Personal Reflections

Interviews and lectures with Scientists, Theologians and Christians – all from a personal standpoint.

The place of coronavirus in God’s creation
The place of coronavirus in God’s creation
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The place of coronavirus in God’s creation

A short film exploring how coronavirus has changed our relationship with the natural world, featuring contributions from seven Bishops in the Church of England. Interviews conducted by Dr Thoko Kamwendo, video produced by Helen Billam.

Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19
Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19
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Theological and biblical narratives relating to Covid-19

We spoke to seven Bishops in the Church of England about biblical and theological narratives which they have found to be helpful and unhelpful in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Interviews were conducted by Dr Thoko Kamwendo and edited by Helen Billam.

How can Christian leaders model a healthy engagement with science?
How can Christian leaders model a healthy engagement with science?
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How can Christian leaders model a healthy engagement with science?

We asked seven bishops in the Church of England how Christian leaders can model a healthy engagement with science, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Interviews were conducted by Dr Thoko Kamwendo and edited by Helen Billam.

 

Resilience in the face of lockdown (21:05)
Resilience in the face of lockdown (21:05)
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Resilience in the face of lockdown (21:05)

Guest sermon from Rt Rev Dr Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford to St. John’s College, Durham on Philippians 1:1-18: Resilience in the face of lockdown.

Prayer during crisis: lessons from the Gospel of Mark (25:43)
Prayer during crisis: lessons from the Gospel of Mark (25:43)
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Prayer during crisis: lessons from the Gospel of Mark (25:43)

Revd Prof David Wilkinson looks at Mark 2:1-12, the healing of the paralysed man, and offers some lessons around prayer during a crisis.

In Conversation with Professor Margaret Boden (Interview) (1hr 18 mins)
In Conversation with Professor Margaret Boden (Interview) (1hr 18 mins)
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In Conversation with Professor Margaret Boden (Interview) (1hr 18 mins)

In-depth interview with Professor Boden on her career and life as a scientist.

Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)
Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)
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Order, Chaos and Creation – an interview with Professor Tom McLeish (2015) (Interview) (06:19)

Professor Tom McLeish reflects on science and Christianity referring to the book of Job as a place where clear links between the two can be found. He refers to an extract in Job which consists of 135 questions about the natural world. Questions such as: ‘Do you know where light comes from?’ ‘Where does hail come from? ‘Can you explain why the hawk navigates to the south?’ – all of which illustrate one of the most important aspects of science – asking questions. McLeish’s argument can be found in more detail in his book Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014).

Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)
Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)
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Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Professor Brian Cox (Interview) (09:56)

Professor Brian Cox on why he agreed to address clergy from the Church of England. He discusses the implications of living in a multiverse and the problem of deriving ‘meaning’ from science.

Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Interview) (03:30)
Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Interview) (03:30)
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Leeds Diocesan Conference 2016 – an interview with Canon Professor David Wilkinson (Interview) (03:30)

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.

Science and Faith – an interview with Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale (2014) (Interview) (12:07)
Science and Faith – an interview with Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale (2014) (Interview) (12:07)
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Science and Faith – an interview with Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale (2014) (Interview) (12:07)

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.

Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)
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Current Understandings of Human Evolution – Dr Graeme Finlay (Lecture) (1hr 12mins)

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.

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