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Science news Round-Up: In the Beginning

Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio It’s been an amazing month for science news, including the first transplant of a genetically modified pig’s heart into a human being, and research suggesting that people in vegetative states

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Finding Common Ground Between Science and Faith

One of the more intriguing corners of the internet is the world of pacifists playing war games. In both fantasy and reality-based games, including Battlefield V, Call of Duty and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can

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The Christmas story does not need to ‘prove’ God

What has quantum gravity got to do with herald angels singing, little towns of Bethlehem and ‘Away in a Manger’? In his best-selling A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking recounts a conference on cosmology at

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Nativity Narratives

Even in a normal December, it’s hard to get through the month without encountering a Nativity play crisis. In 2021, it’s Covid that’s leading to cancellations; in earlier years, columnists habitually cited multiculturalism as the motive

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From Reading To Writing Genes

Francis Crick Institute, London

SENIOR LEADERS January 10
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Robotics, AI and Ethics

University of York

SENIOR LEADERS March 22, 2022
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Saved From What? (And For What?)

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Southwark Regional Conference December 7
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ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY ATTENDS ECLAS AI EVENT

On Wednesday 3 November 2021 the ECLAS team held an event for bishops and policy advisors at Lambeth Palace, focusing on AI and Ethics. Among the attendees at the event were the Archbishop of Canterbury, Roman

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Announcing our funding for new Scientists in Congregations projects

We’re awarding funding totalling £400,000 to 23 churches in England and Wales to explore the relationship between science and faith through our church engagement programme Scientists in Congregations. The successful churches have each received grants of

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In Memoriam: Revd Dr Joel Edwards

It is with great sadness that the ECLAS team heard of the death of Revd Dr Joel Edwards.  Joel was a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College and had completed his DThM recently as a part-time

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Science for Seminaries award winners announced

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded grants to nine theological colleges in the UK through our Science for Seminaries programme, with the aim of promoting science-engaged theology. The colleges have each received sums

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ABOUT ECLAS

ECLAS was born from the conviction that science is a gift from God, but that too often Christian leaders lack the confidence and tools to engage with scientific questions. In an age when faith is often portrayed in opposition to science, we want to create opportunities for church leaders to connect with world-class science and scientists, to develop well-informed, theologically grounded, practical knowledge about the world and our place in it.

Original Research

Research forms the basis of ECLAS’ work to drive culture change within the church. Through surveys and in-depth interviews, we explore current attitudes towards science within the church and suggest evidence-based ways to engage more deeply with science. Our research informs our policy work, resource development, and senior leaders’ conferences.

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Lewis Carroll, Science, Logic & the Imagination

A roundtable from the Through the Looking Glass Sesquicentenary Conference in November 2021, chaired by Dr Melanie Keene. The contributors are Dr Alice Gorman, Dr Franziska Kohlt, Dr Amirouche Moktefi, and Professor Tom McLeish.

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Reflecting on Science Fiction and Public Theology

A pair of reflections from Revd Dr Lucas Mix and Revd Prof David Wilkinson on the topic of science fiction and public theology, recorded during an online event in October 2021.

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God and the Pandemic

Watch Revd Prof David Wilkinson in conversation with NT Wright on his new book, God and the Pandemic (SPCK Publishing). A rich exploration of the Church’s response to pandemics past and present, why lamention is an essential part of spirituality, and how Christians can better engage with science in the aftermath of Covid-19.

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