17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We propose to find two eminent speakers from the viewpoints of conflict and consonance who are willing to engage positively and not just have a slanging match. An example on the pro-faith side is John Lennox (Professor of Maths, Oxford), who has had numerous high-profile debates with the likes of Dawkins and Hitchens, or even Francis Collins from the human genome project. We would need to consult people of other persuasions regarding an anti-faith representative. Suggested format: 15 minutes for each speaker, then a period for them to have a question-and-answer debate together, then bring in the audience with questions and comments.
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A seminar room rather than a formal lecture theatre, with a capacity of up to 100, with facilities for roving microphone use so all participants can be clearly heard in the discussion.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Science and religious faith are often portrayed as being in conflict, but in fact many scientists are Christians or followers of other faiths. Some question whether the two can be done with integrity, suggesting it is at best a poor compromise, or claim that those with faith make poor scientists; obviously others have quite a different opinion! What difference does it really make when we bring the two together? How do we address the growing tendency to demand that personal faith and public life should be separated? Are science and faith intrinsically opposed, or is there a positive engagement?
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Newcastle has a large population of mixed faiths (and none), many of whom work in one of the two Universities and their science departments. There is a healthy debate both inside and outside the universities about the relationship between faith and science; for example, a local group of the 'Christians in Science' national organisation has recently been formed to promote positive interaction and informed discussion of these issues. Student press is currently airing the subject.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1. Issues of religious faith in public life are topical in the media. 2. Subject is of general interest, not a specialist area of science, but science is often misused in the argument. 3. Faith is an important issue in a multicultural society. 4. The debate should address a common public misconception that science has somehow 'disproved God'.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
This proposal is coming initially from a new local group of Christians in Science, but we confidently expect we can find support from a wide range of people across different viewpoints, especially among students; for example, the current Science editor of Newcastle University's student newspaper The Courier, a professed atheist, when recently interviewing Christians from this group, says he would welcome a debate.
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Christians in Science, Tyneside and Northumberland
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School of Chemistry
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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