Resources on Christianity and Science including interviews, lectures and shared material.
In his lecture Dr Graeme Finlay (a Cancer Biologist) focuses on a new branch of study which has been comparing genomes of different species. He notes that it is an extraordinarily new development which has brought home to us the facts of our common descent with other species.
Professor John Hedley Brooke, historian of science, presents delegates with a historical account of evolution. His work has been significant to the area of science and religion and he is most well-known for his thesis on ‘complexity’.
Professor Celia Deane-Drummond is a Biologist by training and in her talk she reflects on science and religion in an American context. Deane-Drummond also draws on the work of Ron Numbers who is known for his historical analysis of creationism.
Professor Tom McLeish reflects on the themes of chaos and freedom as a theologically interested and committed scientist. On completion of his publication Faith and Wisdom in Science he is often asked ‘does your Christian faith change the way you do physics?’. McLeish reflects on the answer to this important question.
In this lecture Professor Tom Greggs considers the theological issues relating to time and eternity, he assesses the relationship of God to a created reality and analyses the inter-relationship of God’s freedom from and for creation in its temporal complexity.
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.
Professor Tom McLeish reflects on science and Christianity referring to the book of Job as a place where clear links between the two can be found. He refers to an extract in Job which consists of 135 questions about the natural world. Questions such as: ‘Do you know where light comes from?’ ‘Where does hail come from? ‘Can you explain why the hawk navigates to the south?’ – all of which illustrate one of the most important aspects of science – asking questions. McLeish’s argument can be found in more detail in his book Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014).
Emeritus Professor David Clines presenting at ‘New Directions in Cosmology’ in 2013. During his talk he discusses the different interpretations of creation – including the initial act of creation and the created world that comes into being.