Would you like to be stronger, happier or cleverer? Would you like your children to do well at exams or win cups in athletics championships? On 17th February Rev Dr Justin Tomkins will explore the thought-provoking subject of Human Enhancement, the concept of using science, medicine and technology not just to make sick people well, but to make already healthy people cleverer, stronger, happier.
On a clear winter night it is not difficult to look up and get a sense of the vastness of the universe, and our own insignificance in the scheme of things. The first patent application for a telescope from Hans Lippershey was quickly improved on by Galileo Galilei in 1609, who used it to start the train of investigation that has led to humankind estimating the age of the universe, developing concepts of dark matter, dark energy, the big bang, oscilating universe,multi-universes etc. If you’ve ever wondered what are some of the current concepts of modern cosmology, are they real or just fantasy, does the core understanding of cosmology challenge a biblical view of the universe and our part in it, then come to listen to Rev Dr Richard Tweedy give his talk on 20th January 2015.
Have you ever said to yourself ‘surely a scientific view of the world prevents you from believing in a loving, creator God’ or ‘If there is a God, I’m sure He’s not interested in my professional life’. Or, as for many scientists, have you asked the big question, ‘Is there evidence for God?’. If so then we highly recommend you come along to listen to a talk by Professor Sir Roy Peacock on Tuesday 21st October, at 8.00 pm at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS.
Our speaker on Tuesday 16 September 2014 is Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials and Director of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Oxford.
Don’t worry, he is not going to talk about quantum information! He plans to talk about curiosity, about whether there is anything different about the search for religious truth. If you are curious about big questions, bring a like-minded friend. On the other hand, if you aren’t curious about anything at all, ask yourself why not! The condition could be curable. Continue reading
In March this year, many of us lost a faithful and inspiring friend. As she approached her death, the calm dignity and confidence in God’s loving faithfulness exhibited by Ann Coyle and her family encouraged many of us to grow even deeper in our faith. We thank the Coyle family and CiS for letting us reproduce the following celebration of Ann’s life of love for God and His creation, published in the CiS PreCiS newsletter earlier this year. We remain indebted to Ann for her part in establishing the Bible and Science Worcester group, that is now affiliated with CiS.
The Organising Committee: Kim Stansfield, Chris Shepherd, Geoff Pritchard, Colin Reed, Jim Smith
‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ann Coyle, a valued member of the organising committee of the Worcester CiS group. Ann passed away peacefully on the 28th of March following a two year battle with cancer.
Ann always had a strong love for nature and took great delight in all things animal. Much of her life was spent searching for, observing, keeping and teaching about animals; from caterpillars and stick insects to rats, cats and dogs. She loved to discover more about the natural world and found great joy in sharing that passion with others.
Ann fell in love with Jesus whilst at University studying Zoology and Psychology with her focus on animal behaviour. Throughout her life her faith and love for God grew, impacting and encouraging countless others. As her relationship with the Creator deepened, she sought to understand His relationship with His creation and the science which describes it so well.
For many years, Ann’s exploration of the interaction of science and faith was conducted without the benefit of many of the excellent resources available today. As a result, she was passionate in her support of CiS and other groups which facilitate those exploring the science and faith dialogue.
Over the last few years, her support took on a more official role as she helped to build, grow and organise the Worcester ‘Bible and Science’ discussion group which became affiliated with CiS last year. She was a highly valued member of the team and the wider CiS community and will be greatly missed for her organisation, enthusiasm, encouragement, and the unfailing joy and faith with which she praised Jesus in every circumstance.
During the two years of her illness, Ann’s unshakable faith and joy in Jesus became even clearer. She tirelessly went out of her way to love, bless and pray for others, honestly sharing her own struggles and relentlessly praising and glorifying God. Throughout this time particularly, she was a profound inspiration to her many friends and the countless others who heard her story.
Ann’s battle with cancer ended in the profound and joyous knowledge that she had completed the race she had been running with Jesus since she found Him at the age of 19. She died as she had lived, safe in the knowledge that she was in the loving hands of the God who she had known and loved for so many years, seeking to honour and glorify Him in everything she had done.
Whilst there is sadness, there is also great peace for Ann’s family and friends who rejoice with her that she is now, finally, truly home with our Father in heaven, hearing those words, “Well done, good and faithful one”.
Those who have been close to Ann during this time rejoice in the truth of this passage which Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The only victory in this belongs to Jesus and those who choose to share in it.
Ann will be fondly remembered as a passionate nature-lover, a caring friend, a tireless and efficient worker, a loving wife and mother and so much more. Above all, Ann’s life beautifully reflected the love she had for God and the joy she knew in knowing His love for her. We rejoice with her as she celebrates with the One who made her.’
Are we becoming more intelligent, bigger, stronger, more savage, or what – in short, are we still evolving? If so – should we regard ourselves as simply some accidental by-product of nature? At the final Bible and Science Worcester Talk in our current series, Simon Conway Morris, a Christian and Professor of Palaeobiology at Cambridge University argues not.
A Christian Perspective on the Energy Sustainability, Cost Effective Energy and Environmental Protection Trilemma
Energy bills and the security of energy supplies have recently featured in the news. Oil and gas extraction by “Fracking” (Hydraulic cracking of oil/ gas bearing shale) has been proposed as the short/medium term solution to Britain’s own requirements. Continue reading
On Tuesday 21 January 2014 at 8.00 pm Dr David Webster will make a
presentation for Bible and Science Worcester on the topic of: ‘Where is God when we are sick?’ David will discuss how he has linked his experience of General Practice in the West Midlands since the mid 1970s treating ill and dying patients, and his perspective developed from his deeply held Christian faith.
As usual, the venue will be Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester, WR1 3JS
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Dr Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, will be presenting on ‘Genes, Determinism and God’, at the next Bible and Science Worcester talk on 19th November 2013. Dr Alexander will seek to cover the following issues. Please download and display the poster for this event, Denis Alexander – 19 Nov 13, or read on for more information. Continue reading