CiS CONNECT Conference 2022 – Is God Fake News?

Exploring the impact of ‘Fake News’ and how Christians can respond to it

About this event
If you are a student, graduate or early career scientist, we would love for you to join the CiS CONNECT Conference 2022. We will be exploring misconceptions surrounding the relationship between science and faith through history, thinking about practical ways we can approach Fake News, particularly in the media and discussing whether or not God is ‘Fake News’.

The ticket will give you access to join each session and cover the cost to post and deliver a pack of conference goodies to your door!

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Date and time
Starting Fri, 11 Mar 2022 at 19:00 and will finish on Sat, 12 Mar 2022 at 13:00 GMT

CiS CONNECT Conference Agenda:

Friday PM :
7:00 – 7:15pm: Welcome

7:15 – 7:45pm: Good News or Fake News – What can we learn from science?
As humans, we are constantly bombarded by incoming experiences and information. How do we make sense of it all? And, equally important, what sense do we make of it all? In this session, we’ll take a brief look at what cultural evolution can tell us about how humans receive, interpret and transmit information, before asking how best we can go about questioning and assessing what we read or hear. In particular, we’ll ask what we can learn from an investigative approach that is often held up as the standard against which all other approaches ought to be judged: the methodology of science.

7:45 – 8:00pm: BREAK

8:00 – 8:30: Oliver Barclay Lecture
In the last 18 months we have not only been challenged by a pandemic, but also by the consequences of climate change. Melting glaciers, devastating floods and fires are pressing issues that need tackling. From a Christian perspective it is quite tempting to think of these challenges as individual natural evils. But what if these phenomena are somehow connected? A proper understanding of the biology of viruses shows that the topic is more complicated, and that there are lessons to be learned about the connectedness of the whole of creation, our identity as human beings and our role in this world.

8:30 – 9:00: Discussion Groups

9:00pm onwards: Networking Opportunity

Saturday AM:

9:30am: Optional Morning Prayer Meeting

10:00 – 10:30am: Ancient Fake News – God vs Science in History
Where did the idea that God and Science are opposed actually come from? Is it true that history is full of battles between religious and scientific thought? Was Galileo sent to jail? Was Bruno burned for his astronomical insights? Did Christianity ban Greek and Roman science, and usher in the Dark Ages? In this workshop, we will investigate these questions – and uncover what is perhaps the most successful public deception of all time.

10:30 – 10:45am: Christians in Science Update

10:45 – 11:00am: BREAK

11:00 – 11:30am: Is God fake news – and how can we tell?
Does God exist? Is the Bible right about what he’s like and what he wants us to be like? How can we assess its claims against the claims of science, or the evidence from suffering, or any of the other issues that niggle or dominate when we begin to engage with what it says? The aim of this session will be to embolden our thinking and speaking about what, after all, is said to be the word of God. For, if the Bible really is ‘God-breathed,’ then we can be confident that its claims, perhaps even more than the claims of science, will withstand the most rigorous of examinations and the most demanding of real-world trials.

11:30 – 12:00pm: Panel Q & A

12:00 – 12:30pm: Discussion time

12:30 – 1:00pm: Reflection, prayer and close

The Speakers:
Dr Kate Distin has for many years combined her academic work as an author and speaker with a range of teaching and pastoral roles. Her academic background is in philosophy, and her publications in this field include Cultural Evolution and The Selfish Meme, both published by Cambridge University Press. She has also written and spoken about the needs of exceptionally bright children, and more recently about what we can learn from disciplines like philosophy and science about how to answer some of life’s big questions. Whatever the context, Kate’s desire is always to equip people to think things through for themselves.

David Hutchings is Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a physics teacher at Pocklington School in England. He is the author of Of Popes and Unicorns (2022), God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse (2020), and Let There Be Science (2017). Hutchings is a regular speaker on the philosophy, history, and theology of science across the United Kingdom.

Dr Mirjam Schilling received a PhD from the Institute of Virology, Freiburg, Germany in 2016 and is now working as a Postdoc at the University of Oxford. Her research focusses on the interplay of viruses and the innate immune system. In her free time, she has been studying Theology part-time in Stuttgart, Freiburg and Oxford and is currently working on her DPhil in which she explores the theological aspects of viruses.

FAQs

Can I get a discounted ticket?
Yes! If you are a member of CIS, you can select for a discounted ticket. Students can get their first year of membership with CiS for FREE! You can also get discounted membership to CiS if you are a students who have already had their 1st year free and graduates in their first 2 years out of university. To become a member, please go to the Christians in Science website: www.cis.org.uk

How do I get there?
Once you have registered, you will be given access to the conference event page. Here you will find a Zoom link which will become active at the start of the conference. You can access this from one device (phone, tablet, computer) per ticket.

What do I wear?
Pyjamas, onesie or formal wear. As long as you are comfortable!

What do I need?
Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a Conference Pack in the post. The only other thing you will need on the day is a device to get onto zoom.

What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions, please email our Development Officer, Steph, on [email protected]