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God and the Natural Science

On 23 June 2010 Steven Ames presented the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy with a constructive conversation on the topic of God and the Natural Science with special comments on Atheist Convention.


Dr. Stephen Ames is Lecturer in the Philosophy School at the University of Melbourne, and is a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to his Theological Degree, he holds Doctorates in both Physics and the Philosophy of Science. Rev Ames has published in the area of physics, history and philosophy of science and theology. This includes a presentation associated with his co winning of a Templeton foundation award at Oxford University in 2001, at the University Arizona 2006 and again at Oxford in 2008 on the nature of reason and design. Rev Ames is the current chairperson for the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy.


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Launch of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy
with Hon Brian Howe

Welcome to the inaugural podcast from the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy. This is the first of a series of lectures on key themes on religion and social policy by distinguished lecturers.

The following lecture was given by the Honourable Brian Howe on April 23 2009 at the launch of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy. Professor Howe began his political career as representative of the northern Melbourne metropolitan electoral Division of Batman to the Australian House of Representatives in 1977.  In 1984 he was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Social Security. In this role he carried out major reforms to Australia's social security system.

In 1991 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, a position he held until June of 1995. He is presently an Honorary (Professorial Fellow) at the University of Melbourne.

The Honourable Brian Howe chose as his topic ‘The churches and public policy: past and future’

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