Next Event:

Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience and Religion

31st August - 2nd September 2017 | Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln

Call for Short Papers

An Introduction to the Science and Religion Forum


A look back at our 2016 event

Are there limits to science?

Birmingham 2016

On the 31st August, 2016 over 50 delegates from the UK and around the globe gathered in the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham to begin an intense three days of presentation and discussions around the central topic: Are there limits to science? The key note addresses were given by leading specialists including the philosopher Fiona Ellis, theologian Neil Messer and religion and science lecturer Donovan Schaefer, and in the short paper sessions delegates got a chance to engage in topics including the historical limits of science, the place of naturalism in debates and how the topic is tackled in school education. There was also plenty of time for socialising and networking during coffee and at the conference dinner. Delegates commented that the rich programme and friendly atmosphere combined to make the conference time enormously valuable and enriching. Each delegate probably has their own reflections on whether the conference answered the question in the title, but there is no doubt that he conversations will continue until we meet again for the SRF 2017 conference in Lincoln.


Keynote Speakers and their Papers

The Revd Dr Fraser Watts

Dr Emmanuel Nartey

Naturalism, the limits of science and the case for non-scientific knowledge

Dr Pete Jordan

Expanding the explanatory limits of science in early modern England

The Revd Dr Michael Fuller

The Historical Limits of Science

Ken Freeman

Models of Reality—My search for Meaning

The Revd Dr Philip I. Chapman

The Limits of Science - A Barthian Approach

Dr Berry Billingsley

Developing school students' appreciation of the power and limitations of science: Research based intervention study

Nathan Aviezer

Science – the Endless Frontier

David Ashford

Christianity and The Singularity
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Chris Abbess

Are there limits to science? A Bayesian response.

Fiona Ellis

'God, naturalism, and the limits of science'

Mikael Leidenhag

The Many Faces of Naturalism - reflecting on the current status of philosophical naturalism in the dialogue between theology and science

Neil Messer

What should Christian theology (not) learn from science? The case of the human brain

Sarah Lane Ritchie

An Elephant in the Room: Divine Action, Naturalism(s), and Why the Causal Joint is Still Worth Talking About
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Donovan Schaefer

The Wild Experiment: Feeling, Secularism, and the Limits of Science

Neil Spurway

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Christopher Southgate

The Limits of Science: A Poet’s Perspective

Short Papers

Event Highlights

2017 Event

Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience and Religion

31st Aug to 2nd Sep 2017

Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln

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Call for Short Papers

The conference will include a Short Paper session for which all attendees are encouraged to submit proposals. Short papers must be related to the main conference theme.

Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes presentation time, to be followed by 10 minutes discussion. Proposals, in the form of a title and a 200 word summary, should be sent by Friday 23 June 2017 to Gillian Straine at Submissions will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please re-submit your proposal. Acceptance of short papers will be according to criteria of quality, originality, relevance to the conference theme, and plausibility of presentation within 15 minutes. Submissions from students are particularly encouraged. Those whose proposals are accepted will be informed by Friday 14 July 2017.