The Cambridge Roundtable on Science and Religion

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Upcoming Roundtables

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NOT upcoming but RECENTLY on Nov 28 2023 our Science and the Origin of Life Roundtable featured Chemistry Profs James Tour (Rice) and Lee Cronin (Glasgow). Let's do it again!

February 14, 2025
“The central conundrum about the origin of life - that, as an accidental event, it seems so very improbable - is not one that science has yet resolved. Claiming credit prematurely - claiming, in effect, that current science holds all the answers - may stunt the growth of the new ideas that a resolution may require.” -Fitness of the Cosmos for Life, Cambridge University Press, 2007, from the Forward: The improbability of Life by George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Research Professor, Harvard University -What did faculty say about this Roundtable? And how are these evenings conducted at The Harvard Faculty Club? Click again to read more!

Past Roundtables

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In Our Genes or In Our Genesis? Where do you look for clues to the mysteries of life and the universe?

December 08, 2022
Philosopher and Theologian William Lane Craig and Harvard Biology Professor David Haig
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November 01, 2022
Boston University Professor of Astronomy Michael Mendillo, retired academic and novelist Larry Constantine , Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Professor Sean McDonough
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Science and the Sacred: Wonders in the Sky above and on the Earth below

June 02, 2022
Wilfred Buck, Science Facilitator, Educator, Cree Elder and Ceremonial Leader; Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Wilfred Buck has been asked by Western educational and scientific institutions to bring his Indigenous star knowledge into its work on astronomy. As commercial entities become increasingly active in space exploration, issues relating to the colonization of space are becoming part of the conversation, underscoring the need for other voices such as Buck’s.
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“What are the limits of religious knowledge?”

October 21, 2021
Troy Van Voorhis, Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, MIT and Alex Byrne, Professor of Philosophy, MIT
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What is Human Nature? Moral Challenges for Genetic Engineering Research Today

June 17, 2021
In conversation with Harvard Genetics Professor George Church.
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God & The Human Mind: How Do Cognitive Science and Neuroscience Interface with Religion?

January 27, 2021
Tania Lombrozo - Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology | Director, Concepts and Cognition Lab | Princeton University...... Jordan Grafman - Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | Director, Brain Injury   Research, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab | Northwestern University...... Justin Barrett - Editor, Oxford University Press Handbook for Cognitive Science of Religion (forthcoming).
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What do Scientists Around the World Think about Religion and Why does it Matter?

November 12, 2020
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University
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Intellectual Humility

July 22, 2020
2019 Templeton Prize Winner and Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth Marcelo Gleiser and Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT Cullen Buie.
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Lessons from Water Diplomacy in Resolving Complex Problems in Science and Religion through Principled Pragmatism

April 16, 2019
Shafik Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
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Human Progress Narratives and the Promotion of Human Flourishing

October 29, 2018
Tyler VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health