Life stories of unbelievers – tales about life and attitudes to death

Participants wanted for new research on life and death stories of the non-religious

My name is Katie Aston, I’m a research associate at Newman University, Birmingham, researching beliefs about the end of life. As part of my research I am carrying out life story interviews with individuals in the UK who are broadly speaking non-religious (identifying as atheist, humanist, unbelievers, secularist or other!). Continue reading Life stories of unbelievers – tales about life and attitudes to death

Interview participants needed for new research into Catholicism and science

My name is James Riley, I’m a PhD student at Newman University, Birmingham, researching Catholicism and science. As part of my research I am currently carrying out face-to-face interviews with individuals in England who identify as Catholic. Continue reading Interview participants needed for new research into Catholicism and science

Lifting the lid on the research process

Reflections on the student partnership programme at Newman University

At the beginning of 2016, the team at the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society (CSKBS) launched their first student partnerships at Newman University. The main aim of the project was to engage the student population in the process of research on two of the Centre’s projects: God’s in Mind and Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum. We hoped to mentor the students as they were introduced to the various stages of the research process, guiding them through the ups and downs of being a researcher. Below is a reflection, by both the students and the team, on the successes and the challenges of the student partnership project. Continue reading Lifting the lid on the research process

Science and Secularisation

On Wednesday 18th November our new home, the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society here at Newman University was launched with an inaugural seminar by the celebrated historian of science, Professor John Hedley-Brooke.

CSKBS LogoProfessor Hedley-Brooke, a former Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford, presented a skilful overview of the chequered history of science and religion, challenging the thesis Continue reading Science and Secularisation

How dinosaurs became the darlings of creationists

"Creation Museum 10" by Anthony5429 - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Creation_Museum_10.png#/media/File:Creation_Museum_10.png

At our Forum on Science and Religion held at the end of May as part of a workshop at York University, Toronto, Professor Ron L. Numbers of the University of Wisconsin gave a keynote lecture titled, “Conflict Denied: How Once-Suspect Evidence of Evolution Came to Support the Biblical Narrative.” In the lecture Professor Numbers, the author of many works on the history of creationism in the US, told the story of how dinosaurs became the darlings of creationists, confounding the expectations of evolutionists and anti-evolutionists alike. Continue reading How dinosaurs became the darlings of creationists