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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.