Cosmology: The Beginning, The End and The Vast

Date: 4-6th July 2016
Location: St John’s College, Durham University
Audience: Senior Leaders

This conference sees Prof Tom McLeish propose a new vision of the science-theology conflict in relation to cosmology. Prof Celia Deane-Drummond presents her research on the attitude towards science amongst American church leaders in the USA.


  • Resurrection: Continuity and Transformation
  • Bible, History, Now
  • Religious Leadership And Science: Challenges And Opportunities In The USA

Keynote Speakers:

  • Revd Tim Wall
  • Professor Celia Deane-Drummond
  • Professor Tom McLeish
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Video Resources

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Theological Reflections Pt 1. ‘Origins’ – Canon Professor David Wilkinson

Drawing on some of the key theological questions (such as, the origin of the universe, the extent of the universe and the exploration of the universe) Canon Professor David Wilkinson takes these issues deeper talking about what we understand by the Christian doctrine of creation.

Lecture Creation
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Theological Reflections Pt 2. ‘Resurrection: Continuity And Transformation’ – Canon Professor David Wilkinson And Revd Tim Wall

In this collaborative lecture Canon Professor David Wilkinson discusses the ‘end’ in the context of astronomy and the universe. Revd Tim Wall then leads a discussion of new creation – new heaven and new earth.

Lecture Creation
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Bible, History, Now – Professor Tom McLeish

Professor Tom McLeish contextualises cosmology in light of Job – as both an Anglican lay reader and professional physicist.

Lecture BIBLE
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Religious Leadership And Science: Challenges And Opportunities In The USA – Professor Celia Deane-Drummond

Celia Deane Drummond looks at creation theories from her perspective as a biologist.

Church Action
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Neuroscience: Body, Mind and Free-Will

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Complexity: Creation, Suffering, and The Action of God