Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

What is truth?


The overall aim of the project ‘What is truth?’ is by the end of the programme to establish a viable, sustainable and robust network of people that will impact the life of the church and function in the ‘Missio Dei’ i.e. how the church takes its place in the world in which it is set. We are taking our title from the interrogation of Christ by Pilate in John’s Gospel ch.18 and about where we are, or where we can position our community with regard to the truth in the engagement of Science-Christian Faith. The project ‘What is truth?’ will aim for agreement, coherence and cohesion between areas of our life and understanding on some of the following terms:

  • Ecclesial – bringing to bear the sense of leading the participants into ‘being the church’ whilst holding the vocational principle of taking us from where we are to where we need to be.
  • Pedagogical principles of the Rule of St Benedict – ‘Let us establish a school for the Lord’s service’.
  • Evangelisation –how we are impacting the society in which we are set.
  • Realising the ‘Missio Dei’ in all its possibilities in this deeper engagement.
  • Facilitating international, inter-cultural, interdisciplinary, ecumenical approaches.
  • Commitment to ‘spirituality/biodiversity’ in ‘Science-Religion’ Dialogue.
  • Stimulate discussion, analysis, reflection for transformation from ‘indifference to engagement’ from the ‘abstract to reality’, from ‘conflict to consensus’.

Key Questionsst andrews cathedral, aberdeen

  1. How can we progress from appreciating the present situation, challenges and questions for science/faith as they are addressed in the existing domain/scholarship of ‘Science-Religion’ Dialogue?
  2.  Given the breadth, diversity and scope of the existing community, what are the present, relevant themes that we can elicit/agree and discover together for a local ‘Science-Religion’ Dialogue?
  3.  How can we properly build the capacity to establish a network of real people with competence and confidence to provide for ‘right relationship’ between science and faith?
  4.  How these matters look to us, and are understood by us, and to define/redefine the relationship between science and faith?


November 27, 2014 Autumn School on Science-Religion Dialogue of the project ‘What is truth?’
February 27, 2015  The open CONTEST on identifying and approving a set of Science-Religion Dialogue themes of the project ‘What is truth?’
April  10, 2015  The official opening of the series of presentations of the accepted Science-Religion Dialogue themes of the project ‘What is truth?’
July 24, 2015        The first day of the Summer School on Science-Religion Dialogue of the project ‘What is truth?’
February 13, 2016        The presentation, LAST STAGE ANALYSIS and DEBATE within the community of Saint Andrew Cathedral, Aberdeen .Assimilating the detailed information and data regarding the final stance of the primary task and seeking to define the CONTINUITY of  the project ‘What is truth?’taking us into the second part of 2015, and possible 2016 – establishing the means for a “new” long term Science-Religion dialogue and process impacting wider diocesan church life e.g.– a small religious community from Aberdeenshire– a medium size Church from Orkney,and  with  Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.
February 27, 2016        The presentation, LAST STAGE ANALYSIS and DEBATE  

Project Co-Director: Very Rev. Richard E.Kilgour Project Co-Director: Prof. Nicolae Bulz