasure of meeting number of the speakers that featured on their various courses and they seemed to be thoroughly decent sorts, committed in their own way to advancing The Kingdom.

I say all the above as someone who subscribes to TE.

Steelwheels said...

From the comments it seems like a Fish Fry. Eat the meat, spit out the bones. Sometimes there's more bones and not much meat.

Billy Squibs said...

But that could be said of anything - including this site! winteryknight and Brian obviously don't buy evolution (no one is perfect, right!) but I would hope that they would find the arguments put forward by theistic evolutionists about evolution to be worthy of consideration. Whatever your opinion on evolution there really is a lot of interesting stuff to be found on the site.

I think the primary achievement of The Faraday Institute is to present an alternative to the myth that is so prevalent amongst the public (including scientists) - that science and Christianity are locked in a fight to the death and the reason and rationality of the former will triumph.

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