Valley forum explores meaning of life

THE fourth International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival begins today with the opening ceremony to be held at Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton.

Leading authorities on philosophy, religion and science from throughout the world will gather in Grafton this week to discuss matters as diverse as Galileo and Descartes to Aboriginal faith and theology.

Chairman of the festival committee, Roger Millard, will begin proceedings today, with Lenore Parker providing a welcome.

Patron of the festival, Howie Firth, will perform the official opening, before The Story of the Three Candles is presented by Stan Mussared.

The ceremony begins at 1.30pm.

According to festival organisers, one highlight of the week's festivities is the Socrates Cafi, which will be held in The Emporium at South Grafton tomorrow night.

Guided by a facilitator, participants will be able to discuss any topic of their choosing.

The approach will be modelled on Socrates from classical Greek times, with the aim of enjoying the philosophical conversations rather than seeking solutions to the questions posed, organisers said.

The festival runs until Sunday.

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