Church Scientific

Baptist churches, Leeds

http://www.churchscientific.org.uk 

We want to empower students by showing them how scientific ideas are developed through imagination, creativity, discourse and observation within the created order; how a person’s scientific ideas form a more or less compatible subset of their overall belief-system; and therefore that a scientist’s proposals are somehow connected, for better or worse, to their most fundamental beliefs (which may be called ‘religious’).  If our Christian faith is true, then, it could actually help us do better science.

This project wants to empower students by showing them how scientific ideas are developed through imagination, creativity, discourse and observation within the created order; how a person’s scientific ideas form a more or less compatible subset of their overall belief-system; and therefore that a scientist’s proposals are somehow connected, for better or worse, to their most fundamental beliefs (which may be called ‘religious’).

Discussion style evenings based in Baptist churches in Leeds and open to all in which science students and science professionals give talks before taking part in a question and answer sessions. Preparatory training workshops will be held for students and science professionals from congregations across Leeds. The project will be open to participants from across Leeds and beyond.

Four videos from the project are publicly available from the project home page and on the project’s YouTube channel, one other is awaiting approval, and videos of all workshop sessions have been made available to the participants. Additionally, an expansive Prezi presentation has been created (available at http://churchscientific.org.uk/scientists-workshops/) to summarise the overall curriculum from the workshops.

Seven posters were created from a common template by participants, outlining their educational and ecclesiastical journeys and how their Christian faith interacted with their scientific work. The posters were printed at A1 size and made available for their creators to take away after the conference.  They may be viewed at http://churchscientific.org.uk/posters .