Test of Faith Study Day

Science and religion are like two pillars supporting our everyday understanding of life, but how do they relate to each other? The study day, designed by The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, explores this question with the help of renowned scientists and academics, appearing on video, including Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS theoretical physicist, theologian, writer and Anglican priest. These scientists give their own accounts, explaining why they believe science can provide compelling reasons to believe that the universe has both a creator and a purpose.

Scientists explain why they see evidence for a creator in the very large objects, such as galaxies, along with the very small objects, including individual cells and DNA. The course takes us through questions like: How in the light of the big bang theory and the theory of evolution, should we interpret the beginning of the book of Genesis? Is evolution an undirected sequence of cause and effect, or is evolution guided towards a divine purpose? How can scripture combine with science to help us understand creation? What is our role as part of creation?

Questions raised on the day often do not have one definitive answer, so participants are welcome to give their views and explore the questions together throughout the event. The Reverend Dr Gordon Giles, will be leading and facilitating the course. Participants do not necessarily require advanced scientific or religious knowledge. All are welcome to come and join this one-day event which promises to be extremely interesting and enlightening.

The course is free and takes place between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday 24th February 2018 at St. Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ, in the church hall. A course book can be purchased for £5.00 on the day (This is optional, but recommended). A fish and chip supper, will also be available at 7:00 pm costing £10.00 per head. Please indicate when reserving a place, if you would like either of these.