Autumn 2015 Spring 2016 Programme of talks
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15th September 2015 ‘Science Fiction, The Mythology Of Our Scientific Age’
Rev Dr Stephen May, science fiction fan and former Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Auckland
Science fiction is the literature of our age, questioning human origins, destiny and our relationship to what is not us, be it the universe, aliens, animals or the mechanical. In a “world without God”, will humans themselves become gods?
Dr May is author of Stardust and Ashes – Science Fiction in Christian Perspectives (Gospel and Cultures) and a member of Bible and Science Worcester organising committee.
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3rd November: ASSISTED SUICIDE – DO HARD CASES REALLY MAKE POOR LAW?
Prof John Wyatt, until recently Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London author of ‘Matters of life and Death’ (IVP)
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The call to legalise assisted suicide is back on the political agenda. Polls suggest that a majority of the public would be in favour of such a change to the law, and religious opposition is seen simply as another example of ingrained conservatism despite opposition from many doctors and many disabled people. Professor Wyatt will discuss these issues.
Winter 2014/ Spring 2015 Programme
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17th March 2015 A Jubilee* World View – Climate and Environmental Choices
Rev Dr Paul Beetham, Minister, Quinton Methodist Church, Birmingham
What effect is our lifestyle having on planet Earth and what are our responsibilities in caring for God’s creation?
Dr Paul Beetham explores the scientific and theological background to the choices facing humanity in the 21st Century. * See Leviticus 25.
Dr Beetham is a Methodist Minister with a research degree in Environmental Sciences who works near Birmingham. Please download and display the short poster for this event from Poster Paul_Beetham_17_March 2015 Medium.
17th February 2015 ‘Re-engineering Man – Human Enhancement?’
Rev Dr Justin Tomkins, Curate, SML Church, Poole
What does it mean to be fully human and fully alive in the context of modern changes in science, medicine and technology? Did Hollywood’s six million dollar man, Robocop or the Terminator ever stimulate this question for you? The Rev Dr Justin Tomkins will explore the thought-provoking subject of Human Enhancement, the concept of using science, medicine and technology not just to make sick people well, but to make already healthy people ‘better’ as in stronger, cleverer or happier. Drawing upon his book ‘Better People or Enhanced Humans?’ he will offer ideas for how Christian theology can be used to engage with this rapidly developing area of scientific ethics.
20th January 2015 ‘A heretic’s guide to modern cosmology
Rev Dr Richard Tweedy – Deacon Martley, Worcestershire
The cosmos is big, unimaginably big. So what are the big ideas in cosmology such as ‘What is the age of the universe? What is dark matter and energy? Is the universe inflating? Are there alternative ideas to the Big Bang?’ Reverend Dr Tweedy will give an overview of current models and explanations and which explanations he thinks might be wrong, and then talks about his views on the key points for Christians.