“Modern science was born out of a Christian theological matrix and this fine programme of activities and events aims to restore that sense of ‘belonging’ that science has within the community of faith. It is warmly recommended to all those who wish to see that traditional friendship between science and faith once again renewed and extended within Scottish congregations.”
Dr Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; Gifford Lecturer, University of St Andrews, 2012.
“One of the great challenges facing Christians in modernity is the alleged role of science to undermine strong theological claims. The discussion between scientists and theologians has been illuminating, but often fails to make its way to the actual life and work of congregations. This imaginative project is committed to overcoming that problem by actually attending to the work of scientists and its potential significance for congregational life. I very much hope that this will become a model for further such programs and initiatives at congregational level.”
Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School.
“I believe this project will provide valuable evidence that there are many scientists who can take both the insights of science and the insights of faith with equal due seriousness.”
Rev Professor John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, former Professor of Mathematical Physics, University of Cambridge, and President of Queens’ College, Cambridge.
“This is a key strategic programme in re-energising the resources of the local church in the fruitful dialogue of the Christian faith with science. It offers exciting resources and has a strong foundation in both scientific and theological literacy.”
Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College and Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University.
“At a time when some scientists are reviving the old idea that science and faith are incompatible – and some Christians seem to be playing into their hands – this programme is a sign of hope and new possibilities. We need to bring these vital areas of life into a creative and constructive dialogue, and here we have resources to do just that. I commend this whole programme with enthusiasm.”
Bishop Tom Wright, DD, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews.