Short Course: Biology and Belief Madingley Hall: Feb 12-14, 2016

This weekend course run by the Faraday Institute will explore a number of different areas of biology that raise important questions for humankind, and for Christian theology. For example: Are the processes of the living world ordered or chaotic? Is evolution compatible with purpose? Is there more kindness than cruelty in the world? How unique is our genetic code? The aim will be to move beyond the usual controversies about biology and belief, such as discussions about whether evolution is compatible with scripture, exploring instead questions that are coming out of current mainstream science. Lectures will be delivered by experienced scientists and theologians, with plenty of time for discussion. As with all Faraday courses, this weekend is aimed towards thinking people from a variety of backgrounds, both scientists and non-scientists.

The residential costs for the course is £250 (£145 non-res) full participant, £200 (£120 non-res) for post docs and £140 (£85 non-res) for students.

A subsidised place (at post-doc rates) is kindly being made available to ordained and lay ministers in Ely Diocese. If you would like to be considered for it please email Ruth Bancewicz Full timetable at

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

Click on a speaker’s name to obtain brief biographical details.