Original Research

The project’s Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Lydia Reid, has carried out two pieces of significant and original research on church leaders/educators engagement with science.

From 2018-2019 Dr Reid interviewed over ten church educators/advisors on their views toward artificial intelligence and technology, as well as potential avenues for including these topics in ministerial training.

During 2015 to 2017 Dr Reid carried out original research on clergy attitudes to science. As part of the project Reid conducted interviews with over 20 church leaders and senior church leaders, as well as conducting a nationwide survey of over 1,000 clergy from the UK. Her research explored the following themes in relation to science and christianity:

Media/Public Communication
Typologies (Ian Barbour, John Polkinghorne, Stephen Jay Gould)
Church Engagement
Artificial Intelligence
Climate Change
Genetic Engineering
Resources and Training

The research is currently being prepared for academic publication. For those of you interested in the findings – please contact lydia.j.reid@durham.ac.uk directly.