Thursday, 6th October 2016Science and Theology in Human Sexuality Conference – Plenary Speakers’ Presentations

19 September 2016 (11am) – 20 September 2016 (4pm), St. John’s College, Durham University
A two-day conference on Science and Theology in Human Sexuality that was held at St John’s College, Durham University, England, from 19th to 20th September 2016. The event was concerned with the contribution of science to current Christian debates on human sexuality, especially (but not only) in the Church of England. Frequent calls are made on all sides for attention to be paid to the findings of science in relation to the factors influencing sexual orientation, the outcomes of efforts to change sexual orientation, good practice in relation to pastoral care, etc., but there has been little critical attention to the scientific literature and to the way in which interpretation of this literature has been influenced by theological perspectives. This conference – held in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists – provided a critical, state-of-the-art review of the key scientific issues, including plenary contributions from some of the leading scientists and researchers in the field. Attention was given to the various ways in which science and theology may engage in constructive inter-disciplinary dialogue, with the aim of furthering the debate in the churches in a constructive and open way.
Thank you for attending the conference. There has been a lot of interest from delegates in having access to the plenary speakers’ presentations. Happily, all of the plenary speakers have indicated their willingness to make these available, and as such you can download them by clicking on the links below:
NB: The copyright of these presentations rests with the speakers. It is prohibited to further distribute, copy or reproduce these talks (in whole or in part) without acknowledgement of the source.

Royal College of Psychiatrists