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News of future events on science and faith

04 August 2017


The Revd Julie Wearing (Vicar of St Faith & St Martin with St Peter at Arches, Lincoln) writes...

Lincoln is host to several events relating to the mutuality of science and faith later this year, exploring how science and faith working together can help us develop our thinking in different disciplines.

  • Conference on Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience and Religion, Science Religion Forum, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln: 31st August – 2nd September 2017. For more information see

  • Annual Gowland Public Lecture, Bishop Grosseteste University, on Thursday, 31st August 2017 at 8pm: Dr Liz Grant (Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Development) will be speaking in relation to mental wellbeing, neuroscience and religion. Free entry.

  • The Fruitfulness of Science and Faith: Saturday, 2nd September 2017 from 1.30pm until 5.15pm (St Nicholas Church, Newport, Lincoln). An afternoon of talks and discussion on the mutual benefit of science and faith. This event will also serve as the launch of a series of ‘Test of Faith’ courses across the diocese, allowing for greater exploration of the relationship between science and faith at a local level, while also highlighting that there are many scientists who have a deep Christian faith. 

Some of the information relating to this afternoon event has recently been confirmed:

The Revd Dr Michael Fuller (Teaching Fellow, School of Divinity, Edinburgh University)  A historical look at the relationship between science and faith

Dr Mark Harris (Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion, School of Divinity, Edinburgh University) – With apologies to Albert Einstein: is physics without religion lame, and religion without physics blind?

‘Its usually assumed in our society that science and religion are at war with each other, or at best have little to say to each other. Those who would like to find a more harmonious and constructive middle ground often quote Albert Einsteins famous claim, that Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. This talk will look at the question of whether science (especially physics) needs religion, and vice versa, and will suggest that, since all of the usual answers miss the point, we need to take a different perspective.

Professor Revd Nick Goulding (Director of Academic Development & Professor of Pharmacology & Medical Education, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry / St Albans Diocesan Advisor for Faith and Science) – God and the embryo – should we use human embryos in medical research and therapy?

Almost 40 years have passed since Louise Brown, the first ‘test-tube’ baby, was born. She is now a mum herself and IVF technology has become a routine service offered in the UK and around the world. As a result, hundreds of thousands of embryos are created each year but only a minority are implanted. The rest are stored, discarded or used in medical research. This talk will explore the theology and the ethics of using human embryos as a tool in research or a means to treat debilitating diseases. In particular, it will consider the question of whether an embryo is a person with full moral status.

For more information about the above events, please contact the Revd Julie Wearing via email or by calling 01522 41 58 58.