Thursday, October 23, 2014

Videos on Genesis and Science

Today we watched and discussed several excellent videos that deal with the issue of how science is related to Genesis.

Science and Genesis, featuring John Polkinghorne, Alister McGrath, N.T. Wright, and others

Enuma Elish. This Babylonian creation myth contrasts with the Genesis text.

Test of Faith. The videos are not online. You have to buy them. But snippets are available on Youtube

We also discussed "The World as Creation," chapter 3 in Gods that Fail by Vinoth Ramachandra.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Awe and wonder at science

Today I discussed how as a scientist I respond to the awe and wonder of the universe. Here are my slides.

To illustrate the immense scales of the known universe I showed the wonderful movie Powers of Ten.


Creation, Genesis, and the Big Bang

Tomorrow I will give a lecture on Creation and the Big Bang. Here are the slides.

With regard to the scientific evidence for the Big bang and the age of the universe the Wikipedia page has a good description.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Historical interactions between science and theology

On tuesday we will start to look at important historical events. The lecture will be based partly on these slides prepared by Denis Alexander from the Faraday Institute in Cambridge.

In preparation students read the paper, "The Bible and the Emergence of Modern Science," by Peter Harrison. The paper discusses the significance of images such as those of the pelican below.

Introductory lectures on science and theology

Here are the slides for material I will present to the SAIACS apologetics class.

There are three important ideas

1. God's two books
2. Four different models for relating science and religion: conflict, independence, fusion, and complementarity.
  [Here the Faraday paper by Denis Alexander is helpful].
3. Science and philosophy are not the same thing.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Student essays on science and theology

This coming week I am on leave from work. I am back in Bangalore at SAIACS teaching in the apologetics course about the relationship between science and theology. Students will write an essay on one of the following three topics.

a.  Respond to the two statements, “Science and the Bible contradict one another. Christians must believe the Bible and reject science.” You should include a discussion of the idea of “God’s two books”.

b. What is the “Big bang theory”? Review the scientific evidence for it. How is this scientific theory relevant to discussions of the relationship between science and theology?

c. Briefly review one of the historical events (the trial of Galileo, Darwin’s publication of The Origin of the Species, the Scopes trial in the USA) that are sometimes claimed to be evidence of the conflict between science and the Bible. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the actions of Christians in the event.

Here are some tips on writing essays.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Awe and wonder talk

Today I am giving a talk,  "Awe and wonder: science and worship" at the Credo Academy in Stockholm. Here are the slides. It is based on an earlier post.
This is the first time I have given this particular talk and so will be interested to see how it goes.