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The place of coronavirus in God’s creation
The place of coronavirus in God’s creation
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The place of coronavirus in God’s creation

A short film exploring how coronavirus has changed our relationship with the natural world, featuring contributions from seven Bishops in the Church of England. Interviews conducted by Dr Thoko Kamwendo, video produced by Helen Billam.

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Transcript - The place of coronavirus in God's creation

Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19
Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19
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Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19

We spoke to seven Bishops in the Church of England about biblical and theological narratives which they have found to be helpful and unhelpful in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Interviews were conducted by Dr Thoko Kamwendo and edited by Helen Billam.

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Transcript -Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19

NT Wright, God and the Pandemic (36:50)
NT Wright, God and the Pandemic (36:50)
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NT Wright, God and the Pandemic (36:50)
If all creation is ‘good’ what about the suffering we see around us in nature? (03:27)
If all creation is ‘good’ what about the suffering we see around us in nature? (03:27)
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If all creation is ‘good’ what about the suffering we see around us in nature? (03:27)
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Transcript - If all creation is good, what about the suffering we see around us in nature?

Why is evolution so wasteful? (01:45)
Why is evolution so wasteful? (01:45)
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Why is evolution so wasteful? (01:45)
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Transcript - Why is evolution so wasteful?

Is it possible to take the Bible seriously and believe in evolution? (04:04)
Is it possible to take the Bible seriously and believe in evolution? (04:04)
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Is it possible to take the Bible seriously and believe in evolution? (04:04)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - Is it possible to take the Bible seriously and believe in evolution?

Did God use the Big Bang to create? (02:40)
Did God use the Big Bang to create? (02:40)
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Did God use the Big Bang to create? (02:40)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - Did God use the Big Bang to create?

How does a belief in evolution relate to the theme of the fallenness of humankind? (04:06)
How does a belief in evolution relate to the theme of the fallenness of humankind? (04:06)
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How does a belief in evolution relate to the theme of the fallenness of humankind? (04:06)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - How does a belief in evolution relate to the theme of the fallenness of humankind?

What is a miracle? (03:40)
What is a miracle? (03:40)
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What is a miracle? (03:40)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - What is a miracle?

Can someone believe both in God as creator and in evolution? (02:47)
Can someone believe both in God as creator and in evolution? (02:47)
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Can someone believe both in God as creator and in evolution? (02:47)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

 

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Transcript - Can someone believe in God and in evolution?

What about intelligent design? (03:29)
What about intelligent design? (03:29)
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What about intelligent design? (03:29)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - What about intelligent design?

What is wrong with creationism? (04:13)
What is wrong with creationism? (04:13)
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What is wrong with creationism? (04:13)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - What's wrong with creationism?

Doesn’t the Bible teach some form of creationism? After all, God is the Creator… (04:19)
Doesn’t the Bible teach some form of creationism? After all, God is the Creator… (04:19)
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Doesn’t the Bible teach some form of creationism? After all, God is the Creator… (04:19)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - Doesn’t the Bible teach some form of creationism?

Why should the church engage with science? (03:22)
Why should the church engage with science? (03:22)
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Why should the church engage with science? (03:22)

Part of our ‘Short Answers to Big Questions’ series.

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Transcript - Why should the church engage with science?

Care for the Environment: a Gospel Imperative – Dr Ruth Valerio (Lecture) (54:12)
Care for the Environment: a Gospel Imperative – Dr Ruth Valerio (Lecture) (54:12)
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Care for the Environment: a Gospel Imperative – Dr Ruth Valerio (Lecture) (54:12)

Dr Ruth Valerio deconstructs the notion of ‘Stewardship’ and reflects on why she is hesitant about referring to a ‘Theology of Ecology’. Rather than having a ‘Theology of…’ Ruth wants the viewers to recognise that the earth and its environment has always been important to God. Ruth’s key message is that caring for the planet should be a central part of Christian belief.

Human Evolution: A Personal Theological Perspective – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
Human Evolution: A Personal Theological Perspective – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
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Human Evolution: A Personal Theological Perspective – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)

Dr Graeme Finlay provides delegates with a personal theological reflection on evolution. He refers to evolution as being an ‘ambiguous context’ depending on whether we are thinking about the the evolution of disease or our own biological evolution, which brings about the amazing diversity of life. Finlay is a Senior lecturer in molecular medicine based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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.

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.

Creation in Christian Thinking – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr 19mins)
Creation in Christian Thinking – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr 19mins)
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Creation in Christian Thinking – Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Lecture) (1hr 19mins)

Canon Professor David Wilkinson presenting at ‘New Directions in Cosmology’ in 2013. In his talk David reflects on the relevance of biblical creation as part of the science/Christian dialogue.

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.

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Lesson Plans

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Biblical Creation Texts

Outline notes for two sessions on the biblical creation texts.