Thursday, 17 September 2015

Scientific resources for the Christadelphian. Part 4 - Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

The fourth organisation that should be on any Christadelphian's list of credible, reliable resources to provide information on the relationship between science and religion is the UK-based Faraday Institute for Science and Religion which "is an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund's College, Cambridge", and in "addition to academic research...engages in the public understanding of science and religion by means of Courses, Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and the Media." Founded in 2006, in the approximately ten years since then, it has managed to create a considerable volume of high-quality information, such as the Faraday Papers, that provide an overview of the religion-science relationship from experts scholars in the relevant field, such as John Polkinghorne, Roger Trigg, John Houghton, and Alister McGrath.

Its multimedia library in particular is a goldmine of information on subjects ranging from bioethics to theology, not to mention evolutionary biology:

Sadly, our magazines such as The Testimony and The Christadelphian do not even begin to approach the required intellectual rigour needed to tackle such subjects, let alone manage to handle them correctly, so until our community can inculcate the require intellectual and scholarly rigour to do justice to such subjects, resources such as the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion are essential items for our community.