God, Science & the Meaning of Life: C. S. Lewis and Richard Dawkins.

Speaker(s): Alister McGrath, Arnold Sikkema, Dennis Danielson
Date: Fall 2018
Length: 1h10m
Product ID: RGDL4802AT

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This is a Interface Lecture Series talk given during the fall of 2018.

C. S. Lewis is one of the best-known Christian apologists in the world. Richard Dawkins is one of the best-known atheist apologists in the world. Alister McGrath (Oxford University) has written best-selling studies of each of these fascinating authors. So what do they have to say on the meaning of life? How do they understand the role of the natural sciences in helping us work out the meaning of life? In this lecture, Professor McGrath engages in dialogue with these writers in exploring some of the biggest questions of life.

The lecture was followed by responses from Dennis Danielson, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia, and Arnold Sikkema, Professor of Physics at Trinity Western University and Past President of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation. Interface offers lectures, articles and other resources that probe and preserve the relationship between theology and science, working toward healing the breach between these disciplines as they have taken shape in our late modern age.

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Interface has been made possible through the John Templeton Foundation. The Foundation aims to advance human well-being by supporting research on the Big Questions, and by promoting character development, individual freedom, and free markets. The Foundation takes its vision from its founding benefactor, the late Sir John Templeton, who sought to stimulate what he described as 'spiritual progress.'

See All Audio by Alister McGrath Arnold Sikkema Dennis Danielson

Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He is author of many books, including A Scientific Theology,The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World, Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, and The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine.n

Dr. Arnold Sikkema is a board member of the Geneva Society for Reformational Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, past-president of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation.

Dennis Danielson is Professor and Associate Head of English at UBC. Upon completing a BA at the University of Victoria (1972) he studied Intellectual History at Sussex (MA, 1973) and English Literature at Oxford and Stanford (PhD, 1979). After beginning his career at the University of Ottawa he took up a tenured position at UBC in 1986. Danielson has served in the Faculty of Arts as chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the UBC Essay Competition, member of the Dean's Tenure and Promotion Committee, and pioneer member of Foundations, an interdisciplinary integrated First Year program. He has also acted as a freelance critic on traffic and the environment at UBC. He is actively engaged in research linking the humanities and the sciences, and his work on the history of cosmology has recently received attention in both scientific and popular media. For the year 2002 he is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

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