Scientists in Congregations
All Saints’ was delighted to receive a “Scientists in Congregations” Award, and a small team (Steve Bellamy, Helen Wilson, Mark Ritchie and Keith Thrower) organised a programme of four talks under the title Science & Faith: Big Questions in Faringdon Corn Exchange.
About 200 people heard the first talk on Thursday 12th October by Dr Sharon Dirckx – a neuroscientist and Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics – on the question “Has science killed God?”. The talk can be heard here.
On Friday 3rd November, Dr Denis Alexander, a molecular biologist, author and Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge spoke on “Creation or evolution: do we have to choose?”. This talk can be heard here.
On Thursday 11th January, the Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, with a background in Immunology and a member of the UK Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, addressed the contentious subject “Designer babies: should we play God?”. This talk can be seen here. A review of this talk can be found here.
On Thursday 8th February, the Revd Dr Rodney Holder, mathematician, astrophysicist, author and a Faraday Associate spoke to the subject “God or the Big Bang?”.