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.
Canon Professor David Wilkinson talks about the importance of science in his own Christian discipleship. He also reflects on the challenge of the Church remaining ‘silent’ on science and giving the illusion that it’s not an important issue. It is here where Wilkinson wishes to encourage clergy to engage with science.
Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, astronomer and Emeritus Professor, recently joined David Wilkinson for a personal interview about science, religion and his personal journey from atheism, through agnosticism, to Christian faith.
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 collaborative lecture Canon Professor David Wilkinson discusses the ‘end’ in the context of astronomy and the universe. Revd Tim Wall then leads a discussion of new creation – new heaven and new earth.
Drawing on some of the key theological questions (such as, the origin of the universe, the extent of the universe and the exploration of the universe) Canon Professor David Wilkinson takes these issues deeper talking about what we understand by the Christian doctrine of creation.
Dr Ruth Valerio interviewed by Canon Prof David Wilkinson on how she came to be passionate about the environment. Ruth reflects on her studies at university and recalls the crucial moment that she became deeply inspired by the stories of creation and how they link to ecology.