Wesley Methodist Church

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Science Meets Faith

Monthly lectures on the Second Monday of the month from October to June, 7.15 pm for 7.45 pm


Please see below for details of our last lecture and the 2018/19 lecture programme.  

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Our next meeting:

Monday 13 May 2019, at 7.45 pm

“Science and Faith: An Eastern Orthodox Perspective” 

Revd Dr Christopher Knight
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, 
and Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion

Father Christopher Knight is a priest of the Orthodox Church. After completing a Ph.D. in astrophysics he took a degree in theology in order to be ordained in the Anglican church. His last post in that church was as Chaplain, Fellow, and Director of Studies in Theology at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He became a member of the Orthodox Church in 2002 and was ordained as a priest in that church in 2009. He is the Rector of the parish of the Holy Transfiguration in Great Walsingham, Norfolk, and from 2006 until 2016 he was the Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is the author of over fifty papers – mostly on the science-theology dialogue – and of two books in the Fortress Press’s “Theology and the Sciences” series: Wrestling With the Divine (2001) and The God of Nature (2007). His third book – Christianity and Science: An Eastern Orthodox View of the Science-Theology Dialogue – is due to appear in 2019.

This talk will highlight a number of ways in which Eastern Orthodox Christianity – because it is based largely on early Christian thinking and has never been influenced by medieval scholasticism or Reformation arguments – has a different understanding to that found in any form of modern Western Christianity. In
 particular, its understanding of the cosmos – and of its exploration through science – is distinctive in a number of areas. These include (i) its understanding of the use and limitations of theological and scientific languages; (ii) its focus on Christ in understanding the concept of creation; (iii) its sense that the empirical world can be understood theologically only when “the world to come” is taken fully into account; and (iv) its sense that material entities cannot be understood fully in materialist terms. This distinctive understanding can take up insights from science and from the philosophy of science in ways that are, for most Western Christians, quite new.  

 Programme for 2018/19

Listen Again

Recordings of many of the lectures from last year's series are available to listen again.