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Science versus Religion: Do We Need to Choose?

28 Jan - 18 Feb
Can science and religion live side by side in 2017? In the second part of year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, we look at the struggles and alliances that have formed between science and religion and the amazing work that they have inspired.

Be blown away by Sir Roger Norrington as he performs Haydn’s exuberant and roof-raising depiction of God’s creation with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They will also look to the stars with a concert featuring music used in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On Saturday 4 February, writers, faith and community leaders, academics and scientists join together to debate the relationship between science and religion. They discuss issues including quantum theology, playing God with artificial intelligence and the things that science can’t explain.

Speakers include Julian Baggini, philosopher and author, and Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science.

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28 Jan

Classical music
Orchestra
28 Jan
The French baroque, jazz-era Paris and 1980s America collide in this LPO concert

3 Feb

Classical music
Chamber & Recital
3 Feb
Hear Bach's mightiest organ works alongside his most intriguing contrapuntal experiments

4 Feb

Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
4 Feb
Do you think religion should make way for the new sciences? Discuss with us at this talk
Literature
4 Feb - 5 Feb
Explore issues around science versus religion at our second Belief & Beyond Belief weekend

Free

Classical music
Choral
4 Feb
Join our choral workshop to learn music from Haydn’s life-affirming The Creation
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
4 Feb
Can scientific discoveries deepen our understanding of God?
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
4 Feb
How do many of today’s miraculous new technologies mirror religious ideas?
Talks & Topics
Politics & History
4 Feb
What happens if a machine outgrows its purpose to defy its maker?
Talks & Topics
Nature & Environment
4 Feb
Come discuss the scientific and religious explanations for the universe’s creation
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
4 Feb
Listen to this keynote address about the universe’s mysteries

Buy a day pass for access to a range of talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world.

Day Pass: £15 / £7.50 concessions

 

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