Complexity, Creation, Suffering, Time, Action of God

Resources on Christianity and Science including interviews, lectures and shared material.

Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)
Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)
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Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)

Professor Brian Cox on why he agreed to address clergy from the Church of England. He discusses the implications of living in a multiverse and the problem of deriving ‘meaning’ from science.

Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
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Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)

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.

Historical Attitudes and Responses to Evolution – Professor John Hedley Brooke (Lecture) (1hr 2mins)
Historical Attitudes and Responses to Evolution – Professor John Hedley Brooke (Lecture) (1hr 2mins)
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Historical Attitudes and Responses to Evolution – Professor John Hedley Brooke (Lecture) (1hr 2mins)

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’.

Religious Leadership and Science: Challenges and Opportunities in the USA – Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (1hr 3mins)
Religious Leadership and Science: Challenges and Opportunities in the USA – Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (1hr 3mins)
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Religious Leadership and Science: Challenges and Opportunities in the USA – Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (1hr 3mins)

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.

The Privilege and Pain of Freedom: Creation and the Theology of Doing Science – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (46:17)
The Privilege and Pain of Freedom: Creation and the Theology of Doing Science – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (46:17)
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The Privilege and Pain of Freedom: Creation and the Theology of Doing Science – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (46:17)

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.

Suffering – Professor Karen Kilby (Lecture) (58:52)
Suffering – Professor Karen Kilby (Lecture) (58:52)
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Suffering – Professor Karen Kilby (Lecture) (58:52)

Professor Karen Kilby reflects on the place and status of suffering in Christian thought. Kilby is Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University.

Encountering Eternity: God’s Relation to the Complexity of Time – Professor Tom Greggs (Lecture) (1hr)
Encountering Eternity: God’s Relation to the Complexity of Time – Professor Tom Greggs (Lecture) (1hr)
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Encountering Eternity: God’s Relation to the Complexity of Time – Professor Tom Greggs (Lecture) (1hr)

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.

Theological Reflections pt 1. ‘Origins’ – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr)
Theological Reflections pt 1. ‘Origins’ – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr)
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Theological Reflections pt 1. ‘Origins’ – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr)

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.

Bible, History, Now – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (44:05)
Bible, History, Now – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (44:05)
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Bible, History, Now – Professor Tom McLeish (Lecture) (44:05)

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

Geophysics, Faith and the Environment – Professor Bob White (Interview) (09:05)
Geophysics, Faith and the Environment – Professor Bob White (Interview) (09:05)
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Geophysics, Faith and the Environment – Professor Bob White (Interview) (09:05)

Canon Professor David Wilkinson interviews Professor Bob White on being a Geophysicist and a Christian. Bob reflects on his work as a scientist as another means of exploring God’s creation.

Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)
Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)
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Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)

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).

Varieties of Creation in the Bible – Emeritus Professor David Clines (Lecture) (1hr 26mins)
Varieties of Creation in the Bible – Emeritus Professor David Clines (Lecture) (1hr 26mins)
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Varieties of Creation in the Bible – Emeritus Professor David Clines (Lecture) (1hr 26mins)

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.

Complexity and Decay – Professor Wilson Poon (Lecture) (57:26)
Complexity and Decay – Professor Wilson Poon (Lecture) (57:26)
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Complexity and Decay – Professor Wilson Poon (Lecture) (57:26)

Professor Wilson Poon presenting at ‘New Directions in Cosmology’ in 2013. In his talk he reflects on some of the scientific work being carried out in complexity and offers some theological reflection

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